diaper dermatitis


Diaper rash is a skin irritation in infants and older children who are still in diapers. This dermatitis is due to the friction of feces and urine with the baby’s delicate skin. This irritation is more common in children from 0 to 12 months and is more common when they begin to eat solid foods.

Diaper dermatitis is caused by a fungus known by the name of candida and which is very common in babies.

Children who are usually more vulnerable to dermatitis are those who do not maintain good hygiene and remain wet for a long time. It also occurs in children who have diarrhea, urinary tract infections and allergic reactions to the products used to wash cloth diapers.

Some symptoms and signs of diaper rash are as follows:

  • Pinkish rash.
  • Very reddened parts on the penis of males.
  • Red and swollen parts of the vulva in girls.
  • Ulcers and bubbles with pus.
  • Lesions that increase and enlarge linking with the existing irritation.

For diaper dermatitis, it is advisable to have the baby’s skin completely clean and dry, as well as to keep it without a diaper as long as possible.

Among the treatments for diaper rash are odorless ointments as a protector of the skin in contact with the fabric, pediatricians recommend creams that contain moisturizer such as Vaseline, zinc oxide or panthenol that contains great regenerating qualities giving softness and soothing of itching this would apply in cases of mild dermatitis.

When diaper dermatitis is more acute, it is because there is the presence of the fungus called candida. In this case, it must be treated by drugs in the form of topical and antifungal creams such as micostatin, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, or nystatin. It is also recommended to use a steroid ointment such as 1% hydrocortisone.

Doctors recommend against using cornstarch or powder as they can worsen your baby’s skin irritation.