Children can sometimes develop a rash or sore spots on their bottoms if they wear a nappy. This is called a nappy rash. Your child's skin will be irritated by urine and faeces. This can also result in sore patches on the buttocks. A nappy rash is harmless, but it can be very painful. It’s therefore perfectly normal for your child to cry if he or she is very bothered by the nappy rash.
Your child may suffer from the following symptoms in case of a nappy rash:
- A rash on the buttocks.
- Irritated skin around the buttocks.
- Sore red spots on the buttocks.
- Sore patches and/or wounds on the buttocks.
Despite the fact it can’t do any harm, it’s important for you to regularly change your child’s nappy. This will prevent the rash from getting worse and your child from developing large sore patches on the buttocks. We also recommend you:
- Clean your child’s buttocks with lukewarm water.
- Lubricate your child’s buttocks with zinc ointment or zinc oil with every nappy change. Both products are available from the chemist or pharmacy.
- Make sure your child spends some time without a nappy on. This will air the buttocks.
- Rinse cotton nappies with warm water and a splash of vinegar. You need to do this after you’ve washed the nappies. One tablespoon of vinegar per litre is sufficient. Vinegar ensures the nappies are given an extra clean. It removes all soap residues.
We don’t recommend:
- Using soap when changing your child’s nappy.
- Using scented baby wipes.
This can actually irritate your child’s skin more.
You will generally not need to take your child to your GP with a nappy rash. The rash, sore spots and wounds will go away on their own with good care and hygiene. You can call your GP if:
- The nappy rash, sore spots and/or wounds get worse.
- Your child is in a lot of pain and is inconsolable.
You can also ask your GP for a different ointment or cream if the one from the chemist or pharmacy hasn’t helped.