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Diaper rash is a red rash that develops on the skin under a baby's diaper. Most babies get diaper rash, and those with sensitive skin may develop a chronic or recurring rash.
Diaper rash can range from mild skin irritation to a more severe rash with open sores. A diaper rash most often affects the skin on the groin, in the folds of skin between the legs, and on the buttocks. Typically, babies develop diaper rash between the ages of 4 and 15 months. Sometimes a diaper rash appears when the baby begins to eat solid food.
Diaper rash has many causes, such as a yeast infection, acid in the baby's stool or diarrhea, ammonia in the baby's urine, or use of diapers that are too tight or are not changed frequently enough.
Treatment for diaper rash includes keeping the area dry and clean, using a diaper rash cream, and letting your baby go without a diaper when possible. A mild diaper rash usually heals with 3 to 4 days of treatment. If the diaper rash is caused by an infection, we may treat the infection with a medicated cream.
A common cause of diaper rash is infection by a fungus or yeast called Candida. Candida grows best in a warm, moist environment, such as under a diaper. A diaper rash caused by Candida may also result when an infant or a nursing mother is taking antibiotics, when the baby has diarrhea, or when the area under the diaper is not kept dry and clean.
Other causes for diaper rash may be bowel movements that contain too much acid (especially with diarrhea) or urine that contains too much ammonia, which can occur when bacteria break down the urine.
Diaper rash can also be a result of an allergic reaction to soap and other products used to clean the diapers. Sometimes, diaper rash is a result of the diaper being too tight and rubbing on the skin. A rash also can develop when moisture gets trapped under the diaper.
Diaper rash usually appears on the groin, buttocks, and the folds of your baby's skin on the upper thighs or between the legs. You may first notice a red rash when you change your baby's diaper. The rash may develop on separate areas of your baby's bottom and then spread into one big rash.
On boys, a bright red rash may appear on the scrotum and penis and become scaly. In girls, the bright red rash may appear around the vagina and labia. If the rash worsens, you may also see bumps, pimples, and even pus-filled or open sores. Babies who are old enough may grab at or try to scratch at their bottom when you remove their diaper.
If you're not sure if the rash is a diaper rash, check the location of the rash. Diaper rashes do not spread beyond the area covered by the diaper.
We usually diagnose a diaper rash by its appearance and location. If we need to identify a specific type of infection (fungus or yeast) to prescribe the proper medication, we may carefully take a small sample to send to the laboratory for testing.
The best way to prevent diaper rash is to keep the area of skin beneath the diaper dry and clean. Change your baby's diaper often and be sure your baby's care providers do the same. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin beneath the diaper. Use lukewarm water and a cotton ball or soft washcloth to gently wipe your baby's bottom when changing the diaper. If a diaper rash develops, you can use a squirt bottle to clean the area to avoid rubbing sensitive skin and making it worse.
Do not use wipes that contain alcohol or perfume, as they may irritate your baby's skin. Avoid using cornstarch or talcum powder on your baby's bottom, which can worsen a diaper rash that is caused by a yeast infection.
When possible, lay your baby on a towel or blanket and let him or her go without a diaper. "Airing" your baby's bottom allows it to heal more quickly. You may go through a few towels if your baby urinates or has a bowel movement without a diaper. Be sure to clean your baby right away and then place them on a clean towel or blanket.
Make sure you are not using plastic or rubber pants over a cloth diaper. The plastic traps the moisture under the diaper and puts your baby at higher risk for developing a diaper rash. Instead, use highly absorbent diapers that pull moisture away from your baby's bottom.
If you use cloth diapers, avoid using dryer sheets, as they can irritate your baby's skin. Be sure to run the diapers through several rinse cycles in the washing machine to ensure that all soap is removed.
Finally, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before and after each diaper change.
If your baby's diaper rash is mild, home treatment is usually all that is needed. Keep the area clean and dry and remove the diaper for a few hours a day until the diaper rash heals, usually within 2 to 3 days. If the rash spreads or worsens, your baby may need additional treatment.
Nonprescription diaper rash cream. Apply a thick layer of a cream that contains zinc oxide (such as Desitin) or petroleum jelly (such as Original A&D ointment) to keep moisture away and protect the skin. You can use one of the nonprescription diaper rash creams, such as Butt Paste, Triple Paste, Zinc Oxide, or Acid Mantle. Lanolin ointment (such as Lansinoh) may soothe your baby's tender skin. Make sure the baby's bottom is completely dry before you apply a diaper cream.
It is not necessary to remove all of the diaper rash cream or petroleum jelly each time you change a diaper. Just pat the area clean after a diaper change. Reapply the cream, ointment, or petroleum jelly as needed.
Prescription diaper rash cream. If the diaper rash is a result of a fungal or yeast infection, we may recommend an antifungal cream or ointment until the rash heals. Examples of antifungal creams include miconazole, nystatin, clotrimazole, econazole, and ketaconazole.
If the diaper rash is severe, we may prescribe a corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation. Do not use a nonprescription corticosteroid cream (contains hydrocortisone) unless we recommend it. Doing so can cause long-term damage to your baby's skin.
Please call the Appointment and Advice line if your baby's rash doesn't respond to treatment or doesn't heal when expected. The rash should usually improve within 2 to 3 days.
We also recommend that you call us if any of the following occur:
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, and your concerns are urgent, please contact our Appointment and Advice line, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our advice nurses can give you immediate advice, and our telephone staff can send me a message or schedule an appointment for your child.
Depending on your child’s symptoms and medical history and your preferences, the nurse may:
Whether by phone or in person, we will discuss your child’s symptoms and medical history, and address your concerns. Together we will create a treatment plan to help your child feel better.
You can connect with me in a variety of ways, depending on the situation and what is most convenient for you at the time. I am available online, by telephone, or in person.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and health education, makes getting care for your child easier.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your child’s care to stay current on your child’s health status and to collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your child’s condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your child’s medications are working and make adjustments as needed.
Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically, in advance.If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures, such as X-rays, we will schedule an appointment with the Radiology Department.
When the results are ready, I will contact you with the results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your child’s laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
My specialty colleagues are readily available to assist me if I need additional advice about your child’s condition. In some cases, I may contact them during your visit, so we can discuss your child’s care together. If we decide your child needs a specialty appointment after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
My goal is to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your child’s health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
My Doctor Online is available to help you manage your child’s care at any time that is most convenient for you. From my home page you can:
You can begin to manage your child’s care online by requesting access through our Act for a Family Member feature. Once you have added your child to your account, you can:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
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