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When should I call the doctor about a baby's diaper rash?

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Call your doctor:

small red pimples outside of the diaper area, and redness in the folds of the baby's skin

Your pediatrician can prescribe an antifungal medicine to clear it up.

  • The rash gets worse or doesn't respond to treatment in 2 or 3 days.
  • Your baby has a fever or seems sluggish.
  • You see yellow, fluid-filled bumps (pustules) and honey-colored crusty areas. This might be a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.
  • You notice symptoms of a yeast infection, such as a swollen red rash with white scales and lesions, as well as

From: Your Baby's Diaper Rash WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Agrawal, R. , November 2004. eMedicine

HealthyChildren.org.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 16, 2017

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SOURCES:

Agrawal, R. , November 2004. eMedicine

HealthyChildren.org.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 16, 2017

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