Diaper dermatitis that does not quit


  • Helen T. Shin

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    1. Pediatric Dermatology, The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ and New York University School of Medicine
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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Helen Shin, MD, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, NYU Medical Center, 560 First Ave, H-100, New York, NY 10016, or email: shinh01@med.nyu.edu.


ABSTRACT:  Diaper dermatitis is one of the most common skin disorders in infants. The humid, moist environment under the diaper makes the skin more susceptible to injury from exposure to irritants particularly related to urine and feces. A gentle cleansing routine, frequent diaper changes, and a thick barrier cream help control this condition. Irritant diaper dermatitis should be distinguished from other skin conditions that may develop in this sensitive area.