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Newborn / HIV
Nov 18, 2007

What treatments should a newborn HIV baby have for diarrhea and diaper rash?

Response from Dr. Henry

The cause of the diarrhea needs to be established and treatment targeted at any identified cause. A range of problems from infections to side effects of treatment to food intolerance could be contributing. Diaper rash is common in babies but could be worse if diarrhea and a damaged immune system (more often rash can be complicated by local fungal infection or other conditions). For local irritation a range of topical treatments can help protect the skin (such as zinc oxide, vitamin and d ointment) but applying to broken skin can slow healing. Keeping area dry and clean with frequent diaper changes and no plastic diapers is important. KH



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