Nappy rash is a common rash in babies that can be treated and prevented. Nappy rash usually occurs due to irritation by urine and faeces, but often it can be a number of factors that can cause the skin to irritate under the nappy. It looks like a close series of red dots that can look like ulcers and blisters. Nappy rash can be an easy rash to treat but in some cases it can require medical treatment if there is a yeast infection.
Three ways to prevent nappy rash
- Change your baby’s nappy often. Babies can sit in a wet or dirty nappy without a rash occurring. Sometimes this can be due to the brand of nappy worn. If your baby has sensitive skin, it’s best to err on the side of prevention and change it when it’s been soiled.
- Use highly absorbent nappies. Let’s be honest, not all nappies are the same when it comes to choosing different brands. From my experience, Huggies Nappies are the best, but others may have had success with a different brand. Use samples to work out which nappy absorbs the best. Also ensure your baby’s nappy isn’t on too tight as the friction between the skin and nappy can cause a nappy rash to occur. Studies have also shown that fewer nappy rashes occur in babies in disposable nappies as opposed to fabric nappies. If you do use fabric nappies, you may need to increase the changes and ensure you have spare liners as needed to cope with the changes.
- Use an ointment or barrier cream after each change to prevent nappy rash from occurring.
Five ways to treat nappy rash
- Change nappies often.
- Clean the skin with water or a non-alcohol wipe. Sensitive skin wipes are a good go to for this area.
- Expose the skin to air. Especially in summer when your baby may sweat.
- Use a barrier ointment or cream that contains zinc oxide.
- Go to a doctor for stubborn nappy rashes. In this instance, there may be a yeast infection which requires a special cream to be used in the nappy area.
For any concerns relating to nappy rash, you can always show it to your doctor or health care nurse to get advice on treatment.