The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of coconut oil compared to the standard diaper rash treatment for the prevention and treatment of diaper rash in NICU babies at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.
Diaper rash is a common condition in babies with up to 50% of babies in the Genesis NICU having diaper rash at some time. It can be caused by a number of different things including friction, skin sensitivity to urine and/or feces, infection or allergies. Diaper rash can range from redness to open sores on the skin and can cause pain for the baby and stress for parents.
Preterm babies may be at higher risk for diaper rash due to their age and sensitive skin. Preterm babies are often on medicine that can cause diarrhea, which increases their risk of getting diaper rash.
Genesis currently uses Vaseline and Zinc Oxide (Desitin and Z-Guard) to treat diaper rash. Other treatments for diaper rash may work as well or better than the products currently used at Genesis. One such option is coconut oil. However, it is unknown whether coconut oil is safe and effective at preventing and treating diaper rash in NICU babies.