An inflammatory skin condition in the diaper area that may be caused by irritation or infection

Symptoms of Diaper Rash

The following features are indicative of Diaper Rash:
  • red, tender-looking skin in the buttocks, thighs and genitals
  • changes in baby's disposition
  • beefy erythema
  • pustules

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Common Causes of Diaper Rash

The following are the most common causes of Diaper Rash:
  • prolonged wetness
  • subsequent reactions of urine and feces
  • breakdown of the stratum corneum
  • frequent stools
  • tight diapers
  • overexposure to ammonia

Other Causes of Diaper Rash

The following are the less common causes of Diaper Rash:
  • allergic reactions
  • microbial invasion of the skin

Risk Factors for Diaper Rash

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Diaper Rash:
  • solid foods (eggs)
  • home location (urban)
  • frequency of diaper changing
  • diarrhoea

Prevention of Diaper Rash

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Diaper Rash. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • by improving the inherently adverse relationship between diapers and diapered skin
  • keeping diaper area clean and dry
  • increasing airflow
  • air out baby's skin

Occurrence of Diaper Rash

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Diaper Rash cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Diaper Rash most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 1-5 years

Common Gender

Diaper Rash can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Diaper Rash

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Diaper Rash:
  • Physical Examination: By observing the limitation of an erythematous eruption to the convex surfaces of the genital area and buttocks

Doctor for Diagnosis of Diaper Rash

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Diaper Rash:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Diaper Rash if untreated

Yes, Diaper Rash causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Diaper Rash is left untreated:
  • jacquet’s erosive diaper dermatitis
  • pseudoverrucous papules and nodules
  • granuloma gluteale infantum

Self-care for Diaper Rash

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Diaper Rash:
  • Keeping diaper area clean and dry: To cope up with symptoms of diaper rash
  • Increasing airflow: Aids in healing of diaper rash
  • Air out baby's skin: To cure rashes

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Diaper Rash

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Diaper Rash:
  • Witch hazel (winter bloom) flowering plant: A plant use to cure diaper rash
  • Human breast milk: An effective way to treat diaper rash
  • Calendula and aloe vera: An ointment used to cure diaper rash in children
  • Shampoo clay (bentonite): An effective method in healing diaper rash

Patient Support for Treatment of Diaper Rash

The following actions may help Diaper Rash patients:
  • Family support: To deal with diaper rashes specially by mothers

Time for Treatment of Diaper Rash

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Diaper Rash to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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