To help clear up diaper rash, check your baby’s diaper often and change it as soon as it’s wet or soiled. Gently clean the diaper area with soap and water and pat dry. Creams and ointments containing zinc oxide or petroleum help to soothe skin and protect it from moisture.
When should I worry about a rash on my baby?
Many rashes are harmless, but a rash on your baby’s skin might indicate a serious condition that requires medical treatment. You should take your child to the doctor if they have a rash and persistent high temperature, cold or cough symptoms, or swollen neck glands.
How can you tell if a rash is serious?
Serious Rash Symptoms
- You have a rash that covers the body. This indicates something concerning, such as an infection or allergic reaction.
- You have a fever with the rash. If this is the case, go to the emergency room. …
- The rash is sudden and spreads rapidly. …
- The rash is painful. …
- The rash is infected.
How long does it take for a baby rash to go away?
Diaper rash usually goes away within 2 to 3 days with home care, although it can last longer.
What is the best medicine for baby rashes?
The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep your baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible.
- A mild hydrocortisone (steroid) cream.
- An antifungal cream, if your baby has a fungal infection.
- Topical or oral antibiotics, if your baby has a bacterial infection.