“Car Seat Dermatitis”: A Newly Described Form of Contact Dermatitis


  • Fred E. Ghali M.D.

    1. Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, and Private Practice, Pediatric Dermatology of North Texas, Grapevine, Texas
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Address correspondence to Fred E. Ghali, M.D., Pediatric Dermatology of North Texas, 1325 West Northwest Highway, Grapevine, TX 76051, or e-mail: fghali@pol.net.


Abstract:  Over the last several years, our clinic has documented an increasing trend of contact dermatitis presenting in areas that are in direct contact with certain types of car seats composed of a shiny, nylon-like material. Our practice has encountered these cases in both atopic and nonatopic infants, with a seasonal predilection for the warmer months. This brief report highlights some of the key features of this condition and alerts the clinician to this newly described form of contact dermatitis.