Practical Management Strategies for Diaper Dermatitis

S. Humphrey, MD; J. N. Bergman, MD, FRCPC; S. Au, MD, FRCPC


Skin Therapy Letter. 2006;11(7):1-6. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Common diaper dermatitis is an irritant contact diaper dermatitis(IDD) created by the combined influence of moisture, warmth, urine, feces, friction, and secondary infection. It is difficult to completely eradicate these predisposing factors in a diapered child. Thus, IDD presents an ongoing therapeutic challenge for parents, family physicians, pediatricians, and dermatologists. This article will focus on pratical management strategies for IDD.

IDD is a common inflammatory eruption of the skin in the diaper area created by the presence of moisture, warmth, urine, feces, and friction, and is seen in 25% of children wearing diapers.[1]


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