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What is a diaper rash (diaper dermatitis)?
Any rash on the skin covered with diapers is called a “diaper rash”.
What are the causes of diaper rash?
- irritation from feces and urine
- allergy to diapers or creams
- yeast infection
- lack of zinc in the food
- seborrheic dermatitis
- histiocytosis (form of a very rare cancer)
How should I prevent and treat the diaper rash?
- Use disposable, fragrance-free diapers that contain absorbing gel.
- Change diapers immediately after they get wet or soiled (check diapers every 2-3 hours).
- Clean the skin very gently with soft cloth moistened with tepid to warm water. Avoid “baby wipes” and soaps if possible.
- Apply a thick layer of plain Vaseline (petroleum jelly), Desitin or Triple Paste (NOT triple antibiotic!!!) to the skin.
- Try to leave baby without diapers to air the skin for 20-30 min after each diaper change if possible.
When should I take my baby to a health care provider?
If the rash develops pus, or if it does not get better after few days of the above explained regimen, and if the baby has diarrhea and/or fevers, you should take your baby to your health care provider.