Dad changes nappiesNappy rash is a red moist or broken area on your baby’s bottom. Most babies get nappy rash at some time during the first 18 months.

However, most often, nappy rash is caused by the irritating wetness of a dirty nappy. The rash can also develop when your baby’s skin:

  • Is not dried properly after a bath.
  • From strong soap or washing powder.
  • From baby wipes with alcohol.
  • When your baby is teething.
  • Or possibly from a thrush infection.

To treat / help prevent nappy rash

  • Don’t leave your baby in wet or dirty nappies.
  • Gently wash your baby’s bottom and ensure you pat it dry at each nappy change.
  • Leave the nappy off to expose the skin to fresh air as often as you can.
  • Use a barrier cream to protect delicate skin.

There are creams/ointments available to clear up nappy rash, so check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are unsure what to do.