Diaper dermatitis is also known as diaper rash. Infants older than three months are sometimes affected by diaper rash. It is a primary irritant dermatitis.
is caused by chronic exposure to urine and feces. Urine and feces
irritate the skin. When deciding whether your child is having diaper
rash on their skin, examine the groin area carefully. Diaper dermatitis
presents as a shiny, erythematous rash. The rash spares the skin folds
in the groin area.
Change Diapers Frequently
Diaper rash is treated by changing the child’s diaper frequently and
exposing the skin to air. Prolonged dampness encourages the growth of
microflora that are found in yeast diaper rash. This is one form of
diaper dermatitis. Just as with yeast infections (candida infections) in
women, removing damp clothing promptly can help to protect the skin.
Zinc Oxide Helps to Protect the Skin
Petroleum jelly and zinc oxide can be applied to the area to help the skin to heal. There are creams specially developed for treating babies with diaper rash. They also help men and women who have urinary incontinence. These creams often contain zinc oxide in order to help prevent minor skin irritation.