Urine and stool contain acids and salts that can irritate the skin in the diaper area. Commonly the skin is reddened like a sunburn though the skin remains intact. With more severe rashes, erosions and ulcers may develop over the labia or buttocks. Improvement may require frequent changing, cleansing with mild soap and water, and airing out. The use of barrier creams will help protect against this type of rash. These include: Desitin, A & D Ointment, Vaseline, and Balmex.
Yeast rashes may be characterized by bright red and moist areas of eroded skin with small red dots around the edges. If not resolving with OTC anti-fungal creams, call the office during routine hours.
Bacterial rashes may be characterized by open, honey-crusted sores and/or perirectal redness. Antibiotic creams or ointments such as Neosporin are recommended.