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First Aid: Diaper Rash

First Aid

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.

Signs and Symptoms

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:

What to Do

Seek Medical Care


Think Prevention!

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

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