You asked: What causes baby rashes?

When should I be concerned about my baby’s rash?

Many rashes are harmless, but a rash on your baby’s skin might indicate a serious condition that requires medical treatment. You should take your child to the doctor if they have a rash and persistent high temperature, cold or cough symptoms, or swollen neck glands.

What can cause a baby rash?

Diaper rash can be traced to a number of sources, including:

  • Irritation from stool and urine. Prolonged exposure to urine or stool can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. …
  • Chafing or rubbing. …
  • Irritation from a new product. …
  • Bacterial or yeast (fungal) infection. …
  • Introduction of new foods. …
  • Sensitive skin. …
  • Use of antibiotics.

How do you treat a rash on a baby?

Diaper Rash Treatments

  1. Cream or ointment with zinc oxide or petrolatum (petroleum jelly). Smooth it onto your baby’s clean, dry bottom before putting on a clean diaper.
  2. Baby powder. …
  3. Antifungal cream, if your baby has a fungal infection.
  4. Topical or oral antibiotics, if your baby has a bacterial infection.

Is it common for babies to have rashes?

Many babies develop a skin rash in their first days or weeks as their sensitive skin adapts to a new environment. Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. But if your baby seems unwell, or if you’re worried, you should see your doctor.

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How can you tell if a rash is serious?

Serious Rash Symptoms

  1. You have a rash that covers the body. This indicates something concerning, such as an infection or allergic reaction.
  2. You have a fever with the rash. If this is the case, go to the emergency room. …
  3. The rash is sudden and spreads rapidly. …
  4. The rash is painful. …
  5. The rash is infected.

How long does a baby rash last?

Diaper rash usually goes away within 2 to 3 days with home care, although it can last longer.

What is the best cream to put on a rash?

Sometimes petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can help relieve the discomfort caused by a rash. A moisturizing lotion, such as Cetaphil, also may help. Calamine lotion may help for rashes caused by contact with something (such as a plant or soap) that irritated the skin. Use it 3 or 4 times a day.