Babies have very delicate skin and because the skin under a diaper is constantly damp that skin can easily become very irritated. Diaper rash is a form of dermatitis (irritated skin) and appears as bright red, inflamed and sometimes raw skin. Wet diapers, diapers that are not changed frequently, skin sensitivity, introduction of solid foods and chafing can all contribute to the development of diaper rash.
The skin under the diaper area will appear red and irritated. Sometimes you will see erosions or even blisters or small pustules. Typically, the baby’s bottom and genitals are included and the folds of skin are spared. Occasionally, some areas just outside of the diaper area such as the baby’s upper thighs or abdomen will also be involved.
A baby’s diapers should be changed frequently and as soon as possible after they become soiled. When bathing, make sure to wash with a gentle cleanser, dry the skin well and then apply a thick barrier cream such as zinc oxide. However, sometimes despite doing all these things your baby will still have a rash. Your dermatologist can prescribe topical medications and provide care tips that will improve your baby’s diaper rash.
*This webpage is for informational purposes and is not intended to be, and should not be relied upon as, medical advice. Any medical concerns should be addressed with a physician.