Diaper Rash

Northlake Children's Associates, P.A.

Pediatric Care & Pediatricians located in Mooresville, NC

Your baby’s bottom is delicate and susceptible to diaper rash. If your baby’s diaper rash isn’t getting better with home treatments, you need to contact Northlake Children’s Associates, PA, in Mooresville, North Carolina, for an evaluation. Mary-Margaret James, MD, and Majé Goodwin, MD, provide exceptional care and can provide treatments to help ease your baby’s discomfort. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Diaper Rash Q & A

What is diaper rash?

A diaper rash is a type of dermatitis that causes your baby’s bottom to develop bright red patches of skin. It’s very common and treatable, but can be distressing to both you and your baby.

In addition to the red, tender skin that develops on the buttocks, genitals, and thighs, a diaper rash may also cause your baby to be extra sensitive and cranky.

What causes diaper rash?

Wet and dirty diapers are the most common cause of a diaper rash, but your baby may develop the uncomfortable skin condition from other causes. Your baby’s diaper rash may develop from:

  • Clothing or diaper that’s too tight and causes chafing
  • Allergy or sensitivity to a new detergent or soap
  • Introduction to a new food
  • Bacterial or yeast infection
  • Side effect of antibiotics

Your baby may also be prone to developing a diaper rash if they have an underlying skin condition, such as eczema.

When should I bring my baby to the doctor for diaper rash?

You may be able to clear up your baby’s diaper rash at home by being more diligent about changing diapers and using creams that protect your baby’s bottom. But if at-home treatments fail to improve your baby’s diaper rash, it’s time to contact the experienced team at Northlake Children’s Associates for help.

You should also get an evaluation if your baby’s diaper rash:

  • Has an unusual appearance
  • Is bleeding or oozing
  • Causes pain during urination or a bowel movement

You should also bring your baby in for care if they have a fever along with the diaper rash.

What treatments can improve my baby’s diaper rash?

Your Northlake Children’s Associates specialist provides individualized care for the treatment of diaper rash based on the underlying cause and severity of the rash. Treatment options may include:

  • Topical steroid cream
  • Topical antibacterial or antifungal agent
  • Oral antibiotic

It can take several days for the diaper rash to go away and may even return after treatment with the prescription medicine. Your pediatrician at Northlake Children’s Associates continues to work closely with you, as needed, to find the treatment that helps ease your baby’s discomfort.

A diaper rash can make your baby very uncomfortable and cause extra stress for you. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call Northlake Children’s Associates today or book an appointment online.