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If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent I'm using?

If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent I'm using?

Yes: Yes. You should use a detergent that is dye-free and scent-free. The detergent may be causing contact dermatitis. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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What are tha causes of fungal rash on my baby's diaper area? How would I know its a fungal rash compared to ordinary rashes

What are tha causes of fungal rash on my baby's diaper area? How would I know its a fungal rash compared to ordinary rashes

Red and itchy: Everyone has yeast that lives on the skin. But yeast particularly likes places that are damp and moist - like under a diaper. Keeping the skin cool and dry will help. You can also try an over-the-counter antifungal like Clotrimazole cream 3 times a day and see if that works. Yeast rashes are usually very red, itchy, and spread with "satellite" small red bumps away from the rash center. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby has rashes at her diaper area. I've tried drapolene cream and made her use cloth diapers. But the rash is still there?

My baby has rashes at her diaper area. I've tried drapolene cream and made her use cloth diapers. But the rash is still there?

Anti fungal: You need an anti fungal cream. Diaper rashes come from the same type of organism as jock itch and athletes foot. Using a steroid cream alone will not cure it. Contact your doctor for a different cream. Also try letting your baby have some time without a diaper on to keep the area free of moisture and friction from the diaper itself. ...Read more

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Do scales in the diaper area indicate diaper rash, or another condition?

Do scales in the diaper area indicate diaper rash, or another condition?

Rash: Rashes can be from many things in the diaper area. If baby has other scaly patches, he might have eczema/atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Sensitivities to the diaper occasionally cause irritated areas. Typical diaper rash from being in stool too long is usually more red, not as scaly. If unsure of the cause/treatment, see your doctor. Rashes cannot be diagnosed on the phone. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has a rash everywhere but the diaper area. It's not the detergent. What else could it be? Is it possible her new clothes caused it?

My 6 month old has a rash everywhere but the diaper area. It's not the detergent. What else could it be? Is it possible her new clothes caused it?

Many possibilities: Think about whatever touches babies skin in those areas that does not touch the diaper zone. The sizing (color stabilizers) in newer clothing, the fabric softener or dryer sheet, lotions or ointments you might apply, etc. You often figure this out when you exclude allot her possibilities. It is unlikely to be a food issue as that can effect every skin surface. ...Read more

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My 1 year old daughter have redness in diaper area, I think rash, applied rash cream but its not working even getng worse, this cream always worked?

My 1 year old daughter have redness in diaper area, I think rash, applied rash cream but its not working even getng worse, this cream always worked?

Diaper rashes, yeast: Children are prone to yeast infections in the diaper region as a result of illness, recent antibiotic use, frequent diarrhea or chronic moisture under the diaper or underwear. Its usually appears as red itchy bumps, occassionally with fissures, inflammation and tenderness. These rashes do not improve with typical diaper rash creams (antifungal creams are used for treatment). ...Read more

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7 month old baby has UTI and severe rash has been on cephalexin for 6 days and an ointment for diaper area?

7 month old baby has UTI and severe rash has been on cephalexin for 6 days and an ointment for diaper area?

UTI: A UTI in a baby demands a full work up to be sure the baby's kidneys are normal in structure and function. Diaper rash best treated by a combination ofoitnment and zinc paste that serves as a barrier to fluids breaking down the skin. "triple paste" is one brand. ...Read more

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My 15 month old son woke up with a fever about 6 days ago and since then he hasn't been wanting to eat anything he had big red bums in his diaper area and now he is geting a red rash from hia diaper area to his face I took himto the doctor andsaid it was a

My 15 month old son woke up with a fever about 6 days ago and since then he hasn't been wanting to eat anything he had big red bums in his diaper area and now he is geting a red rash from hia diaper area to his face I took himto the doctor andsaid it was a

Stop using diapers!: Diaper rash is not caused by urine or by stool, it is caused by diapers. Changing frequently and changing brands can help. In severe cases, put the baby on absorbent sheets and don't use a diaper at all until the rash is gone. It is messy, but it works. If the rash is already severe, you will need help from your babies doctor. ...Read more

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My 19 months has had small red bumps in his diaper area for almost a week, and not improved with diaper rash cream. Now he has the same on his stomach?

