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Diaper Rash

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about diaper rash?

Diaper rash is a kind of dermatitis (skin inflammation) that forms where a diaper touches your child's skin. Diaper rash can occur at any age but is most common between 7 and 12 months.

What increases my child's risk for diaper rash?

What are the signs and symptoms of diaper rash?

The rash may be located on the skin surface, in the skin folds, or both. Your child may have any of the following:

How is diaper rash treated?

Treatment may include medicines to treat an infection caused by bacteria or a fungus. You may need to apply the medicine as a cream or ointment to your child's skin. Some medicines may need to be given by mouth.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage or prevent diaper rash?

What can I do to prevent diaper rash if my child wears cloth diapers?

Presoak all diapers that have bowel movement on them. Wash diapers in hot water and dye-free or perfume-free laundry soap. Rinse them at least 2 times to get rid of extra laundry soap. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Try not to use plastic pants. If you must use plastic pants, attach them loosely around the diaper. This will help air flow in and out of the diaper and keep your child's skin drier.

When should I call my child's doctor?

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