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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.