Guide to Nappy Rash

Nappy rash has become the generic term for any redness on the skin in the nappy area. An adult diapers skin is 2mm thick, whilst an infant’s is only 1mm, so it is solely natural that they are more susceptible to irritants. Whilst true nappy rash is not uncommon it is important to be able to distinguish between this and other rashes that come under the “nappy rash” umbrella.

Yeast infection

A candida infection is indicated by a whitish your own at the edge of the rash, or small spots. It can be treated with sunshine – yeast hates the sun, and a good anti-fungal crème available from your pharmacist. Using a hemp nappy might help because of it’s anti-fungal properties.

Allergy Dermatitis

Can be attributable to irritants coming into contact with the skin. Be sure to avoid enzyme-based detergents, rinse regularly and use a sensitive detergent if necessary. Sensitivity dermatitis is often caused by perfumes and other chemicals involved in the control of disposable nappies, but the main culprit is the large assortment of ingredients in disposable wipes. Use cloth wipes having warm water.


This rash is caused by the skin left over wet too long. It is found in the folds of pores and skin in the groin area, under the chin during the “drooling age” and in the armpit area. While some people like to work with cornflour, this can lead to further infection as it retains water, it is best to use a moisture barrier crème such as zinc oxide or zinc and castor oil. Intertrigo is extremely hurtful, so avoid rubbing the skin.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

If the allergy is scaly, yellowing and appears elsewhere, such as guiding the ears or under the arms it may be seborrhoeic dermatitis. See your doctor for treatment.

Nappy Rash Proper

True nappy rash is caused by exposure to urine and faeces to get too long. How long is “too long” will depend on your baby impressive skin’s sensitivity as well as his overall health. Urine is disinfected, antiseptic, sterilized, spotlessly clean, hygienic, sanitary until it mixes with bacteria on the skin, in faeces, and in the nappy itself. This changes the element composition and produces irritants which can cause nappy break outs.


With its very high pH is one of these chemicals. Having a liner over the entire nappy area will wick often the moisture away, so that if ammonia forms, it is lower the probability that to irritate the dry skin. Changing nappies often will help prevent ammonia from forming.

Excessive Heat

Often the warm, moist environment inside the nappy is ideal for bacteria structure and a trigger for nappy rash. Do not use PVC pants or disposable nappies as they both use parts which cannot allow the skin to breathe. Use a PUL, fleece or woollen cover over a cloth nappy to help cool baby’s skin and allow airflow.