What is diaper rash?
Diaper rash is a mild and self-limited skin condition in young infants and toddlers that occurs in skin
surfaces that are in direct contact with diapers (the thighs, buttocks and genitalia)
It is actually very common and most of the time requires minimal intervention.
What are the symptoms of diaper rash?
- Irritated and red skin in the diaper region
- The baby cries when you wash or touch the diaper region
What causes diaper rash?
Prolonged contact with the baby’s stool and urine leads to irritation of the baby’s skin
Chemical irritation from products e.g. baby wipes, lotions, oils, powder, detergent, fabric
softener and a new diaper brand
Introduction of new foods- it leads to changes in stool composition which can cause a diaper
Bacterial or fungal infections
If your baby has sensitive skin!
How do you treat a diaper rash?
Maintain a good hygiene by changing the diaper frequently and using a superabsorbent diaper
Clean the diaper area with warm water
Avoid baby wipes with alcohol or fragrance
Pat the baby’s skin dry or let it air dry. Avoid scrubbing
For infections apply topical antibiotics or antifungals
You could consider using ointments on the diaper area
Give the baby some diaper free time- makes healing faster.
When to see a doctor
The rash should clear within 3-4 days without medical treatment
You should see a doctor when:-
- The rash persists after a few days of home treatment
- The child develops a fever
- The rash develops ulcers, blisters or pimples
- The rash spreads outside the diaper area
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