Studies and Research

Prof. Franco Schettini

University of Bari
Policlinico, Piazza Giulio Cesare
70124 Bari, Italia

Bari October 15th, 1982

During the neonatal period and the first months of life, transitory skin lesions are frequent, but they could lead to skin infections.
Diaper dermatitis is a skin reaction localized in the diaper area where normally there are provoking and activating factors.
Skin rash provoked by continuous contact with urines and feces, the friction and retention of perspiration are responsible for skin alterations, that vary from diffused rash to infiltrative nodular lesions, which easily become blotchy or bubbly due to bacterial and mycotical overlapping.
The dermatological clay in powder was used for a period of 3 months in the Neonatal Assistance Dept. (average frequency of births 270 a month) on nursed babies and with the purpose of preventing rear rash and following skin lesions, which are frequent in the first days of life.
The product was effective in preventing and treating baby rear rash in each case, independently from their food habits, especially in cases in which there was a increase of rashes and superficial skin erosions.
In the skin areas subjected to friction and/or bedsore and perspiration retention, the use of dermatological clay in powder reduced skin lesions, not just caused by irritation, but also by inflammation. There wasn’t any case of dermatitis brought on by bacteria or mycitis, among the checked babies.
In the toxic exanthema of the baby, the systematic use of the dermatological clay in powder reduced rashes and was the rapid solution for skin problems.