What Does Contact Dermatitis Look Like on a Baby?

There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. Find out how to identify and treat both skin conditions and when you should call the doctor.


[MUSIC] Contact dermatitis causes your child's skin to become sore or inflamed after contact with a substance. You'll recognize it by it's red bumps that can form dry scaly or burn-like patches or oozing blisters. THere are two kinds of contact dermatitis. The most common type is irritant contact dermatitis caused by things like detergents or wet diapers. Allergic contact dermatitis can be a reaction to topical antibiotics, certain metals, fragrances or poison plants. Irritants usually cause an immediate reaction, whereas allergic reactions may take a few days to show up. To treat contact dermatitis, avoid the irritating substance, if you know what it is. Wash the area with cool water. For irritant dermatitis, using moisturizers twice daily may be sufficient. For more significant, or allergic dermatitis, use a cool compress to dry out blisters. Try a corticosteroid ointment, and/or an oral antihistamine to relieve swelling and itch. Call your doctor if the rash doesn't improve. Covers a large area of the body. Or gets worse after three days. If it's severe and not responding to treatment, dermatologists or allergists should be able to help. [MUSIC]

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