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Health Tip: When a Doctor Should Evaluate Diaper Rash

Signs that medical attention may be needed

(HealthDay News) -- Diaper rash is usually easily treated and isn't a cause for concern. But severe cases may require a doctor's care.

The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these warning signs that diaper rash should be evaluated by a medical professional:

  • If the rash occurs before 6 weeks of age.
  • If the rash is accompanied by ulcers, pimples or a fever.
  • If the infant also has weight loss and a poor appetite.
  • If the rash is characterized by large bumps.
  • If the rash spreads to other areas.
  • If the rash doesn't improve after a week of treatment.
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