Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a skin irritation that occurs in the diaper-covered region. It is also called diaper dermatitis, napkin or nappy dermatitis. Contact irritation is the most common cause. While diaper rash generally affects infants and toddlers, however any individual who wears a diaper.

Diaper Rash


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Diaper rashes are likely to cause a combination of factors such as wetness, friction, the presence of micro-organism from urine and feces. Many folds and creases are present in that skin area, inefficient cleansing results in diaper rash.

Acidic skin surface is necessary for the maintenance of normal microflora. This acidic surface provides anti-microbial protection against pathogenic bacteria and yeast. Babies who have had diarrhea have increased the incidence of diaper rash because fecal lipase and protease activity increases.

Wearing diapers increases the wetness of skin and pH. The long-standing wetness of skin makes the outer layer of skin soft with disruption of intercellular lamellae. This increased dampness, lack of exposure to air, exposure to irritants and increased skin friction breaks the skin barrier.
Age / Sex prevalence of diaper rash

Rashes can develop as early as the first week of life. Frequency increases between 9-12 months of age.

Races affected by diaper rash

Individuals of any race can be affected by diaper rash.

Causes of diaper rash

• Prolonged exposure to urine or feces that is retained in a diaper irritates the baby’s sensitive skin.

• As the baby begins to eat solid foods, the content of stool changes, however increasing the likelihood of diaper rash.

• The disposable diaper or a detergent or fabric softener used to launder cloth diapers can irritate baby’s sensitive skin.

• Fungal infection.

• Babies who are suffering from atopic dermatitis or eczema may be more likely to develop diaper rashes

• Most rashes are caused by friction that develops when skin is rubbed by wet diapers.

Diaper rash Signs and Symptoms

• Bright red rashes
• Red and scaly areas on the scrotum and penis in boys
• Red or scaly areas on the labia and vagina in girls
• Pimples, ulcers, blisters, large bumps, or pus-filled sores
• It may or may not involve skin folds

Treatment of diaper rash

The best way to treat diaper rash is to keep the baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible. If diaper rash still persists during home treatment, the doctor may prescribe an antifungal cream or a mild hydrocortisone cream.

Prognosis of diaper rash

Diaper rashes respond well to treatment

Homeopathic treatment for diaper rash

Every branch of science has its own scope and limitations, so does Homeopathy. Although Homeopathy has a lot of very good remedies for curing & controlling auto-immune disorders, male & female disorders, children and elderly people.

In cases of an emergency situation such as poisoning, serious abdominal complaints (such as acute appendicitis and pancreatitis), fractures, injury, and accidents should be first taken to emergency. However, a patient can consult his homeopathic physician after recovering from his initial phase. Please note Homeopathy plays no role in treating any nutritional disorders.

The scope of Homeopathy is limited; it is the sole responsibility of the physician to decide upon the cure – by looking into the complete nature of the disease, onset, and stage of the disease and then act accordingly.

Arsenicum album:
• Skin thickened with rashes
• Dry parchment like scaly skin
• Skin gets balanced after scratching
• Itching and burning sensation relieved by warmth.

• Skin lesions uniform, smooth, shiny bright red.
• Hot to touch
• Rashes painful, child cries when touched

Borax veneta:
• Erythema with swelling and itching
• Skin rashes in perineal area, lower abdomen, and folds of groins
• Urticaria like rashes

• Moist eruption in the groin
• Rashes at the bends of the thighs, groins
• Eruptions painful
• Pain worse from heat

• Eczema with shiny, fiery, red areola
• Small vesicles with terrible itching
• More salivation in babies than usual and the nappy area is very moist and sweaty.
• Intolerable itching, worse from warmth in bed and at night
• Secretions dry quickly, producing scabs from which thick pus oozes.

Rhus toxicodendron:
• Skin of the diaper area covered with numerous vesicles
• Skin itchy even little blister arises from itching.
• Parts swollen and edematous.
• Rash worse at night and better from warmth and in dry weather

• Dry scaly eruption with easy suppuration
• Itching and sever burning
• Feels good to touch but it makes him worse later
• Excoriation, especially in folds
• Itching worse scratching and washing, from warmth, in evening and in damp weather
• Dry red and scaly rash on buttocks

Diet / management of Diaper rash

• Keep baby clean and dry by frequently changing nappy.

• Using fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes or a mild, moisturizing soap. Wash baby’s bottom with plain water and pat skin dry.

• Give baby as much nappy-free time as possible to allow the air to help in healing.

• Apply a thin layer of cream or ointment before putting on a nappy.

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