Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash

Extended exposure to urine and feces, among other things, can cause diaper rash – but there are several ways of treating it.

Contact diaper dermatitis is when the skin, irritated from urine and feces, looks red and shiny. The skin on the buttocks, thighs, belly/abdomen, and waist may be affected. The skin creases or folds are usually not affected.

Treatment will depend on symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on the cause, and how severe the condition is. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, treatment may include:
• Periods of time without wearing diapers
• Frequent diaper changes
• Ointment put on the diaper area to protect the skin
• Antifungal cream or ointment for a Candida infection
• Corticosteroid cream for more severe dermatitis
• Antibiotic medicine for a bacterial infection

Always remember: you should call the healthcare provider if there are symptoms that don’t get better in two to three days, symptoms that get worse, or blisters or pus-filled sores.

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