Nappy rash is common in babies, so there is no need to worry when it first appears on your baby’s bottom. Just remember, the quicker you treat it, the happier your baby will be – soon they will be back to their cheeky, giggling selves and isn’t that what every parent wants? Read on to find out what nappy rash looks like and how exactly you should treat it.
What does nappy rash look like?
The skin around your baby’s nappy area will be red and inflamed, it may be hot to touch and if the rash persists, it could develop small blisters.
What causes nappy rash?
- Your baby’s skin being in contact with urine or faeces for a long time
- The nappy rubbing against your baby’s skin
- Not cleaning the nappy area or changing the nappy often enough
- Using certain soaps, detergents or bubble baths
- If your baby has recently been taking antibiotics
How to treat nappy rash
You can help restore your baby’s skin back to normal with the following tips:
- Change your baby’s nappy as soon as possible to prevent irritation occurring
- Use fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes when cleaning your baby
- After bathing your child, lay them on a towel for as long as possible without a nappy to expose their skin to fresh air
- Do not use bubble bath, lotions or soaps on their skin while they have a rash as this will irritate it
- If the rash is not upsetting your baby, use a barrier ointment on their skin at each nappy change
Nappy rash should usually clear up in around 3 days if you follow the hygiene and care tips set out above. If the rash does not go after 3 days, it is best to see your health visitor or doctor for advice.
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