Nappy rash is a reaction on your baby’s skin to wet or dirty nappies. It happens to most babies and is usually quite mild, but some babies might get it worse than others.1
Babies have sensitive skin, so it is important to keep it clean and dry as much as possible.
If your baby has nappy rash, they will have red patches on their skin around the nappy area. These may feel spotty, look sore, or might be hot to touch.2
Other symptoms of nappy rash include:
Nappy rash occurs when your baby’s skin reacts to being in contact with wet or dirty nappies. Babies have sensitive skin, and the skin barrier can be damaged from friction and long periods of dampness.1
Babies are more likely to get nappy rash if:
Usually, nappy rash is mild and can be treated at home.
If your baby has nappy rash you can try:
You should avoid the use of certain antibiotics that can cause skin irritation.3
If your baby’s rash doesn’t go away on its own, you should talk to your GP. They will be able to prescribe treatment to help sooth pain or irritation on your baby’s skin.2
You can also speak to your local pharmacist about treatments for nappy rash.
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- Nappy Rash: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment. Published May 16, 2023. Accessed August 10, 2023. https://patient.info/childrens-health/nappy-rash-leaflet
- Nappy rash. nhs.uk. Published December 7, 2020. Accessed August 9, 2023. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/caring-for-a-newborn/nappy-rash/
- Nappy rash | Health topics A to Z | CKS | NICE. Accessed August 9, 2023. https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/nappy-rash/
Published: September 2023
Next review: September 2026
Reviewer: Mital Thakrar