Nappy rash can occur in most babies at some time but more commonly within the first 18 months.
It is generally caused by:
- Certain soaps and baby wipes
- Rubbing and chaffing
- Try to change wet and soiled nappies as soon as they are soiled.
- Aim to change nappies 10-12 times a day in young babies
- Aim to change six-eight times in older babies
- Allow baby to lie on a towel with nappy off for short intervals, to allow the skin to dry and heal.
- Apply a good barrier cream
- Use water and cotton wool rather than baby wipes to clean nappy area
- If the rash appears bright red, prolonged or with white or red pimples present, seek medical advice as this may be due to nappy thrush.