What is Nappy Rash?
- Nappy rash can include a variety of skin conditions that appear on the skin that is covered by a nappy.
- The discomfort level can range from mild to severe.
How to Recognize Nappy Rash?
- Nappy rash appears as inflamed, red, and blotchy skin in the area of the skin covered by a nappy.
- The skin may be blistering and occasionally ulcers appear.
- Rash may sometimes spread to tummy and bottom.
- Rash is sore, can hurt when baby passes urine, and can lead to an unsettled and unhappy baby.
What Causes Nappy Rash?
- Nappy rash occurs when a baby’s skin is exposed to wet or dirty nappy. The rash is caused by a combination of heat, dampness and friction in a nappy.
- Nappy rash can be triggered by medications, new foods and chemical irritants such as unnatural baby lotions, detergents and nappy soaking solutions.
- Babies who suffer from eczema or cradle cap, and babies who have family members with dermatitis are prone to nappy rash.
Prevention and Treatment for Nappy Rash
- Frequent nappy changes can prevent nappy rash.
- Let baby have some nappy free time each day (lie them on a soft towel).
- Avoid using chemical based products.
- Switch to cloth nappy for the duration of the rash, and ensure cotton nappy are thoroughly washed to remove all traces of detergents and chemicals.
- Use the Little Innoscents Intensive Soothing Cream, specifically designed to heal, treat and prevent nappy rash.
- See your health care professional if the rash persists for more than a week as there may be an underlying skin condition such as thrush, dermatitis or psoriasis.