Diaper Dermatitis

Diaper dermatitis is the most common skin eruption in infants and toddlers. It typically occurs on convex skin surfaces that are in direct contact with the diaper, including the buttocks, lower abdomen, genitalia, and upper thighs. Diaper rash is usually caused by skin being exposed to moisture for too long. The moisture irritates the skin, which starts to break down. The skin gets damaged when it rubs against the diaper. Chemicals in the urine and stool can further hurt the skin and could cause a rash. Irritated skin can be at risk for infection.

Keep the baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible, make sure to clean between the baby’s skin folds.
  • Symptoms
  • Skin rash and redness

    • At buttocks, At genitals

    • Recurrent

    common

    Child is constantly crying

    common

    Cracked skin genitals

    Itchy skin

    • Buttocks, Around the anus, At genital

  • Risk factors
  • Infrequent diaper change

    Falling sick easily

    Diarrhea

  • Treatment
  • The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep your baby's skin as clean and dry as possible. If your baby's diaper rash persists despite home treatment, your doctor may prescribe: 1-A mild hydrocortisone (steroid) cream 2-An antifungal cream, if your baby has a fungal infection 3-Topical or oral antibiotics, if your baby has a bacterial infection 4-Use creams or ointments with steroids only if your baby's pediatrician or dermatologist recommends them — strong steroids or frequent use can lead to additional problems.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Diaper Dermatitis, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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