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Bacterial and Viral Rashes

Rashes in the Newborn continued...

A greasy, scaly, red diaper rash, seborrheic dermatitis tends to occur in the creases and folds just as in candidal rashes. Unlike candidal rashes, the rash is usually not intensely red or scaly but instead is usually moist and greasy in appearance. This rash is not harmful and can be easily treated by your doctor.

Irritant diaper rash

The effects of urine and feces on the sensitive skin of the newborn cause this rash. The creases and folds are spared in this rash, unlike seborrhea or candidal diaper rash.

  • Treatment
    • To prevent diaper rash, change soiled or wet diapers as soon as possible.
    • Make sure that baby clothing is well rinsed, and do not use fabric softeners because this may irritate delicate skin.
    • Many doctors suggest allowing the bottom to go bare for several hours a day, especially to help heal a diaper rash.
    • Topical ointments with zinc oxide or vaseline also provide a barrier and may help with healing of a diaper rash.
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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by David Hirsch, MD on April 29, 2010

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