How should caregivers be educated in the prevention and treatment of diaper dermatitis?

Updated: Oct 16, 2020
  • Author: Ruchir Agrawal, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Providing education to the parents and/or caregivers of the patient is important in the treatment and further prevention of diaper dermatitis. [10]  Note the following:

  • Keep the skin clean and dry.

  • Provide diaper education. Frequently change diapers. Use disposable diapers with superabsorbent material. When compared with cloth diapers, disposable diapers provide a lower prevalence and severity of diaper dermatitis. [11]

  • Wash genitalia with warm water and mild soap. Wipes may contain sensitizers but can be helpful in some settings. [12]

  • Frequently apply a bland protective topical agent after thorough washing.

For patient education resources, see the Skin Conditions & Beauty Center and Children’s Health Center. Also, see the patient education articles Diaper Rash, Contact Dermatitis, and Skin Rashes in Children.

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