My 19 months has had small red bumps in his diaper area for almost a week, and not improved with diaper rash cream. Now he has the same on his stomach?

May be yeast/candida: A trial of antifungal cream like lotrimin af cream otc (aka 1% clotrimazole) can be used to eliminate this rash. Apply twice daily and you should see improvements over the next week. Airing the area out-allowing the area to breath will facilitate improvement. I am assuming he is otherwise healthy without fever, etc... ...Read more

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18 mo old, yeast rash; tx w/ Nystatin topical 4x/day/7 days. On day 5, new, scabbed "burn" on previously unaffected diaper area. Too much nystatin?

18 mo old, yeast rash; tx w/ Nystatin topical 4x/day/7 days. On day 5, new, scabbed "burn" on previously unaffected diaper area. Too much nystatin?

Get it evaluated: Nystatin should typically be applied only twice a day. However, it unlikely causes burning/irritation of previously unaffected area. See your clinician to rule out overuse irritation vs other cause. ...Read more

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Daughters diaper area looks burned with little bumps in her inner thigh can it be a yeast rash? Iva applied desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) also lotramin dr recomended it...

Yes: This may be a yeast rash. See your doctor if lotrimin (clotrimazole) is not helping. You can also try to keep the area clean and dry. If possible, letting your daughter spend time without a diaper on will help dry up the area and may speed healing. ...Read more

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My daughter has raised red bumps in her diaper area could it a rash or are we talking yeast? She also has eczema around the folds of her body? Help

My daughter has raised red bumps in her diaper area could it a rash or are we talking yeast? She also has eczema around the folds of her body? Help

Mgt: It may be a yeast infection. An anti fungal diaper cream such as Nystatin may be prescribed, and keeping her clean and dry will help both types of rash.
If her eczema or the new rash persists, a follow up appt is advised. ...Read more

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Dr says my daughter has hand, foot, & mouth disease, but she also has bad blistery rash in belly, back, legs, & diaper area, & petichae is this norm?

Dr says my daughter has hand, foot, & mouth disease, but she also has bad blistery rash in belly, back, legs, & diaper area, & petichae is this norm?

Probably yes: Hand-foot-mouth disease typically causes maculopapular and vesicular rash over hands, feet, and mouth. Maculopapular rashes are noted on buttock and groin as well. ...Read more

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9 year old has almost like diaper rash on inside of bottom cheek...Been using a&d but still there. She uses flushable wipes to wipe after bowel moment?

9 year old has almost like diaper rash on inside of bottom cheek...Been using a&d but still there. She uses flushable wipes to wipe after bowel moment?

Avoid wipes: Wipes do not necessarily "clean" your bottom and the chemicals may irritate the skin. Try a tub bath and plain dove soap. Rinse very well. Keep the area dry, use only cotton underwear. If it is itchy it may be yeast and you could try anti fungal creams. Be careful it does not look infected, it is "honey crusting" or developing areas that look pus filled, if that is the case see your doc asap. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old's penis and testicles are red and swollen. It looks raw like diaper rash but is not on his bottom at all. Do you have any advice?

My 1 yr old's penis and testicles are red and swollen. It looks raw like diaper rash but is not on his bottom at all. Do you have any advice?

Must be seen: Diagnosis cannot be made without seeing him. He we should see his PCP but if not available on the weekend go to a walk-in clinic, or try a Healthtap consultation with a pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist. One possibility is angioedema. ...Read more

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My 18 month old has a pimple like rash around her diaper line and on her arms and legs as well as blisters on the bottom of her feet?

My 18 month old has a pimple like rash around her diaper line and on her arms and legs as well as blisters on the bottom of her feet?

