What Are the Symptoms of Diaper Rash?
The symptoms of diaper rash include:
- Redness over the diaper area -- around the genitals, buttocks, and thighs
- Increased discomfort, especially at diaper-changing time
- Tight, papery skin or skin that is shiny and bright red
- A strong smell of ammonia
- In boys, an inflamed penis
Call Your Doctor About Diaper Rash if:
- You see no improvement after four days of home treatment or anytime it seems to be getting worse rather than better. It's possible your child may have developed a strep or staph infection or a local reaction to a particular lotion, soap, or laundry detergent that may need antibiotic treatment or further management.
- You see white patches inside the mouth that appear red after being wiped with a clean cloth. Your child may have a yeast infection called thrush, or candidiasis.
- The rash is scaly and has a yellowish hue and appears not only in the diaper area but elsewhere on the body, such as behind the ears or under the arms. Your child may have seborrheic dermatitis.
- The diaper area is covered with blisters that leave shallow red sores. Your child may have impetigo, which requires treatment with antibiotics.
- Your son's penis is swollen and red and you can't retract the foreskin, or you notice a greenish discharge from the penis. Your child may have a painful condition called balanitis, which requires antibiotics.
- Your child seems irritable every time he urinates. It may be stinging from the diaper rash but it could be a urinary tract infection that needs treatment.