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Diaper Rash in Babies

What are the symptoms? What are the treatments?


A rash that occurs on or around diaper-wearing children's genitals and bottom. It's caused by a sensitivity to contact with urine and faeces and is more severe in some children than others. Symptoms are made worse by leaving long periods between diaper changes. Severe cases of diaper rash might be caused by an underlying condition or a bacterial or fungal infection.

What are the symptoms of Diaper rash?

Pink or red spots or blotches appear in small areas of the genitals and/or buttocks. Usually these are not sore, but may cause a stinging sensation when in contact with a soiled diaper.   In severe cases, you may see ulcerated areas of skin, dry, cracked skin or blisters. The spots or blotches may cover a larger area and be bright red and angry looking. This will cause your child a lot of discomfort and he may cry more than usual and seem generally distressed. If your child develops a fever with diaper rash, this could indicate infection and needs to be seen by a doctor or other health professional.

What are the treatments and remedies of Diaper rash?

Mild diaper rash can usually be cured by changing your child's diaper as soon as you notice it's been soiled. Use only cotton wool and water to clean your baby's diaper area. You can buy creams specially formulated for the treatment of diaper rash, which may also help form a barrier between your baby's skin and his urine or faeces. It can also help if you leave his diaper off for as long as possible in between changes to let the air get to his skin – and avoid using soap-based products or detergents when you bath him. There are also some creams which are proven to be "preventative" so putting a thin film of cream on after every diaper change can help stop diaper rash developing in the first place.   If an infection is diagnosed, your health professional may prescribe an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial or mild steroid cream to apply to the affected area. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packet.

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This article is not meant to substitute medical advice provided by a practicing medical professional - if you have any concerns, contact your physician immediately.

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