Many possibilities: Have her doctor take a look, as this sounds like a pattern that can accompany a viral or perhaps a bacterial infection. It might need time, or a prescription antibiotic cream/ointment, something else, or nothing. Give the doctor a a call and see what he advises. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Can prickly heat be mistaken for mesa in diaper area on a baby?

Can prickly heat be mistaken for mesa in diaper area on a baby?

MRSA?: Prickly heat generally looks like small bumps without any redness. People with MRSA (multiple resistant staph aureus) can be colonized- bacteria present on the skin without sores or have active infection with sores. If your baby has blistering, redness, streaks in the diaper area, he/she should be checked by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Redness or scales on face or diaper area?

What is the definition or description of: Redness or scales on face or diaper area?

Face/diaper scaly: Often from wetness, or sweating, scaly
rash appears on the body and in babies
with diaper rash, yeast. You can apply
OTC Lotrimin cr 1% twice a day until the scales
resolve, 1-2 months. If not better after treatment,
see Derm MD for further clarification. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use wipes instead of water for changing diapers and cleaning up the diaper area?

Is it safe to use wipes instead of water for changing diapers and cleaning up the diaper area?

Diaper wipes: It's been reported recently that using wipes for cleaning the diaper area is safe to use even in newborns. ...Read more

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12 month old has what looks like a scratch in diaper area, it is a straight line but slightly blistard. Best way to treat> We are snowed in.?

12 month old has what looks like a scratch in diaper area, it is a straight line but slightly blistard. Best way to treat> We are snowed in.?

Need more info: Would need to see an image to make the most accurate diagnosis. If you are snowed in, a live healthtap consult with a doctor in your state can likely provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan that is most appropriate for your 12 month old. ...Read more

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Where to apply vasoline on a adult baby diaper area?

Where to apply vasoline on a adult baby diaper area?

Where is the rash...: Put the vaseline there to protect the skin. ...Read more

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I have a 8 month old girl. She was very white when born. She started getting light brown patches on her diaper area and continued to get larger?

I have a 8 month old girl. She was very white when born. She started getting light brown patches on her diaper area and continued to get larger?

Diaper Dermatitis?: Is that rash or skin color change? May be contact dermatitis from Irritation of stool or some yeast infection! I advise, just make a trip to her pediatrician to have a look and advise. ...Read more

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Should a wellbaby exam include a diaper area check? Until what age? And why?

Should a wellbaby exam include a diaper area check? Until what age? And why?

Yes/diaper years: Well checks target recognition of issues that may not be apparent to parents. During the diaper years male infants need to have the position of their testis verified, since they need to stay in the sac or be brought down if hiding in the groin or belly. Girls may have a fusion of the inner labia that can close over the pee hole and lead to UTI's.When out of diapers these issues have passed. ...Read more

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My pediatrician doesn't check the diaper area for my baby during well baby visits. He doesn't check that area for my 7 year old either. Is that ok?

My pediatrician doesn't check the diaper area for my baby during well baby visits. He doesn't check that area for my 7 year old either. Is that ok?

Depends: I expect a doc to do genital exams during infancy when rashes and other issues are more common. I do not expect genital exams on all kids for their checkups after they get past 4 or so, particularly if that doc has followed them from infancy. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 weeks old. He keeps getting pus/fluid filled blisrers in his diaper area, buttox, pubic area. What can I do to prevent this?

My baby is 2 weeks old. He keeps getting pus/fluid filled blisrers in his diaper area, buttox, pubic area. What can I do to prevent this?

Ammonia diaper rash: The rash sounds like an ammonia induced diaper rash that comes from concentrated urine. Wash your childs diaper area with soap and water. Use a hair dryer to make sure the area is meticulously dry. Change diapers frequently or leave diaper area exposed to air. Push fluids like water to dilute urine. Use diaper creme combined with an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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Can baby powder cause or worsen diaper area yeast infections?

Can baby powder cause or worsen diaper area yeast infections?

No: If you know that it is a yeast infection, then seek treatment from your pediatrician. Baby powder is irrelevant. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Diaper (Definition)

Used to collect bodily ...Read more