oa Professional Nursing Today - Diaper dermatitis : primary healthcare

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as nappy rash, is a term used to describe different skin rashes within the nappy area. Continuous occlusion, moisture and maceration of the nappy area may cause a non-physiological state, which skin cannot tolerate indefinitely. Fermentation of the secretions and liberation of ammonia play an important role. Nappy rash is one of the most common skin disorders, occurring in 50% of infants, with 5% having severe rashes. Breast fed infants have fewer nappy rashes than formula-fed infants. The frequency and severity of nappy rash are significantly lower when the number of nappy changes per day increases.

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