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What is diaper rash?

Diaper rash, or diaper dermatitis, is a condition involving irritation of the area underneath the diaper. It can affect children of any age wearing a diaper and is the most common skin rash in infants and toddlers.

Get the Treatment Your Child Needs

Most diaper rashes improve with over-the-counter treatments and go away within 3 days. In some cases, the rash may be due to a fungal or bacterial infection, which can be treated with prescription medication. If you've tried over-the-counter treatments and your child's diaper rash has not improved, an Alpha Provider can help.

Diaper Rash Treatments
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  • Applying cream or ointment that contains petrolatum, zinc oxide, or Vitamin A&D
  • A mild steroid or hydrocortisone cream
  • An antifungal cream
  • Oral or topical antibiotics

Seek Immediate Care If Your Child Has These Symptoms
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Call a doctor right away or seek immediate in-person medical care if your child:

  • Is less than 1 month old and has a diaper rash, blisters, pimples, pus, or other symptoms such as fever or altered behavior
  • Is less than 3 months old and has a fever greater than 100.3°F
  • Has underlying medical conditions and has a fever
  • Has a rash that is rapidly spreading, severe, or involves the mouth or lips
  • Is not taking fluids or does not urinate in over 10 hours
  • Has less than 4 wet diapers in 24 hours
  • Is more irritable than normal
  • Experiences difficulty breathing or swallowing, significant facial swelling or persistent vomiting or diarrhea accompanying a new or worsening rash. Call 911 or go immediately to the nearest Emergency Room if this is the case, as this could be a serious and life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Is your child suffering from diaper rash? Alpha Providers can help.

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Learn About Diaper Rash

What causes diaper rash and how can it be prevented? Learn the causes and prevention tips from our Alpha Providers.

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  • Contact between stool or urine & skin under the diaper
  • A diaper that’s too tight or contains irritating chemicals
  • Sensitivity to ingredients in soaps, detergents, wipes, dyes, or topical products
  • Moist environment from not changing a diaper soon enough
  • New foods that cause changes in stool content
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  • Change diapers frequently
  • Gently clean the baby’s bottom with mild products or soaps
  • Ensure diapers fit properly
  • Avoid baby wipes or powders that contain alcohol or scented products
  • Leave the baby’s bottom exposed to air for periods of time when possible

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