Diaper rash (also known as nappy rash occurs when your baby’s skin comes into contact with urine and faeces usually for prolonged periods of time. Primarily through the breaking of herpes blisters, but it can also be spread if your blood touches a scrape or raw skin of another. The skin is slightly rough, red and scaly, and the skin folds in the groin and thigh are not usually affected. Some individuals have one break out and never ever have it once again. Pharmacist explains efficacy and risk of the product, and provides general non-drug symptom management suggestions. Late babies often have dry, peeling skin. Babies that wear disposable diapers are prone to developing diaper rash since soiled diapers tend to come in contact to the skin for a long period of time.
Sometimes bacteria can infect skin damaged by simple nappy rash. Prescription treatments Mild topical steroid such as hydrocortisone cream, applied to inflamed skin once or twice daily for 1–2 weeks Topical antifungal cream once or twice a day if suspicious of Candida albicans infection. Use diaper cream containing zinc oxide. rash extends beyond the nappy area; rash has pus and is weeping, or there are little vesicles (small blisters containing clear fluid); redness is particularly severe; baby seems significantly distressed; nappy rash has not responded to previous treatment or has spread; or thrush infection is in other places, such as the mouth or mother’s nipples. The area is damp and wet and this leads to breakdown of the skin barriers and commonly within 48-72 hours after irritation the infection occurs. changing the nappies frequently; having nappy-free times so that the skin is exposed to air; rinsing cloth nappies extensively; avoiding commercial baby wipes and using a ‘pH neutral’ soap or cleanser — normal soaps are alkaline and may irritate the area; using an emollient / barrier cream, such as a cream containing zinc oxide or dimethicone, at each nappy change; using highly-absorbent disposable nappies at night; avoiding tight-fitting, plastic over-pants; and checking that your child is not allergic to lanolin or silicone.