What Is Diaper Rash?

Diaper Rash Overview

Diaper rash is a skin irritation that happens in the diaper area. Almost all babies get diaper rash at some time or another. Read below for valuable information on how to treat and prevent diaper rash.

How to Identify Diaper Rash

If your baby’s diaper area is irritated, inflamed, pink or red, extra sensitive to touch, swollen or has raised bumps, chances are you’re looking at diaper rash.

When to Call the Doctor

Diaper rash is common, and you can easily treat most cases at home with over-the-counter treatments like Dr. Smith’s®. But, if you see these things, you’ll want to check with your baby’s doctor:

  • Rash isn’t better after 2-3 days of treatment. It could be something else that needs special attention.
  • Rash comes with increased pain, warmth or redness or fever. Also, if any fluid is leaking or draining from the rash, or if you see blisters, scabs or open sores in the diaper area, these could all be signs of a secondary infection.
  • Rash looks like it has spread to other parts of the body. It might not be diaper rash at all, but rather a different skin condition that needs attention.
  • Rash is concentrated mostly in the folds of skin. This might be a yeast infection or other skin condition that needs another form of treatment.