Q My baby seems to have nappy rash a lot, even though I change her frequently. Are there any steps I can take to help her?
A Child health nurse Sharon Donaldson says: Nappy rash is what happens when a baby’s skin is covered by a wet or dirty nappy for too long. How long is too long varies a lot with different babies, as some have more sensitive skin than others. If your baby seems to be having frequent redness, try to change her nappy more often so that her skin is dry most of the time. Use a simple cleanser such as sorbolene and wash her bottom very gently so you don’t rub the skin. Use a barrier cream every time you change her nappy (zinc-based ones seem to be the most effective); covering the area with a barrier cream is soothing and keeps dampness away from the skin. It also helps to regularly give your bub time without her nappy to let her skin dry, and to use baby wipes sparingly, as some babies are more sensitive to them than others. Using disposable nappies seems to help a lot of babies, too. It’s also worth knowing a rash or sore red skin in the nappy area isn’t always nappy rash. A rash can be caused by eczema, allergies or infections, so if you’re not sure about a rash on your child, it’s worth having it checked out by a health professional so it can be diagnosed and treated properly.