Irritant diaper dermatitis refers to skin rashes present in the diaper area and is very common among infants and toddlers.
The main cause is feces and urine that irritates the skin but can also be caused by the yeast infection Candida, Seborrhea, nutritional and immune deficiencies, metabolic disorders, diapers that are too tight or rub the skin, reaction to soaps used to clean cloth diapers, or child abuse. Diaper rash is common among infants between the ages of four and fifteen months of age.
Symptoms include: scaly and very red areas on the penis and scrotum in boys, scaly or red areas on the vagina and labia in girls, bright red rash in the diaper area that gets bigger, pimples, blisters, and ulcers.
The best treatment is to make sure that the baby’s skin is kept dry and clean by changing diapers frequently, using water and a soft cloth to clean the diaper area, avoiding the use of wipes that contain alcohol or perfumes, utilizingabsorbent diapers to keep the skin clean and dry, washing hands before and after changing a diaper, and using petroleum jelly-based products and zinc oxide to keep moisture away from the infant’s skin by applying it to skin that is completely dry and clean. It’s important to keep the baby out of diapers as much as possible.