Diaper rash is a bright red rash, which can appear on a baby’s bottom. Though it is most common in babies, anyone who wears a diaper can develop diaper rash. Diaper rash is very common and can be caused by many things. Often, it is caused by an irritation from urine or feces (bowel movement) in the diaper. Additionally, chaffing, yeast infections, changes in diet, sensitive skin, and using antibiotics can cause diaper rash.
Symptoms of diaper rash may include red, tender skin around the diaper area. Babies with diaper rash may also seem more uncomfortable and fussy, especially when their diaper is being changed.
Ways to help prevent diaper rash include more frequent diaper changes, using certain over the counter ointments and lotions, and bathing the affected individual daily. There are also prescription treatment options available. If diaper rash continues for a couple of days, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about current treatment options. Diaper rash can usually be treated at home, but it can also be more serious. If the rash is very severe, bleeds, itches, causes pain while peeing, or if your baby (or affected child or adult) has a fever you should make an appointment with a doctor to discuss possible treatment options.