Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Irritant Diaper Dermatitis Treatment Methods to Help Heal Baby's Skin

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.

Diaper 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.

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