Red Diaper Syndrome

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Until last week (July 2019) I'd never heard of this before. It's an infection that leads babies nappies (and in feeding mothers breastpads, breast 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.

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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