What are Symptoms of Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash will come on very quickly, and will affect the baby’s bottom that is closest to the moist diaper. There are some symptoms of the rash that are very common but vary in what a diaper rash looks like.
If you are having a problem with your baby you may see some of if not all of these symptoms.
- Pinkness or redness where ever the diaper touches the baby
- Dry raised bumps
- If the bottom is real red you may see fluid filled bumps
- Scaling of the skin
- Swelling or edema
- May be warm to the touch
How can I tell if my baby has diaper rash?
Diaper rash can be different for each baby and may show different signs in appearances, like:
- Warm to the touch
- Dry raised bumps
- Fluid filled bumps
- Dry skin
What causes diaper rash?
Diaper rash is one of the most common conditions experienced during the first 3 years of life. It mostly occurs in 6-12 months of age, continues through the 2 and 3 years of age. It is mostly caused by prolonged exposure to wetness to the skin. Other causes can be:
- Prolonged exposure to urine and feces
- When certain foods are eaten by a breast feeding mom
- When solid foods are introduced to a baby’s diet
- When taking antibiotics
- If your baby has sensitive skin such as eczema
- Irritation from a new product like soap, diaper, detergent or fabric softener and wipes
- Chafing by friction of a tight diaper or tight clothing
When does a doctor need to be called for a diaper rash?
Only when your baby is experiencing some of the following:
- Fever is present
- When rash spreads to other areas of the body
- If your baby’s rash starts to blister or bleed
- Cries out in pain when the rash is touched
- When the symptoms do not improve after seven days or does not respond to treatment
- If swallowed or comes in contact with your baby’s eyes, call the physician for treatment, medical help, or call Poison Control Center