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Diaper Rash

Alternate Names : Diaper Dermatitis

Diaper Rash | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Diaper rash is difficult to prevent. However, the following steps may decrease skin irritation in the diaper area:

  • frequent diaper changing to decrease contact between the skin and urine or stools.
  • cleaning of the diaper area with water and drying of the skin with each diaper change.
  • loosely fastening the diaper to allow for more air circulation.
  • giving yogurt to infants on antibiotics, if they are old enough. An ingredient in yogurt may help prevent yeast infections.
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Diaper rashes usually have no long-term effects. It is possible that chronic rashes or those that become severely infected could lead to scarring.

    What are the risks to others?

    Diaper rash presents no health risks to others and is not contagious.

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    Diaper Rash: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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