Ulcerated diaper dermatitis: Child abuse mimicker
child abuse mimicker; cow's milk; diarrhea; irritant diaper dermatitis; laxatives; non-accidental trauma; scald burn; sennoside; tomatoes
Irritant diaper dermatitis is a common dermatologic problem among infants and young children. Severe erosive presentations, although uncommon, are diagnostically challenging and can mimic non-accidental trauma (NAT). Diagnosing inflicted injury and NAT where it does not exist can cause parental distress, yet failing to diagnose inflicted injury and NAT can result in re-injury. We describe three cases of severe erosive diaper dermatitis in pediatric patients aged 2-6 years that were initially concerning for inflicted scald burn or neglect.
Caldas, Stella A.; Murphy, Emily; Habeshian, Kaiane; Kirkorian, Anna Yasmine; and Hinds, Tanya, "Ulcerated diaper dermatitis: Child abuse mimicker" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 2710.