Nappy rash can occur at any time during your child’s nappy wearing stage. It can be caused by a baby’s delicate skin being in contact with the irritating chemicals in urine and faeces. This is made worse by a tight nappy which both rubs and stops the air circulating. It’s best to try to protect from the causes of nappy rash
A red rash on the skin that is in contact with the nappy e.g. bottom, genitalia and thighs, which may have scattered pimples or swellings
The skin may appear glazed and fine scaling of the skin may appear in severe cases
The rash may be painful and itchy which can mean your child appears distressed, agitated or uncomfortable
In severe cases, the skin may appear swollen and ulcerated
Please speak to your healthcare professional if you are concerned.
Care with nappy cream
Most of the nappy care products available are designed to treat infected nappy rash (30% of cases) and contain ingredients and antiseptics which are unsuitable for everyday use on a baby's delicate skin. For everyday protection, use a gentle ointment designed for baby's delicate skin such as Bepanthen.
Change your child's nappy five to seven times a day.
Make sure you’re using the right nappy size. If it’s too tight, it can cause irritation. Test the nappy with your finger: it should fit easily between the skin and the nappy cuffs.
Let air get to your baby’s bottom as often as possible. For example, let him go nappy-free during winding.
When you go out, remember to take a clean nappy with you, so your child doesn’t sit in a soiled one for too long.
Always clean your baby's bottom from front to back.
Use clean, lukewarm water when washing your baby. Soap can irritate the skin.
After cleaning, allow your baby’s bottom to dry in the open air for a few minutes.
Avoid perfumed toiletries or wipes.
Use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment at every nappy change, especially at bedtime when the nappy is on for the longest period to help protect against the causes of nappy rash. Lightly massage the ointment into the bottom to protect the skin’s natural barrier and help stop the chemicals in urine and faeces from irritating the skin.