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.
Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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The symptoms of nappy rash include red, inflamed skin in the area covered by the nappy. Babies may be unsettled or irritable, particularly when skin is wiped or comes into contact with urine.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Some babies are more prone to nappy rash than others, particularly if they have skin conditions such as eczema or contact dermatitis.
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.
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.