Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
14 Sep 2020
4:30 am

Nappy rash: an irritating itch

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Try to give your baby as much nappy-free time as possible, so that his/her skin has a chance to stay dry and start healing.


Nappy rash is a common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis) that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom. It is often related to wet or infrequently changed nappies, skin sensitivity, and chafing. It usually affects babies, though anyone who wears a nappy regularly can develop the condition. As annoying and irritating as it is, it usually clears up with simple at-home treatments, such as air drying, more frequent nappy changes and ointment. Sometimes, you’ll need a prescription medication to treat the rash. As a parent you can worry if the rash is severe or unusual,...