Health Tip: When Diaper Rash Needs a Doctor

-- Diaper rash is usually managed and treated at home without a doctor's supervision. There are cases, however, when it's best to call a pediatrician.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these warning signs that diaper rash should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • The rash breaks out when the baby is 6 weeks or younger.
  • The rash has small ulcers or pimples.
  • The rash is accompanied by fever, nodules or large bumps.
  • The infant doesn't look well or has lost weight.
  • The rash spreads beyond the diaper area, including to the scalp, face or arms.
  • The rash doesn't improve with treatment after a week.

Posted: February 2010


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