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Diaper Dermatitis

18 November 2016


Diaper Dermatitis

A nappy problem

Diaper dermatitis is a general term describing any inflammatory. Skin conditions which occur I areas covered by a diaper.

There are a number of factors which can result in this skin problem including prolonged contact with urine and feces, tight-fitting diapers and irritation from chemical substances in product like baby wipes, detergent or baby lotion. T also can strike after a course of antibiotics as antibiotics can weaken the immune system-making the body more vulnerable to infection.


Ridding the rash

The best thing parents can do to grant their baby some relief from diaper dermatitis is to keep their baby’s skin us dry and clean as possible. For instance, let their bottom get some air : leave the diaper off for a few minutes before and after baths, nap or whenever you get the chance. This allows their skin a break from constant rubbing while preventing harmful germs from constant rubbing while preventing harmful germs from thriving inside the diaper.

The bottom line

American president Benjamin Fraklin once said, “ An ounce of prevention is better than a pond of cure”. So why cure diaper dermatitis if you can prevent.

By Dr. Anne Yeoh, Consultant Paediatrician ( Health Today Magazine)