Nappy rash is very common and can affect lots of babies. It is usually caused when your baby's skin comes into contact with wetness that collects in their nappy.
A nappy rash causes your baby's skin to become sore. The skin in this area may be covered in red spots or blotches. You should change their nappy more often.
Most nappy rashes can be treated with a simple skincare routine and by using a cream you can get from the pharmacist. With a mild nappy rash, your baby won't normally feel too much discomfort.
Talk to your pharmacist about creams that you can buy over the counter. There are two types of nappy cream available. One is a barrier cream to keep wetness away from your baby's skin. The other is a medicated cream, that is good for clearing up any soreness but should only be used when advised by a health professional.
Health visitor's cradle cap tips
This is the name given to the greasy yellow-brown scales and crusting affecting the scalp in newborn babies.
Do not pick the scales as this may increase the risk of infection. It is not a serious condition and is not contagious. It is not usually itchy and will usually clear up within a few months.
Soften the scales with natural oil such as coconut oil (not olive oil) overnight. After softening the scales use a soft brush or cloth and gently remove any loose scales and wash the hair with a baby shampoo. If any hair comes out with the scales it will grow back.
Gently wash the baby’s hair and scalp with a baby shampoo. Use a soft brush or cloth to loosen and remove the loose skin flakes.
Talk to your health visitor if the rash spreads or there is any infection or oozing.
Source: NICE CKS 2013
There is a red, sore rash around the nappy area. Baby is uncomfortable and cries a lot.
Has baby been in a dirty nappy for a long time? Have you followed advice from your health visitor, or spoken to your pharmacist?
Change nappies often. Speak to your health visitor and if you are still worried, your GP.