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Diaper Rash

Alternate Names : Diaper Dermatitis

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Diaper rash is a rash in the area of the body covered by a diaper.

What is going on in the body?

Most infants develop a diaper rash at one time or another. Diaper rash is a very common condition in infants because their skin is very sensitive. A diaper rash is most often due to a reaction of the infant's skin to moisture and irritants.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

There are many causes of a diaper rash. Most diaper rashes are due to prolonged contact with wetness, bacteria from bowel movements, and chemicals in the urine. Diaper rash may also develop if an infant is on antibiotics and develops a yeast infection of the skin. Infants with a history of skin disorders, such as eczema, or cradle cap, may be more likely to develop a diaper rash.

Diaper rash does not usually present a health risk. However, if it is not properly treated, a bacterial infection may develop in the affected skin. A bacterial infection can lead to more serious problems such as:

  • an infection in the blood, which can be life threatening.
  • scarring of the tube, called the urethra, which carries urine out of the body. This is quite rare.


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    Diaper Rash: Symptoms & Signs

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

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