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Nappy rash

A common problem that’s easy to treat

Nappy rash is very common and can affect lots of babies. It is usually caused when your baby's skin comes into contact with wee and poo that collects in their nappy.

A nappy rash causes your baby's skin to become sore. The skin in this area may be covered in red spots or blotches. You might need to change their nappy more often.

Most nappy rashes can be treated with a simple skincare routine and by using a cream you can get from the pharmacist. With a mild nappy rash, your baby won't normally feel too much discomfort. You may want to stop using baby wipes until the nappy rash has cleared to keep the area dry.

However, some nappy rashes are more serious and can be caused by something else. A bad rash will be more upsetting for your baby, and may need medical treatment. Talk to your health visitor if the problems continue.

Pharmacist says

Call in and talk to us about creams we can provide you with over the counter.

There are two types of nappy cream available. One is a barrier cream to keep wee away from your baby's skin. The other is a medicated cream that is good for clearing up any soreness but should only be used when advised by a health professional.

Health visitor’s tips

Stop

There is a red, sore rash around the nappy area. Baby is uncomfortable and cries a lot.

Think

Has your baby been in a dirty nappy for a long period of time?

Do

Change their nappy often. Speak to your health visitor and ask your chemist about creams.

The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are still worried, contact a chemist or your health visitor.