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The rash is usually red, scaling and, rarely, ulcerated. It is most commonly seen in infants between the ages of 9 to 12 months, but may begin within the first 2 months of life.
> Bacteria (Staph and Strep) and yeast/fungus (Candida) > Irritation - from urine and feces trapped in the diaper > Skin irritants (soap, fragrances and components of the diaper w/c may result to Contact Dermatitis) >Seborrheic diaper dermatitis - a common, chronic skin condition that can affect the diaper area.
The symptoms of diaper dermatitis vary depending on the cause of the dermatitis, and may be different for each child that is affected. > Candida diaper dermatitis - this rash usually begins in the creases or folds of the thighs and in the diaper area, and then spreads. The rash is usually a deep, red, shiny rash with red, satellite lesions. This type of rash may be associated with thrush, a yeast infection in the baby's mouth.
> Seborrheic diaper dermatitis this rash also affects the skin folds in the groin area and is usually pink. Infants may also have this rash on their face, scalp, or neck at the same time. >Contact diaper dermatitis - this rash is mostly seen on the buttocks and may extend to the thighs, stomach, and waist area, but does not generally involve folds in the area. The rash is usually red and shiny.
>Removal of the diaper for a few days. >Medicated diaper cream (as prescribed by your child's physician). >Anti-inflammatory creams. >Moisture-resistant diaper creams.
Proper skin care is also very important in preventing diaper dermatitis. This includes: >Keeping the diaper area clean and dry. >Changing diapers frequently. >Allowing the diaper area to air dry at times. >Limiting the use of soap and other harsh cleaners in the diaper area.