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Diaper Dermatitis

Key Points about Diaper Dermatitis (Diaper Rash)

  • Diaper dermatitis (diaper rash) is inflammation of the skin under a diaper.
  • It's most often because of irritation from urine and feces.
  • Different types of diaper rash have different symptoms. When irritated from urine and feces, the skin is usually red in color.
  • Treatment includes diaper-free periods, cream and ointment.
  • It's important to keep the diaper area clean and dry, change diapers often and avoid irritants such as soap or scented wipes.
  • What is diaper dermatitis?
  • What causes diaper dermatitis?
  • Which children are at risk for diaper rash?
  • What are the symptoms of diaper dermatitis?
  • How is diaper dermatitis diagnosed?
  • What can I do to help prevent diaper dermatitis?
  • How is diaper rash treated?
  • When should I call my child's health care provider?
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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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