NHS

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.

Dry skin

A baby’s skin is thinner and needs extra care. Dry, flaky skin, some blemishes, blotches and slight rashes are normal in newborns and will naturally clear up. If your baby is otherwise well but has a rash and you are worried about it contact your Health Visitor.

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 nappy rash tips

Health Visitor’s cradle cap tips

This is the name given to the yellowish, greasy scaly patches on the scalp of newborns and usually appears in the first 3 months. It can look like a bad case of dandruff and clears up over time without causing your baby discomfort.
Wash scalp gently every day using luke warm water.

Use a small amount of natural oil (like vegetable oil) on the scalp and leave on for 15 minutes before washing off with luke warm water.

It is important not to pick at the scales as this may cause infection.

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

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Has baby been in a dirty nappy for a long time?

Have you followed advice from your Health Visitor, or spoken to your Pharmacist?

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Change nappy often. Speak to your Health Visitor and if you are worried see your GP.

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