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Do scales in the diaper area indicate diaper rash, or another condition?

Do scales in the diaper area indicate diaper rash, or another condition?

Rash: Rashes can be from many things in the diaper area. If baby has other scaly patches, he might have eczema/atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Sensitivities to the diaper occasionally cause irritated areas. Typical diaper rash from being in stool too long is usually more red, not as scaly. If unsure of the cause/treatment, see your doctor. Rashes cannot be diagnosed on the phone. ...Read more

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If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent i'm using?

If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent i'm using?

Yes: Since it doesn't involve the diaper area unless you have cloth diapers that have been washed in the same detergent it could be a contact dermatitis related to the laundry detergent. It is more likely an atopic dermatitis (eczema) which is an excessive dryness of the skin. The reason it is not in the diaper area is because the diaper area is usually moist. ...Read more

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Can prickly heat be mistaken for mesa in diaper area on a baby?

Can prickly heat be mistaken for mesa in diaper area on a baby?

MRSA?: Prickly heat generally looks like small bumps without any redness. People with MRSA (multiple resistant staph aureus) can be colonized- bacteria present on the skin without sores or have active infection with sores. If your baby has blistering, redness, streaks in the diaper area, he/she should be checked by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use wipes instead of water for changing diapers and cleaning up the diaper area?

Is it safe to use wipes instead of water for changing diapers and cleaning up the diaper area?

Diaper wipes: It's been reported recently that using wipes for cleaning the diaper area is safe to use even in newborns. ...Read more

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12 month old has what looks like a scratch in diaper area, it is a straight line but slightly blistard. Best way to treat> We are snowed in. ?

12 month old has what looks like a scratch in diaper area, it is a straight line but slightly blistard. Best way to treat> We are snowed in. ?

Need more info: would need to see an image to make the most accurate diagnosis. If you are snowed in, a live healthtap consult with a doctor in your state can likely provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan that is most appropriate for your 12 month old. ...Read more

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What are tha causes of fungal rash on my baby's diaper area? How would i know its a fungal rash compared to ordinary rashes

What are tha causes of fungal rash on my baby's diaper area? How would i know its a fungal rash compared to ordinary rashes

Red and itchy: Everyone has yeast that lives on the skin. But yeast particularly likes places that are damp and moist - like under a diaper. Keeping the skin cool and dry will help. You can also try an over-the-counter antifungal like Clotrimazole cream 3 times a day and see if that works. Yeast rashes are usually very red, itchy, and spread with "satellite" small red bumps away from the rash center. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby is 2 weeks old. He keeps getting pus/fluid filled blisrers in his diaper area, buttox, pubic area. What can I do to prevent this?

My baby is 2 weeks old. He keeps getting pus/fluid filled blisrers in his diaper area, buttox, pubic area. What can I do to prevent this?

Ammonia diaper rash: The rash sounds like an ammonia induced diaper rash that comes from concentrated urine. Wash your childs diaper area with soap and water. Use a hair dryer to make sure the area is meticulously dry. Change diapers frequently or leave diaper area exposed to air. Push fluids like water to dilute urine. Use diaper creme combined with an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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My pediatrician doesn't check the diaper area for my baby during well baby visits. He doesn't check that area for my 7 year old either. Is that ok?

My pediatrician doesn't check the diaper area for my baby during well baby visits.  He doesn't check that area for my 7 year old either.  Is that ok?

Depends: I expect a doc to do genital exams during infancy when rashes and other issues are more common. I do not expect genital exams on all kids for their checkups after they get past 4 or so, particularly if that doc has followed them from infancy. ...Read more

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