Toronto parents ask, "What is the best treatment for diaper rash?"
Your baby's smile and laughter melts your heart. Likewise, when your child cries due to discomfort or unknown causes, you want to make the situation better immediately. One common cause of irritation for infants is diaper rash. Even with the most diligent frequent changing of diapers, babies can still develop diaper dermatitis, also known as diaper rash, because of their delicate skin.
Causes of diaper rash are listed in three basic categories:
- Contact, or irritant, dermatitis - when the skin is in direct contact with urine or stool, the top layers of skin may present a mild redness, similar to a sunburn
- Skin infections caused by bacteria, yeast, or fungus - when the skin integrity is compromised somewhat, staph, strep, or candida infections can result.
Bacterial infections may leave small blisters or pustules. Yeast or fungal infections, unlike contact dermatitis, can be recognized because the irritation presents in fold of the skin
- Allergic reactions - while less common, fragrances or materials in the diaper or wipes can also trigger diaper rash
At Dermatology on Bloor, Drs. Daniel Schachter, Sam Hanna, and Anne Curtis, are board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians that specialize in advanced medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology for all ages. Our state-of-the-art office serves the Toronto region, including University, Downtown, and Yorkville.
Our friendly and professional staff offers the following tips for treating diaper rash:
- Prompt changing of wet or soiled diapers as soon as feasible to eliminate the moisture than can irritate skin
- Avoid alcohol or fragrance-based cleansers. Instead, gently clean the skin with water and a soft washcloth or use a squirt bottle for cleaning if the rash looks highly irritated
- Apply layers of zinc oxide cream at each change, layering it over the affected area until the end of the day
- Monitor the rash and the baby's behavior. If fever, pus, or blisters appear, or if the rash does not respond to treatment, contact one of our board-certified dermatologists
For more information about diaper rash or any skin condition, contact us at 647-426-2695 today. Dermatology on Bloor is located in Toronto at 208 Bloor Street West, Suite 403.
We put academic qualifications, many years of combined experience, and training in a variety of special interest areas to work for your healthy, radiant skin. Our providers – Drs. Schachter, Hanna, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack, and Taradash – welcome new patients for treatment at the Dermatology on Bloor practice on Park Road in Toronto. Our team is here to serve your needs
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Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014