Nappy rash

Nappy rash

Nappy rash is an irritation of the skin on the bottom and or the folds of the groin.
  • The skin is red, inflamed, and sometime weeping.
  • The causes include; friction from nappies, prolonged contact with urine and faeces within the nappy and an infection caused by a fungus - candida albicans.

How to prevent nappy rash

  • Change their nappies frequently i.e every 2 to 3 hours during the first month of life. This avoids your baby's skin coming into contact and reacting to the urine and stool.
  • Have periods of the day when you keep your baby's bottom uncovered allowing the air to get to the skin.
  • Use water only to clean the bottom as soaps and lotions can irritate the skin
  • Dry the baby's bottom before putting nappies on.
  • Use barrier cream and ointments - but do not apply too thickly as it can prevent the nappy from absorbing the urine and faeces.
  • See your GP if symptoms are getting worse or the skin is angry and wepping.

Avoid talcum powder as it can irritate the skin.

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