Diaper Rash Information
A diaper rash is a flat, red rash within the diaper area. The buttocks, upper thighs, lower abdomen (stomach), and genitals are the most common areas affected. In more severe cases, the skin can be painful and the rash raised, thickened, peeling, weeping, and/or bleeding.
Most cases of diaper rash occur due to irritation of the skin from stool or urine. This is known as an irritant diaper rash. These types of rashes can become more severe if they are infected with yeast or bacteria. This is more likely to happen if the diaper rash is left untreated for more than a couple of days.
Diaper rashes can usually be treated at home without seeing a healthcare provider. Successful treatment focuses on minimizing moisture, friction, and irritation from stool and urine to the affected area. This means more frequent diaper changes, diaper-free periods, and being gentle (see Diaper Rash Treatment for specific suggestions). A diaper rash cream or ointment is also needed.
Most rashes get better with home treatment and time. However, you should contact your healthcare provider for more information if the diaper rash does not improve after the basic treatment steps are taken.
(Click Diaper Rash for more information about other possible causes, signs and symptoms, home remedies, and prevention strategies.)