Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

College of Nursing

Sub-Department

Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Stephanie Burgess

Abstract

Approximately 80-90% of children in developed countries wear disposable diapers, and 50% of these have a resulting irritant and Candida albicans diaper dermatitis. Whereas adults are responsible for pediatric care, and because pediatric patients are susceptible to skin reactions related to the use of diapers, it is important that caregivers are aware of and use the most effective treatments for diaper dermatitis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Thus, health care providers are an essential reference for caregivers and should have appropriate treatment and preventive suggestions for their patients' caregivers.

The purposes of this project were to (a) review the scientific literature review on pediatric irritant diaper dermatitis and Candida albicans diaper dermatitis, (b) analyze the literature for comparing pharmaceutical interventions and non-pharmacologic interventions among each other for treating irritant diaper dermatitis and Candida albicans diaper dermatitis, (c) determine the most effective means of treatment for pediatric irritant diaper dermatitis and Candida albicans diaper dermatitis, and (d) determine the best practice protocol for the treatment of pediatric irritant diaper dermatitis and Candida albicans diaper dermatitis.

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