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Napkin dermatitis

What is napkin dermatitis?

Napkin dermatitis and nappy rash are used to describe various skin conditions that affect the skin under a baby's napkin. The US term is diaper rash.Napkin dermatitis is most often a form of contact dermatitis.

Napkin dermatitis can also affect adults that wear incontince pads or panties.

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What is the cause of napkin dermatitis?

Napkin dermatitis follows damage to the normal skin barrier associated with wetness.

The nappies themselves are not responsible for nappy rash. Washing powder or nappy cleanser isn't either, as long as the nappies have been thoroughly rinsed to remove the chemicals.

How to prevent and treat nappy rash in babies

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