Nappy rash is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK – it’s also the most common skin problem in early childhood. You won’t be alone if your baby develops nappy rash – most children aged 0-3 years old develop nappy rash in some way. Although it’s usually seen in babies from 6-8 months, it can also happen much earlier.
Nappy rash can develop quickly and appears in the area under the nappy. There are common symptoms, though the rash itself can look different from baby to baby. Have a look under your baby’s nappy. If nappy rash exists, you’ll see some or all of these symptoms:
Most nappy rashes are mild and can be treated with a simple skincare routine. Your baby will usually feel no pain or discomfort. However, in severe cases and when infection is involved, the condition can be distressing and requires medical treatment. For more information, visit the NHS Choices website.
We recommend you contact your GP in these situations:
Step 1: Clean baby’s skin:
Firstly, make sure you change wet or soiled nappies straight away. Gently but thoroughly clean baby’s skin with mild and gentle wipes, or if you prefer, cotton wool and water.
Step 2: Allow nappy area to dry:
After you’ve finished cleaning baby’s bottom, pat it dry, or allow your baby to go nappy-free for a little while to air-dry.
Step 3: Apply nappy cream:
When baby’s bottom is dry, apply a barrier nappy cream, to help protect your baby’s skin from contact with urine and faeces. It can also help protect against friction from the nappy on their delicate skin.
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