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Nappy rash

Posted Sep 30 2008 11:12am

 

Nappy rash is caused by a baby’s bottom being in prolonged contact with their urine which contains ammonia or the bacteria from their stools.Many babies will suffer from nappy rash at some stage whilst wearing nappies. 

Signs to look for are; 

  • Red, sore looking skin

  • Red spots

  • Blisters

  • Feeling hot to the touch

There are a few things you can do to avoid nappy rash 

  • Keep your baby clean and dry with frequent nappy changes

  • Try to let their bottom get plenty of fresh air, leave their nappy off for a while when you are at home. Remember to put a towel down to absorb any spillages!

  • Always clean your baby’s bottom from front to back to avoid transferring bacteria from the bottom.

  • Use fragrant free wipes, or even cotton wool and warm water.

Nappy rash can occur if your baby has an upset tummy or can even be down to a change of diet. Changing from breast milk to formula can sometimes leave them with a nappy rash or it can be caused by something as simple as using wipes that contain alcohol. 

To treat nappy rash apply a nappy rash cream and give the bottom plenty of fresh air to aid healing. If it does not get better see your health visitor or doctor.

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