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Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin that typically occurs for infants and appears under their diaper. It can also occur in children as old as two or adults who have been paralyzed. Most babies get diaper rash at least once before they turn three, and it is highly common throughout the 9-12 month range.
Diaper Rash Symptoms
It is fairly obvious when diaper rash occurs because the skin is very red, shiny and irritated. It can occur on the baby’s bottom or on the genitals, or the surrounding folds of skin.
Diaper Rash Causes
The rash is due to the fact that babies are frequently sitting and beginning to eat solid foods, which can make bowel movements acidic.
It can be very difficult to keep the area dry and clean, which is why diaper rash is so common. Feces, urine and the subsequent frequent cleaning of feces and urine can cause a great amount of irritation on the baby’s sensitive skin. As mentioned, the acid in the feces in urine causes irritation. The rash is also frequently caused by the friction that develops when the skin is rubbed by wet diapers. Diaper rash can also be a side effect of taking antibiotics.
Diaper Rash Diagnosis
Other than the typical irritation and redness, additional forms of diaper rash can be diagnosed. A candida infection is a fungal infection, commonly known as a yeast infection. It has a bright, red, beefy appearance that often appears as a side effect from taking antibiotics. Another form of diaper rash can take place due to allergic reactions. Babies can be reacting to their diaper wipes, laundry detergent, soaps, other toiletries, or the diapers themselves. If a rash appears oily and yellow-colored, it is called seborrhea and you should consult your doctor for which treatment method is appropriate.
Diaper Rash Treatment
At home treatments are both simple and effective. Hydrocortisone creams are the most common treatment. If you plan to use creams containing steroids, contact your pediatrician first. If the rash is a fungal infection, antifungal cream should be used. If the infection is bacterial, antibiotics are appropriate.
Doctors should treat the rash if it doesn’t get better in seven days with at home treatments. If it spreads, appears to be a bacterial infection, you aren’t sure what is causing the rash, or the baby has persistent diarrhea, allow your doctor to take over.
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