What is diaper rash
Diaper rash is a problem that plagues
most babies. The incidence of diaper rash peaks between seven to nine months
and then diminishes, as the baby's skin becomes hardier and not so sensitive.
The term "diaper rash" is an umbrella term that describes a number of different skin conditions in the nappy area.
What are the different kinds of diaper rash
This is more likely to occur in bottlefed babies. The redness around the anus is caused by the alkalinity of their stools. Breastfed babies usually develop this condition only after the introduction of solids in their diet.
The most common form of diaper rash, the baby's skin becomes red where there is most friction, but not in the skin folds. It comes and goes, and is not a cause of discomfort unless the baby develops a secondary infection.
This is an itchy rash that may initially appear on other parts of the body before affecting the genitals. It spreads to the nappy area between six and twelve months.
This is a deep red rash, often with yellowish scales, which usually begins on the scalp, though it can start in the nappy area and spread upward.
An uncomfortable rash, bright red and tender, it usually appears in the creases between the abdomen and thighs, with satellite pustules that spread out from that point. This condition often develops in babies taking antibiotics.
This form of nappy rash, caused by bacteria, has two manifestations: (a) Bullous - with large, thin-walled blisters that burst and leave a thin yellow-brown crust; and (b) Non-bullous - with thick yellow crusted scabs and a lot of surrounding redness. This rash mainly covers thighs, buttocks and lower abdomen, but can spread to other parts as well.
Intertrigo: This is caused by the friction of skin rubbing against skin. The area most likely to be affected is the folds of skin between the thighs and the lower abdomen and the armpits. This rash may ooze white to yellowish matter and may burn on contact with urine.
Tidemark dermatitis: This skin irritation is caused by the edge of the nappy rubbing against the skin.
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