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When to Call Your Healthcare Provider

Fortunately, most rashes get better with home treatment and time. However, you should call your child's healthcare provider if the diaper dermatitis does not improve after the basic treatment steps are taken.
 
You should also call if your child:
 
  • Is less than one month old and the rash looks like tiny water blisters or pimples in a cluster
  • Has a fever above 100.4ºF or 38ºC
  • Has bloody stool
  • Has a change in the pattern of dirty or wet diapers (such as diarrhea, constipation, or increased urination)
  • Looks or acts very sick.
     
Or if the rash:
 
  • Becomes bright red, with red bumps around the diaper area
  • Has grown so that it is now visible in the skin folds
  • Has spread beyond the immediate diaper area
  • Is very raw, bleeds, or develops open sores
  • Does not improve after three days of home treatment.
     
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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