What is nappy rash?

New baby? There are plenty of things to worry about when parenthood comes around, so the last thi

New baby? There are plenty of things to worry about when parenthood comes around, so the last thing you want to fret about is angry red nappy rash, one of the most common ailments for babies.

What is nappy rash?
What is nappy rash?

What is it?

Usually occurring in between 9 and 12 months of age, nappy rash is quite simply an irritation of the baby’s skin where it’s been in contact with a dirty nappy. A frequent cause of upset for little ones and parents, there’s nothing quite as heart-breaking as seeing your tiny baby’s soft skin irritated and raw!

How do I know if my baby has a nappy rash or something else?

Is the skin on your baby’s bottom red and irritated?
Is the bottom, genital and outer thigh skin affected?
Does the skin around his or her bottom look red, bumpy or even spotty?
If yes, this may be a sign that your baby has nappy rash.

Why does my baby have nappy rash?

Whether you use disposable or reusable nappies, babies are subject to nappy rash when their skin has been in contact or exposed to the contents of the nappy for too long.

With delicate sensitive new skin, babies are particularly prone to irritation, especially around the ‘seat area’, however absorbent a nappy might be. Leaving a baby in a dirty nappy increases the chance of nappy rash.

Babies with diarrhoea are more likely to suffer nappy rash due to excess moisture and wider contact area.

Is nappy rash dangerous?

Skin expert Dr Carla Stanton says: "Left untreated, a nappy rash can lead to a overgrowth of other bugs on the skin such as fungal infections like thrush. In some cases, this can be more likely if your baby is on antibiotics due to a bacterial infection." An infection may also lead to a fever and then to infected pustules.

How can I treat it?

Specifically formulated for use on a wide range of common skin irritations, the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is ideal as an every day nappy change balm to prevent and soothe nappy rash when it first occurs.