Diaper Rash Treatment
When to Call the Healthcare Provider
Most diaper rashes can be treated at home without contacting your healthcare provider. The tricky part about diaper rash is that secondary rashes and infections can occur if the initial outbreak is not treated promptly and effectively.
Call your child's healthcare provider if the rash does not improve after the basic diaper rash treatment steps are taken and the rash looks like it just isn't getting better. Most cases are better within three days.
You should also bring your child in to have the rash examined if he or she:
- Is younger than one month old and the rash looks like tiny water blisters or pimples in a cluster
- Has a fever above 100.4ºF or 38ºC
- Has bloody stool
- Has a change in the pattern of dirty or wet diapers (such as diarrhea, constipation, or increased urination)
- Looks or acts very sick.
Or if the rash:
- Becomes bright red, with red bumps around the diaper area
- Has grown so that it is now visible in the skin folds
- Has spread beyond the immediate diaper area
- Is very raw, bleeds, or develops open sores.