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Nappy Rash

Nappy rash is a reddening of the skin around a child’s nappy area. Their skin will look sore, and your baby may show discomfort when you wipe them.

It can sometimes take a bit of working out what is making your baby’s bottom sore. Some common causes are;

• The nappy not fitting and rubbing their skin.
• Using a soap, bubble bath, wipe or washing powder that doesn’t suit your baby
• Recent use of antibiotics
• Skin being in contact with wee or poo for too long, or not being thoroughly wiped.

  • Mostly you will be able to treat nappy rash fairly easily and it will get better quickly.

    • Check their nappy often. So your child doesn’t have wee or poo left on their skin for long.
    • Clean the nappy area thoroughly using warm water and cotton wool, or alcohol-free (and fragrance-free) wipes.
    • Use a barrier cream to stop the wee/poo having contact with your child’s skin. Make sure the nappy fits well
    • Bath them daily in plain, warm water. Pat the nappy area dry.
    • Lay your baby on a towel, without a nappy. Let air get to their nappy area.

    If your baby is miserable with it they may need extra cuddles!

    If you cannot find the cause, or it is getting worse your Health Visitor or Pharmacist can advise you (find your local pharmacist *here*). They will suggest a cream you could try.

    Sometimes it can be caused by an infection like thrush and may need to be assessed by a Doctor for treatment.

Who Can Help?

For support or advice young people, families and professionals can contact:

Just One Number for Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services Tel: 0300 300 0123 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm.

Parents can use Parentline Text messaging service: 07520 631590

Young people aged 11-19 can text Chat Health on 07480635060

Other parents who are going through or have been through this before can be a big help to you, friends or family, or you could join our online forum to speak to Norfolk Parents, click *here* to find out more.

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