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Good skincare is essential in both treating and preventing nappy rash. Following these simple steps will help1:

  • Lie your baby on a towel and leave your baby’s nappy off when you can, to let fresh air get to the skin.
  • Change wet or soiled nappies as soon as possible.
  • Clean the nappy area thoroughly using plain water or alcohol and fragrance free wipes.
  • Gently pat rather than rub your baby’s bottom dry and avoid vigorous rubbing.
  • Use a suitable barrier ointment at each nappy change.

1. Morris H, Getting to the bottom of nappy rash, Community Practitioner, November 2012, Volume 85, Number 11