Diaper Rash (cont.)
Diaper Rash Treatment
- If the child (or adult) appears to have a candidal infection, the doctor may recommend antifungal creams or medicines.
- If the child has impetigo (a bacterial infection), antibiotics may be prescribed.
- Your doctor may recommend a short course of mild topical steroid cream or ointment if the rash does not appear to be a fungal infection.
Diaper Rash Prevention
Prevention is the most effective way to treat diaper rash.
- Diapers today are highly absorbent and can wick away excess moisture from the skin. However, it is still a good idea to change the diapers every few hours to prevent urine or feces from coming into contact with skin.
- Before putting on a new diaper, be sure that the skin is dry and clean.
- When applying the diaper, avoid tape adhering to the skin, because this can also lead to breakdown and irritate the skin.
- Good handwashing is a must to help prevent infections.
- Try to air out the diaper area as much as possible.
Diaper Rash Prognosis
Diaper rash usually goes away on its own. In addition, a child will stop having episodes of diaper rash once potty-training has been successfully completed and the child no longer wears a diaper.
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
Adam, R. "Skin Care of the Diaper Area." Pediatric Dermatology 25.4 July-Aug. 2008: 427-433.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014
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