To the Editor.—One of the basic tenets in treating a diaper rash is to keep the area as dry as possible. This is accomplished by frequent diaper changes, powder, and exposure to the air for its drying effect. Another method frequently used in the hospital is to shine a light from a gooseneck lamp on the involved area to provide enough heat to dry the area. Precautions should always be taken to be sure that the lamp is not too close to the baby.
When our own infant recently developed a diaper rash, my wife carried out the above procedures. Since he is a boy, she was concerned about him urinating on the floor when he was undiapered and the area was being exposed to the air and light. After a few unnecessary comments that pediatricians in academic medicine don't really know the practicalities of taking care of babies,