Nappy Rash

What is Nappy Rash?

Nappy Rash is the inflammation of the skin around the nappy area.

What are the Symptoms of Nappy Rash?

A burn-like red rash over the nappy area. If this is not treated, the rash can become infected and thrush sets in the rash will become shiny and bright red with patches. In boys, an inflamed penis. Almost all babies develop a nappy rash at some time and it is rarely serious. Most cases do not last long and can be treated easily enough. Your baby can get nappy rash whether you use disposable or cloth diapers; it is moisture which is the problem, not the nappy itself. Keeping your child clean and changing a nappy soon after it is soiled is the key to avoiding this problem.

What are the Causes of Nappy Rash?

This problem can be caused by: Nappies left on too long. If cloth nappies are not washed properly and the bacteria are left in there. Inadequate drying of the baby’s skin after a bath. Allergic reaction to lotions or soaps. Chemicals in the laundry detergent. Thrush, a type of yeast infection

Traditional Medical Treatments for Nappy Rash

Most Nappy rashes respond well to home treatments and require no medical care. If your baby’s rash fails to improve after three or four days, see your doctor. For an ordinary rash, the doctor may recommend an over-the-counter ointment containing zinc oxide to protect the skin. If there is a bacterial infection present, see your doctor.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Nappy Rash

Aromatherapy: Mix 2 drops each of essential oils of sandalwood, peppermint, and lavender in 4 tbsp of a carrier lotion or oil such as sweet almond oil; gently apply the lotion to the reddened area of skin. Do not use on babies younger than 2 weeks. Herbal Therapies: Calendula cream may relieve Nappy Rash.