All babies suffer from a red or sore bottom from time to time, however well you look after them. For the first couple of years or so of a child’s life, the area of skin around his or her bottom is constantly in contact with – and so under attack from – urine and faeces. Nappy rash can take the form of just a few spots, or a more severe rash. It can be triggered by several factors, such as diarrhoea or rawness caused by urine that’s irritating the skin inside a chafing nappy. Bacteria in the faeces can react with urine to produce ammonia – not very pleasant on tender, young skin. This type of contamination often encourages a fungus similar to the one that causes thrush.
To avoid nappy rash change your baby’s nappy frequently and clean and dry his or her bottom and skin creases thoroughly. It’s helpful to leave your baby without a nappy on as often as possible – air is a great benefit. Use a barrier cream – zinc and castor oil cream, for example, to protect the baby’s skin from constant exposure to moisture. If you use terry towelling nappies, be careful to sterilise them properly as well as ensuring that they’re well rinsed – traces of detergent can also be an irritant.
If the baby’s bottom already shows signs of a rash, specially formulated nappy rash creams can soothe it, help fight infection or prevent moisture irritating the skin. If the rash doesn’t seem to get any better after a week of this treatment, ask the advice of your doctor or health visitor.
Conotrane, Daktarin Cream or Powder, Drapolene Cream, E45 Cream, Medicaid, Mor-hulin Cod-Liver Oil Ointment, Morsep, Savlon Nappy Rash Cream, Sudocrem
Arsen. Alb., Calendula Cream