Diaper Rash

Your caregiver has diagnosed your baby as having diaper rash.

CAUSES

Diaper rash can have a number of causes. The baby's bottom is often wet, so the skin there becomes soft and damaged. It is more susceptible to inflammation (irritation) and infections. This process is caused by the constant contact with:

  • Urine.

  • Fecal material.

  • Retained diaper soap.

  • Yeast.

  • Germs (bacteria).

TREATMENT

  • If the rash has been diagnosed as a recurrent yeast infection (monilia), an antifungal agent such as Monistat® cream will be useful.

  • If the caregiver decides the rash is caused by a yeast or bacterial (germ) infection, he may prescribe an appropriate ointment or cream. If this is the case today:

  • Use the cream or ointment 3 times per day, unless otherwise directed.

  • Change the diaper whenever the baby is wet or soiled.

  • Leaving the diaper off for brief periods of time will also help.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Most diaper rash responds readily to simple measures.

  • Just changing the diapers frequently will allow the skin to become healthier.

  • Using more absorbent diapers will keep the baby's bottom dryer.

  • Each diaper change should be accompanied by washing the baby's bottom with warm soapy water. Dry it thoroughly. Make sure no soap remains on the skin.

  • Over the counter ointments such as A&D®, petrolatum and zinc oxide paste may also prove useful. Ointments, if available, are generally less irritating than creams. Creams may produce a burning feeling when applied to irritated skin.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

The rash has not improved in 2 to 3 days, or if the rash gets worse. You should make an appointment to see your baby's caregiver.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

A fever develops over 100.4° F (38.0° C) or as your caregiver suggests.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.