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What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash is a common skin rash in babies who wear nappies. It is common in babies between four and 15 months old.
What causes nappy rash?
The most common cause of nappy rash is irritation of the skin caused by wearing a nappy. In particular, prolonged exposure of the skin to moisture from urine and stools (poo) can inflame the skin. In some cases, infections or some health conditions can also …
How is nappy rash treated?
The main form of treatment for nappy rash is home care ensuring that the skin is irritated as little as possible. If the nappy rash is severe, or there is infection of the skin, medicated creams such as anti-inflammatories, antifungals and antibiotics may be …
What can be done at home to treat nappy rash?
Preventing further irritation of the skin can help nappy rash clear up. Changing nappies as soon as they are soiled, using absorbent disposable nappies, applying a barrier cream to the skin and having 'no nappy' time can all help.
Can nappy rash be prevented?
To help prevent irritation of your baby's skin, you can use disposable nappies with good absorbency, change the nappy often and have regular times for the baby to be without a nappy.
Will nappy rash keep coming back?
Some babies are more prone to nappy rash than others, particularly if they have skin conditions such as eczema or contact dermatitis.
Is nappy rash serious?
Most nappy rash will clear up with appropriate care in a week or two. Severe nappy rash requires medical treatment, particularly when infection is involved.
What increases the chances of developing nappy rash?
Several factors can increase the risk of developing nappy rash, including how often nappies are changed, whether disposable or cloth nappies are used, whether the baby is unwell, and using cleansers and soaps that irritate the skin.
About this article
Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Diaper rash