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Different Kinds of Diaper Rash

Different Kinds of Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is very common in babies. Diaper rash is a general term given to different rashes. This occurs due to the friction created between baby's skin and diaper. There are different kinds of diaper rash. Read on.

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

Perianal dermatitis
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.

Chafing dermatitis
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. 

Atopic dermatitis
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.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis
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.

Candidal dermatitis
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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Shobha.10 years ago
diaper rashes also occur if the baby is sweating. therefore, one must always apply some baby powder on the sides and then make the baby wear the diaper.
Manisha.10 years ago
i think if you wear the diaper little up on the stomach and you stick the plastic sticker to the upward position it will lessen the rash. because the main source of rash is that plastic edge which hurts baby. and of course applying some baby powder before wearing the diaper will also help.
Reyna.10 years ago
a good way to prevent rashes is by using products with zinc or by using dry clay poweder, which is absoulutely natural and non-toxic.
Arianna.10 years ago
hi,i'm in 7th grade and was wrighting a half a page on caring for infants for science class,my moms having twins by the way and a i just a had to say that i thought that this is a great site to find what you need, and that i'm very pleased with your progress. you never kwow but years later i could be on this site looking for some help.keep up the good work.=)
Gayatri.10 years ago
i think first of all a baby should be worn diapers only after completing three months. till then cloth nappies are good and safe for the should be kept clean and should be cleaned immediately after passing stools. it should not be left like that in order to avoid rashes.
Mike.10 years ago
this article offers a good explanation but little advice by way of a cure. i found readers comments more helpful in solving the problem. essentially i jut found out that my child has an acute allergy to ammonia which is a component of urine.
Jayshree.10 years ago
use creams with zinc oxide to prevent rash. after rash has subsided use vaseline petroleum jelly during all diaper changes.
Brook.10 years ago
im in the 9th grade looking for needs of a newborn baby for home ec and i thought this was a good website to find it thanx
Seema.10 years ago
i am the mother of 2 baby boys and i use cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants. even when they develope a diaper rash, i continue to diaper them in rubber pants. just be sure to change their diapers frequently and check their diapers every hour or so to make sure they aren't wet or poopy. contrary to all beliefs, rubber pants do not make a diaper rash worse.
Seema.10 years ago
for those of you who babysit children who wear regular cloth diapers with rubber pants, you can pull the baby's rubber pants down at the front waistband area of the diapers if the baby has a diaper rash. this allows air to enter and evaporate out of the baby's diapers helping to prevent further irritation.
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