Babies can develop the occasional case of diaper rash, even with the best care.
This uncomfortable red irritation on the skin of the buttocks and genital area is caused by the area coming in contact with urine and stool in the baby’s diaper.
Diaper rash will often go away by itself without treatment.
Change the baby’s diaper frequently.
Clean the baby’s skin thoroughly with warm water and mild soap at each diaper change. Apply petroleum jelly several times a day to clean, dry skin to protect it from irritation.
If the diaper rash is very bad, allow the child to go without diapers as much as possible for a couple of days. Exposing the skin to air will make the child more comfortable and speed healing.
Signs and Symptoms that should be taken care
Signs of infection (increased redness, or discharge from the rash) with or without fever.
Diaper rash that doesn’t improve after 3 days of self-care.
Repeated bouts of diaper rash .
Diaper rash without other symptoms.