Using this article: “Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin in and around the

Using this article: “Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin in and around the buttocks and genital area. Infants who have sensitive skin or who are formula-fed versus breast-fed are more likely to experience peri-odic outbreaks of diaper rash (Seifi, Jalali, & Heidari, 2017).
Cause: Prolonged contact with ammonia in urine and organic acids in stools can burn an infant’s skin and cause patches of red, raised areas, or tiny pimples. In severe cases, areas that are open and weeping may become infected with yeast or bacteria. Reactions to fabric softeners, soaps, lotions, powders, antibiotics, foods, and certain brands of disposable diapers may also cause some infants and toddlers to develop diaper rash.”
“Management: Prompt changing of wet or soiled diapers followed by a thorough cleansing of the skin is often sufficient to prevent and treat diaper rash. Baby products, such as powders and lotions, should be avoided because they can encourage bacterial growth when combined with urine and feces. In addition, infants may ingest (hands to mouth) or inhale fine powder particles. A thin layer of petroleum jelly or zinc oxide ointment applied to irritated areas will help protect the skin. Allowing the infant to go without diapers (when at home) and exposing affected areas to the air can also speed the healing process. If the diaper rash does not improve in 2 or 3 days, parents should be encouraged to contact their health care provider.”
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