Diaper Rash Decoder

Regular Rash Infection
Common Causes Excess Moisture on the Skin; Chaffing; irritants in the diaper or detergents Lingering diaper rash; yeast (which is often exacerbated by recent antibiotic use); bacteria such as strep and staph
Can Look Like “A flat, red rash around the baby’s waist and thighs (contact dermatitis) “A clearly defined, rasied red patch over the groin, gentials, ans lower abdomon (seporrheic dermititis) ” A somewhat-hidden red patch where the skin folds rub together (intertrigo). -“A patchy, raised, red dish rash with sharp borders and tiny pustules, usually over genitalia (yeast infection)-Coin-sized blisters on the bottocks that ooze yellow fluid (bacterial infection) known as “impetigo”
Treatments Call you pediatrician.  Depending on the type of rash, treatments will vary from keeping baby diapers free for brief periods of time to using petroleum jelly, 1% cortisone cream, or a barrier ointment with zinc oxide. See your pediatrician.  Again, depending on the type, treatment can vary from prescription antifungal and antibiotic ointments to oral medications.
Prevention Change diapers regularly; experiment with different brands and types; avoid using harsh soaps; avoid baby wipes that contain alcohol. Same as diaper rash; keep an eye our for any unusual marks or changes on the baby’s skin

Source: Stephen Gellis, M.D., Director of Dermatology Program, Children’s Hospital, Boston, and the Baby Book by William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N.

 

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