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Diaper Dermatitis

What is diaper dermatitis?

Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as a diaper rash, is a term used to describe different skin rashes in the diapered area. The rash is usually red, scaling and, rarely, ulcerated. It is most commonly seen in infants between the ages of 9 to 12 months, but may begin within the first 2 months of life.

What causes diaper dermatitis?

Possible contributors to diaper dermatitis include the following:

Other less common causes of dermatitis in the diaper area include the following:

What are the symptoms of diaper dermatitis?

The symptoms of diaper dermatitis vary depending on the cause of the dermatitis, and may be different for each child that is affected. The following are common characteristics of the rash that may occur with each type of infection:

The symptoms of diaper dermatitis may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is diaper dermatitis diagnosed?

Diaper dermatitis is usually diagnosed based on the location and appearance of the rash during physical examination of your child. In addition, your child's physician may do skin scraping to aid in the diagnosis.

Treatment for diaper dermatitis:

Treatment for diaper dermatitis will vary based on the cause of the dermatitis. Specific treatment for diaper dermatitis will also be determined by your physician based on:

Treatment may include:

Proper skin care is also very important in preventing diaper dermatitis. This includes:

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