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What is nappy rash?
Anything from a slight redness to severely inflamed skin with sores or pustules can be diagnosed as nappy rash. It may last for a day and usually clears within ten days.
What causes it?
Nappy rash occurs when a nappy has been left on for too long, so that the urine and faeces begin to break down releasing ammonia which irritates the skin. But some babies will suffer regardless of frequent changes.
Nappy rash is also common in babies who have very frequent stools. It is also more common in bottlefed than breastfed babies and during weaning on to solids. Acute nappy rash sometimes develops in babies who are teething or when they have an infection, such as a cold. Persistent nappy rash may be caused by thrush and by antibiotics.
How can I tell if my child has nappy rash?
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How can it be treated?
To prevent nappy rash