An update on diaper dermatitis

Clin Dermatol. Jul-Aug 2014;32(4):477-87. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2014.02.003. Epub 2014 Feb 28.


Diaper dermatitis leads to approximately 20% of all childhood dermatology visits. There have been several technologic advances in diaper design the last several years; however, due to the unique environment of the diaper area, many children continue to suffer from a variety of dermatologic conditions of this region. Common causes include allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, infection, and psoriasis. Treatments include allergen avoidance, barrier protection, parent education, and topical therapies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Candidiasis, Cutaneous / diagnosis
  • Candidiasis, Cutaneous / drug therapy
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / drug therapy
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Diaper Rash / diagnosis*
  • Diaper Rash / drug therapy*
  • Diaper Rash / etiology
  • Diapers, Infant / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Welfare
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Dermatologic Agents