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Nappy rash


We answer your nappy rash FAQs

Nappy rash can be distressing for both you and your baby. Here, we answer some commonly asked questions about nappy rash, and explain what you can do prevent your baby from getting it.

What are the symptoms of nappy rash?

Nappy rash occurs on your baby's bottom and can vary from slight redness to a painful, inflamed area with pimples and blisters. Sometimes little spots appear around the edges of the sore area.

Mild nappy rash will probably not affect your baby, but if the rash becomes severe your baby will feel uncomfortable and may become distressed.

What causes nappy rash?

There are several causes of nappy rash. The most common is a baby's skin being in contact with urine or stools for a long period - this is usually because the nappy hasn't been changed frequently enough.

Others causes include:

  1. The nappy rubbing against the skin leading to chafing
  2. The nappy area not being cleaned thoroughly
  3. Skin irritation caused by chemical irritants found in some baby wipes or washing detergents, soap and bubble baths
  4. Antibiotics can cause thrush which may lead to nappy rash

How can nappy rash be prevented?

The best way to prevent nappy rash is to keep your baby's bottom dry and to clean the area thoroughly at each nappy change.

Top tips to help avoid the discomfort of nappy rash:

  1. Change your baby's nappy frequently - regular changing can ensure that the skin isn't in contact with urine or faeces for too long.
  2. Wash your baby's bottom with warm water and cotton wool or, if you use baby wipes make sure they are fragrance and alcohol-free. 
  3. Always dry your baby's skin gently after cleansing and before putting on a clean nappy.
  4. Let your baby go naked for a while each day to let air circulate around his bottom.
  5. If you use a barrier cream, don't apply it too thickly - this may stop the nappy drawing moisture away from the skin

How to treat nappy rash

The number one rule for the treatment of nappy rash is to act at the first sign of redness - but remember not to expect results instantly. Mild nappy rash can be treated by following the tips on prevention above and will usually clear up within a few days.

A more severe rash may require a specially formulated nappy rash cream. Your chemist or doctor will be able to give you nappy rash advice.

Other rashes

If the rash shows no sign of improving after a few days, or if it spreads into the folds of the skin and white or red pimples appear this could be a sign of infection. You should seek advice from your doctor who may prescribe suitable medication.

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