RASHES: Babies get rashes! The most common rashes are eczema, seborrhea (cradle cap) and diaper rash. Rashes usually aren’t causes for concern: parents should keep the area clean, and watch for signs of the rash improving or getting worse. Remember, where the rash is located on the body does not mean much, except that it might help to explain why it’s there.

Rashes that don’t go away are often frustrating for parents, and raise the question of whether or not a trip to the pediatrician is warranted. Here’s some advice:

  1. If a rash is painful (you touch it and your baby cries) or if it is oozing, a pediatrician needs to be consulted.
  2. Slow growing and/or dry rashes can be annoying, but not as urgent as painful or oozing rashes. These rashes should be watched, and a pediatrician consulted if nothing helps it to improve (like moisturizer, diaper cream, etc.)
  3. Rashes during or after your baby experiences a fever are really not serious. Called Roseola, these rashes are usually a result of the body’s immune system doing its thing – that is, fighting off or getting rid of a virus in the system.
  4. Diaper rashes can be serious! If a diaper rash doesn’t clear up after a few days, parents probably should seek medical advice. Why? Because if the rash in fungal or bacterial, a prescription medication will be needed for it to go away. Also, because of where it is, the rash site could become infected, and also require a prescription. Some diaper rashes, particularly those around the anus, COULD be strep (Streptococcus bacterium). Like strep throat, treatment involves a medical evaluation and a prescription.