Diaper rash is skin irritation around the thighs, genitals,
buttocks, or abdomen; the rash is red and may look like the skin has been
burned or scalded. Diaper rash is the most
common skin problem in babies and young children, but it can occur at any age
if diapers or incontinence briefs are worn.
Most of these rashes are caused by the diaper
rubbing against the skin, moisture, chemicals in the diaper, or bacteria in the
baby's urine or stool.
Almost all babies develop diaper rash at
one time or another. Usually simple changes in the diapering or cleaning
routine will eliminate the rash. Occasionally a yeast infection causes the
rash. If your baby or child has a yeast infection, check with your doctor
before you treat it with any product made for an adult.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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