Diaper dermatitis is a highly prevalent condition that causes discomfort and stress for patients and frustration for healthcare staff. Premature infants and are particularly at risk for developing diaper dermatitis and its potential consequences. Contributing factors include over-hydration, irritants, friction, increased skin pH, diet, gestational age, antibiotic use, diarrhea and medical condition.
Fecal and urinary incontinence can damage the skin and render its barrier function ineffective. Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is an inflammation of the skin that may occur when urine or stool comes into contact with skin. Minimizing skin damage caused by incontinence is dependent on successful control of excess hydration, maintenance of proper pH, minimization of interaction between urine and feces, and prevention of secondary infection.5
Deterrence/Prevention: Prevention of diaper dermatitis can be summarized with the acronym ABCDE (air, barrier, cleansing, diaper, and education).6 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Experts agree, “Expose the diaper dermatitis patient’s affected skin to air”. Learn more
What the Top Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Neonatology say about treating and preventing diaper rash. While there may be disagreement regarding treatment selections, there is one consensus, air helps dry and heal the rash. Air is the Standard of Care!