Nappy rash causes the skin found in the nppy area to get inflamed. Babies usually get the rash from prolonged contact with urine and faeces. The skin in your child’s nappy region will look red and sore.
Sometimes the rash might go up onto your child’s tummy and bottom. Some areas of skin might be raised or swollen, and there might be some ulcers. The skin folds aren’t usually involved because urine doesn’t get onto them.
Nappy rash can sometimes lead to a bacterial or fungal infection. Nappies produce a hot moist environment that traps the contents against the skin, which causes irritation and promotes infection. Your baby's bottom is very delicate. Some common chemicals that are found in fabric softeners, detergents, baby lotions, fragrances, soaps, and baby wipes can be very irritating to the skin and should be avoided. Sometimes children also have other conditions such as eczema or thrush, which might make nappy rash worse. A linear, red rash across the belly and in the skin creases can indicate an allergic reaction to chemicals in disposable nappy elastics. This is a common occurrence when you change to a different brand of nappy. If it persists or recurs, you should contact your child’s doctor.
Avoid nappy rash
Change your baby’s nappies frequently. This keeps the nappy area dry and gives your child’s skin a chance to heal.
Let your baby’s bottom ‘air’. Give your baby’s bottom air for as long as possible every day.
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