Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy and Comfortable

Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis) that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom. It is often related to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity and chafing. (It usually affects babies, though anyone who wears a diaper regularly can develop the condition.)

Diaper rash can alarm parents and annoy babies. But it usually clears up with simple at-home treatments, such as air-drying, more frequent diaper changes and over-the-counter diaper-rash ointment.

Diaper rash is marked by red, tender-looking skin in the diaper region – buttocks, thighs and genitals. You may notice your baby seems more uncomfortable than usual, especially during diaper changes. A baby with a diaper rash often fusses or cries when the diaper area is washed or touched.

If your baby’s skin doesn’t improve after a few days of home treatment, talk with your doctor. Sometimes, you’ll need a prescription medication to treat diaper rash.

-Source: Mayo Clinic