In most cases, diaper dermatitis is a type of contact dermatitis. That means the skin is inflamed from contact with certain substances. In diaper dermatitis, urine and feces irritate the skin.
Other common causes of diaper dermatitis include:
Other less common causes of dermatitis in the diaper area include:
Any baby or toddler can develop diaper dermatitis. Things that increase the risk include:
The symptoms of diaper dermatitis vary depending on the cause. And symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. They can include:
The symptoms of diaper dermatitis can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on the cause, and how severe the condition is. Treatment may include:
Proper skin care is very important to prevent diaper dermatitis. This includes:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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