Diaper dermatitis - irritant-induced



Diaper dermatitis - irritant-induced

Definition

Irritant-induced diaper dermatitis is a diaper rash caused by chemical irritants rather than bacterial or candidal infection. Common irritants include ammonia (produced when bacteria break down the urea in urine), acids in the stool (seen more frequently when diarrhea is present), and soaps and other products used in laundering cloth diapers.

Alternative Names

Irritant-induced diaper dermatitis

Symptoms

Red, irritated rash in the diaper area.

Treatment

Keeping the diaper area clean and dry is the best treatment for irritant dermatitis. The more time the baby can be kept out of diapers, the better. Your doctor may suggest a barrier cream, such as a zinc oxide based product.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your doctor if the rash worsens or there is skin breakdown.

Prevention

See treatment section

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