Diaper Rash
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Diaper rash is a common and often frustrating skin condition of babies.  Learn some prevention and treatment strategies from Dr. Edward Hill in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Diaper rash is a common problem for young children.

It is often precipitated by:

- irritation from stool and urine

- introduction of new foods

- bacterial or yeast infection

- sensitive skin

- chafing or rubbing, or

- use of antibiotics

The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep your babyís skin as clean and dry as possible.  If your babyís diaper rash persists during home treatment, contact your doctor. They may prescribe an antifungal and hydrocortisone cream.

Use these strategies to prevent diaper rash:

- Change diapers often

- Rinse your babyís bottom with water as part of each diaper change

- Pat your baby dry with a clean towel

- Donít over-tighten diapers or use diapers with elastic edges. Give your babyís bottom a little breathing room

- If you use cloth diapers, wash them carefully with dye and fragrance-free detergents

- Try diaper liners and breathable diaper covers, and

- Wash your hands thoroughly after changing diapers.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.