There are several different causes of diaper rashes, but the two most common by far are skin irritation and yeast. A baby’s sensitive skin is easily irritated by urine and stool. To prevent this irritation, you can apply a barrier cream like Desitin with each diaper change. This is especially important when your child is have diarrhea, which can result in severe rashes. If you notice a rash developing at any time, make sure you use a very thick layer of barrier cream. You might want to try a thicker cream such as Triple Paste. It also helps to give your child’s skin sometime in the open air. If the above treatment does not work or if you notice a very red bumpy or pimply rash, your child might have a yeast infection of the skin in the diaper area; this type of rash requires a prescription cream. Call during office hours to schedule an appointment. Diaper rashes are almost never an emergency. If your child is otherwise well, please call during office hours with any questions. Also please call our office if the rash blisters or crusts or if the rash does not improve after 3 days of treatment at home.
Newborns with colic have long-lasting periods of crying and fussing. The cause of colic is unknown but is probably related to the baby’s temperament. It occurs in infants from birth to age 3 months.