Nappy Rash Guide
Up to 1/3 of babies have nappy rash at any one time.
Nappy rash can lead to an increased frequency of crying, changes in eating habits and sleep patterns, agitated and restless behaviour and sometime less urination and/or defaecation to avoid pain. Careful care when changing your baby’s nappy can help prevent nappy rash.
1. Causes and symptoms of nappy rash?
- Bacteria and fungi
- Urine & faeces
- Closed Environment
- Spots, Pimples or Blisters
2. How to prevent and treat nappy rash?
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 require medical attention. For more information visit the NHS Choices Website.
Use mild baby wipes or a warm, wet washcloth to gently cleanse your baby’s skin
Keep baby’s skin as dry as possible
Apply a thick layer of nappy barrier cream to the entire nappy area at each nappy change to help protect from the causes of napy rash.
3. Some more useful tips:
We recommend you contact your doctor in these situations:
- Your baby cries in pain when the nappy rash is touched
- The rash spreads to other parts of the baby’s body, like their arms or face
- The rash does not improve after a week, or stops then reoccurs
- The nappy rash blisters or starts to bleed.
- Your baby has a fever