Diaper Rash Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on October 08, 2020

Diaper rash is very common, especially in babies who have started to eat solid foods. Here are ways you can help your child.

Call Doctor If:

  • The rash seems severe or infected (crusty, oozing, spreading).
  • The rash appears along with other symptoms, such as a fever or diarrhea.
  • The rash happens while the child is taking antibiotics.
  • The child seems to be very irritable or in pain because of the rash.


1. Change Diapers Often

  • Change your baby's diaper as soon as it's wet or soiled.
  • Use warm water and gentle soap -- or skip the soap entirely.
  • Avoid fragranced wipes or wipes all together. It could cause more irritation


2. Let the Area Dry

  • After a change or bath, pat the diaper area dry. Don't rub.
  • When possible, put your baby down on a cloth without a diaper and let the skin air dry.
  • Never put on a new diaper until your baby's skin is completely dry.

3. Soothe the Skin

  • Protect the skin with a thick layer of petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream. This creates a barrier between skin and moisture.

4. Avoid Irritants

  • Avoid baby wipes that are scented or contain alcohol.
  • If you use cloth diapers, don't wash them with a scented detergent.
  • Don't use rubber or plastic pants over the diaper, since they trap moisture and heat.
  • Make sure your baby's diapers aren't too tight.
WebMD Medical Reference



American Academy of Family Physicians "Diaper Rash."

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children: "Diaper Rash Solution."

PubMed Health: "Diaper Rash."

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