Diaper rash is a skin condition that almost every parent encounters at least once before their kids are potty trained. It’s a form of dermatitis that can be caused by excessive exposure to wetness, skin sensitivity, and chafing. It’s upsetting for parents and causes babies to become fussy and miserable, but typically it doesn’t require medical attention. Usually, cleaning the skin, air-drying, and applying a barrier cream does the trick.
When To See A Dermatologist For Diaper Rash Treatment
If your baby’s skin isn’t improving after a few days of care at home, if the diaper rash is severe or looks unusual, if it bleeds or oozes, if your baby seems to be having pain with urination or defecation, or if there is an accompanying fever, you should consult a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can determine whether there is any sign of a bacterial or fungal infection that needs medical treatment and may prescribe a mild steroid cream to help the rash heal quickly and safely. You may also need to consider changes to your laundry detergent or diaper brand, or your baby’s bath products or diet, so expect a lot of questions that may seem unrelated. We’ll help you figure out why your baby is having a reaction and how to prevent it in the future.
Medical Diaper Rash Treatment In Orlando
If your baby’s diaper rash isn’t improving after a few days of home treatment, it’s a smart call to have it checked out and get medical treatment if needed. Dr. Amy Witt and the team at Derrow Dermatology love working with kids, and we’re happy to help your little one heal so you can get back to enjoying your time together! Contact us for an appointment, and we’ll get you and your baby the help you need.