Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as a diaper rash, is a term used to describe different skin rashes in the diapered area. The rash is usually red, moist, bumpy 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.
Possible contributors to diaper dermatitis include the following:
The symptoms of diaper dermatitis vary depending on the cause of the dermatitis, and may be different for each child that is affected. The following are common characteristics of each type of rash:
The symptoms of diaper dermatitis may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Treatment for diaper dermatitis will vary based on the cause of the dermatitis. Treatment may include:
Proper skin care is also very important in preventing diaper dermatitis. This includes: