Red Diaper Syndrome

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Until recently I'd never heard of this syndrome. It's an infection that leads to babies' nappies (and in feeding mothers' breast pads and pumps) to turn pink.

Articles can be found here in Red Diaper Syndrome and in Breastfeeding Medicine.

If your baby has this I recommend you make an appointment with your GP and take the details from these articles too. The articles suggest the conditon is rare, and while frightening to see this in your baby's nappy, it is not actually that serious.

Images taken from Breast Feeding Medicine. Copyright 2018, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Prodigiosin–producing Serratia marcescens. Colonies on (A) blood agar, (B) chocolate agar, (C) MacConkey agar, (D) pink discoloration of infant's clothing, and (E) cloth diapers after being laundered and left to open air for several hours; color change is secondary to red pigment production by S. marcescens. (Pictures A–C courtesy of Melinda Poulter and Joanne Carroll, University of Virginia).


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