causes of nappy rash

Causes of Nappy Rash and How to Treat It

causes of nappy rash

This is very painful for the baby and can develop into a serious condition quickly. The most common kind of nappy rash is ammonia dermatitis, when a strong smell of ammonia is present. Seborrhoeic dermatitis often starts in the nappy area, making the skin red, shiny and sore.

Causes of nappy rash:

• Dirty nappies may have been left on too long.

• There may be a strong ammonia content in the baby’s urine.

• Strong detergents may have been used to wash the nappies, and they may have been insufficiently rinsed.

• The baby may be allergic to fabric softener and to some soaps, powders or creams.

• The baby’s skin may be sensitive to waterproof pants, or the elastic round the legs and waist may chafe and cause a rash.


• Cleanse and dry the baby thoroughly after removing the dirty nappy.

• Change the baby’s nappies more frequently.

• Leave off plastic pants. Let the baby lie on a towel without his nappy whenever possible.

• Check that nappies are being washed and sterilised properly. Use vinegar in the rinsing water if the rash is ammonia dermatitis.

• Zinc and castor oil cream will relieve minor soreness, but if the condition persists a doctor should be consulted, and will probably prescribe a Nystatin (antibiotic) ointment.

Diapers and Diaper rash

There exists data to suggest that contemporary, highly absorbent disposable diapers might help stop Diaper rash since urine is very effectively soaked up by the Diaper, therefore keeping skin dry. If you are using reusable diapers you must ensure these are correctly washed and rinsed, as traces of ammonia or cleaning agent might be left behind which may result in Diaper rash. Utilizing a Diaper sanitiser such as Napisan or Bambino Mio’s ‘Diaper Fresh’ whenever you soak the diapers ought to lessen the probability of this. As an alternative to regular sanitising treatments, you can also add to the Diaper bucket 5 drops of tea tree oil (an organic antiseptic and anti-bacterial), or 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate or 2-3 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar. Whichever kind of Diaper you use and however you take care of your baby’s bottom, an important method to aid the prevention of Diaper rash would be to change the Diaper frequently.