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Diaper rash / Nappy rash

What is nappy / diaper rash?

Symptoms of nappy / diaper rash

Causes of nappy / diaper rash

Prevention / remedies / treatment for nappy / diaper rash

References

What is nappy / diaper rash?

Diaper rash (USA), nappy rash (UK) is also known as irritant diaper dermatitis. It occurs when a skin rash / redness / irritation / inflammation occurs in the area under a diaper. It is caused by various irritants, infections and skin disorders.

When nappy rash is caused by an irritant, the rash is mainly seen on the convex surfaces of the skin, and not in skin folds.

When diaper rash is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, the rash tends to spread to concave surfaces (inside skin folds) as well as being on the convex surfaces of the skin.

Diaper rash should not be confused with seborrhoeic dermatitis or atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Symptoms of nappy / diaper rash

Causes of nappy / diaper rash

Prevention / remedies / treatment for nappy / diaper rash

References

1. John Harper, Arnold P. Oranje, Neil S. Prose. Textbook of pediatric dermatology. 2006. Wiley-Blackwell.

2. Hockenberry, M.J. Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 2003. St. Louis, MO; Mosby, Inc.

3. Atherton D.J., Mills K. What can be done to keep babies' skin healthy? 2004. RCM Midwives Journal 7 (7): 288-290.

4. Borkowski S. Diaper rash care and management. 2004. Pediatr Nurs 30 (6): 467-70. PMID 15704594.

5. Gupta AK, Skinner AR. Management of diaper dermatitis. 2004. Int. J. Dermatol. 43 (11): 830-4.

6. Atherton DJ. A review of the pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of irritant diaper dermatitis. 2004. Curr Med Res Opin 20 (5): 645-9.