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What is nappy rash?

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What is nappy rash?

Nappy rash is an irritation of the skin anywhere in the nappy area. Mild nappy rash appears as a generalised reddened area or small dots on the skin. The extent of nappy rash can vary greatly.

Occasionally nappy rash can become persistent and may be a good idea to consult your doctor or a healthcare professionals.

What does nappy rash look like?

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What does nappy rash look like?

You can recognise nappy rash in a number of ways:

  • Nappy rash normally starts with a slight redness in the nappy area.
  • It tends not to affect the skin folds.
  • Areas such as the buttocks and upper thighs can become red and moist.
  • Patches of dry, flaky skin may also develop.

What causes nappy rash?

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What causes nappy rash?

The most common cause of nappy rash is when your baby’s skin becomes inflamed after contact with the chemicals in urine or faeces.

Nappy rash is likely to occur if nappies are not changed often enough or if your baby has diarrhoea. However, if your baby has particularly sensitive skin, it can occur even when the nappy area is frequently cleaned.

Sometimes friction caused by the nappy rubbing against your baby’s delicate skin or washing detergents that have not been thoroughly rinsed out of terry nappies (reusable nappies) can also cause nappy rash to the develop.

When is nappy rash more likely to occur?

Nappy rash can affect your baby’s bottom at any time and the reasons can be unclear. Particularly as some babies naturally have more sensitive skin and may be more prone to the condition.

However, there are certain times when babies are especially susceptible to nappy rash, such as:

  • During teething.
  • Changing from breast to bottle feeding.
  • Starting on solid foods.
  • Drinking cow’s milk for the first time.
  • Eating acidic foods such as citrus, tomatoes and strawberries.

Nappy Rash useful information

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How to prevent and treat nappy rash

You can help to prevent your baby getting nappy rash by following a few simple steps:

  • Change your baby’s nappy as soon as you can when it becomes wet or soiled.
  • Carefully wash the nappy area with warm water and cotton wool, gently patting dry, or use a fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipe.
  • Just letting their skin breathe can work wonders. So whenever possible, leave their nappy off for an hour or so.
  • Try to change your baby’s nappy before putting him or her down to sleep.

If rash persists, speak to your doctor or healthcare professional.

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