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Diaper Rash Signs and Symptoms

Other Possible Diaper Rash Symptoms or Signs

There are other, less common causes of a diaper rash besides irritation. These can result in a different-looking diaper rash. Some symptoms and signs might include:
  • The affected area of skin is red, raised, and scaly instead of just being red and flat.
  • The skin has patches of red and yellow greasy, itchy, scaly skin in the folds of the skin between the thighs and body. This type of rash, known as seborrhea, may also be found in other areas of the body at the same time, including on the scalp (where it is known as cradle cap), face, neck, and other skin folds.

When to Call the Healthcare Provider

Most diaper rashes can be treated at home without contacting your healthcare provider. However, you should call your baby's healthcare provider if the rash does not improve after the basic treatment steps are taken and it looks like it just isn't getting better.
You should also set up an appointment if:
  • Your child is younger than one month old and the rash looks like tiny water blisters or pimples in a cluster
  • He or she has a fever above 100.4ºF or 38ºC
  • Your child has bloody stool or a change in the pattern of dirty or wet diapers (such as diarrhea, constipation, or increased urination)
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • The rash becomes bright red, with red bumps around the diaper area
  • It has grown so that it is now visible in the skin folds
  • It has spread beyond the immediate diaper area
  • It is very raw, bleeds, or develops open sores
  • The rash does not improve after three days of home treatment.
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