What is Diaper Rash

  • Diaper dermatitis is caused by over hydration of the skin, maceration, prolonged contact with urine and feces, retained diaper soaps, and topical preparations and is a prototypical example of irritant contact dermatitis.
  • Children with a previous medical history of eczema or atopic dermatitis may be more susceptible to diaper dermatitis.
  • Patients with diaper dermatitis present with an erythematous scaly diaper area often with papulovesicular or bullous lesions, fissures, and erosions.
  • Medical therapy for diaper dermatitis includes the use of mild topical agents, mild anti-candidal agents, and, possibly, topical low-potency steroids.