Recognising a nappy rash
Baby nappy rash is a common rash that leaves a region of irritated skin in the nappy area. Common symptoms of nappy rash include:
- Skin that appears red, rough and bumpy
- Can be localised or spread over a large area
- In severe cases - Itchiness, pain and discomfort
It is assumed that as many as one-third of babies and toddlers suffer from nappy rash at some point. (Source: NHS England) It most commonly affects babies between the ages of 9 to 12 months.
What causes nappy rash?
Furthermore, poorly fitting nappies can cause or worsen a rash since rubbing against your baby’s skin will irritate it. Some babies may be more susceptible to rashes than others.
Just remember that the occasional nappy rash on your baby does not make you a bad parent!
Nappy rash treatment
To help heal your baby’s irritated skin due to nappy rash, you might apply a suitable ointment that can help soothe the irritation.
The Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment helps to heal irritated skin and is suitable for the nappy area of babies.
If the rash does not seem to be improving, you have further questions, or if it might be caused by other reasons please consult your child’s paediatrician.
Be cautious when using lotions or creams that are not specifically recommended for babies and children as they can worsen the rash even further.
What’s the difference between nappy rash and thrush?
Candida yeast, a naturally occurring yeast on the skin can find it’s way into the irritated areas, causing a fungal nappy rash infection. If the rash continues for more than 3 to 4 days then it’s possible it’s a fungal infection, rather than just nappy rash.
Does teething cause nappy rash?
To reduce the chances of this happening, try to change nappies as soon as your baby has done a poo, and keep the nappy area clean and dry.
Preventing rashes in children and babies
Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment.
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