Why should I call the doctor about a diaper rash?
Call the doctor if:
It is rare to need to go to the hospital. But if your child appears to be in severe pain, or if you notice rapid spread of the rash with fever, seek medical attention ASAP.
- The rash doesn’t get better despite treatment with OTC medicines in 4-7 days.
- It gets worse or spreads to other parts of the body.
- You notice pus-like drainage or yellowish-colored crusting, or if fever develops.
- You suspect the rash is due to an allergic reaction.
- Your baby has diarrhea with the rash for more than 48 hours.
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