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Diaper Rash-Causes

Written by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Jul 04, 2019
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Causes of diaper rash

Diaper rash occurs because of the friction of diaper against the skin. It occurs in skin creases especially where sweating is more and in places where skin is in contact with diaper.

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The sweat, urine and the stool increases the pH of the skin and the putrefying enzymes that are produced makes the outer layer of the skin permeable to the germs which in turn causes skin irritation. The ammonia in the urine also damages the skin.

When plastic non-porous diapers are used the moisture can irritate the skin causing the diaper rash.

The diaper rash could also occur if the skin of the baby is sensitive to the detergents used to wash the diapers.

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Diaper rash in is caused due to urine being acidic in nature. You must make the infant sit in a shallow bucket with a littlewarm water and 1tst starch (common starch - used to starch clothes at home) for 5mins. the water level should be blow the hip level.

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