According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), over half of all babies experience diaper rash at some point.
While this issue is often not something worth losing sleep over, it’s important to learn the basics about diaper rash to start understanding how to prevent it.
Here’s a quick guide to diaper rash, including what it is, what causes it, the best remedies to treat it, and when it’s best to consult your pediatrician.
Diaper rash is an inflammatory skin condition marked by soreness, redness, scales, and/or splotches.
True to its name, it occurs in the areas covered by your baby’s diaper.
Most mild cases of diaper rash should last no longer than a few days. However, you should consult your pediatrician if:
By sticking to this simple guide to diaper rash, your baby’s bottom should be as smooth as, well, a baby’s bottom in no time.
Michele Ross is a freelance writer and copy editor based in Los Angeles. Clean skincare and hiking make her heart happy.