What Does a Nappy Rash Look Like?
When your baby gets nappy rash, his bottom appears red and sore. It may, sometimes, also have some spots. You may see these features around your baby’s genitals, his bottom, or the inside of his thighs.
When Does It Happen?
Nappy rash is common and can occur at any time no matter how you care for your baby’s bottom. However, some babies may experience the issues more frequently.
Causes of Nappy Rash
There are many factors that can cause nappy rash in your baby. They include:
- Wearing a dirty or wet nappy for a long time – Prolonged dampness and ammonia from your baby’s wee is likely to irritate the skin.
- Wearing plastic pants – They often leave some moisture on your baby’s skin.
- Sensitive skin – A baby with a sensitive skin may develop nappy rash even when you change their nappies frequently.
- Diarrhea – Faecal enzymes tend to be more active in runny poo, making it easier to irritate your baby’s skin.
- Fungal infections – Thrush may cause nappy rash, especially when your baby is taking antibiotics.
- Allergic reactions – Your baby could be allergic to products that get in contact with her bottom.
preventing Nappy Rash
- Keep your baby’s nappy area clean and dry. Learn how to clean and change your baby’s nappy
- Ensure you change his or her nappies frequently.
- Use protective creams specially formulated for diaper rash
- Give your baby more nappy-free time
- Avoid using disposable wipes as they may be irritating
- Rinse reusable nappies well after washing
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Possible Complications Associated with Nappy Rash
It may take a few weeks before your baby’s skin repairs itself. Before that, your baby’s skin is more vulnerable to complications such as thrush. This infection needs to be treated with an antifungal cream.
When to Be Concerned
If your baby’s nappy rash is persistent or is spreading, see your doctor. Your baby may be given a cream that can control the persistence. Note that your doctor may discourage the use of a barrier cream if the nappy rash, especially if it’s caused by thrush.
Please note that development differs from one child to another.
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Last reviewed March 2019