Diaper rash is a common skin condition in babies. Usually, the rash is due to irritation caused by the diaper, but it can have other causes not related to diaper use.
Irritant rashes are most common and are caused by contact with urine (pee), feces (poop), and sweat.
Signs of diaper rash include:
Rashes also can be caused by skin infection due to yeast or bacteria. If infection related, signs include:
The best way to prevent diaper rash is to keep your baby's skin as dry and clean as possible and change diapers often so feces and urine won't irritate the skin.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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