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What is a diaper rash?

Dr. Deborah Mulligan, MD
Pediatrician

Diaper rash describes any rash or irritation in the area covered by the diaper. The first signs usually include redness or small bumps on the lower stomach, genital area, and skin folds around a child's upper leg. There are two kinds of common diaper rashes. One rash comes from irritated skin and the other from yeast infection. Although pediatricians are not sure why, infants who are breast-fed seem to suffer diaper rash less often.

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