How to spot nappy rash

Nappy rash can be quickly detected by checking for these symptoms:

  • A slight redness in the nappy area (this doesn’t usually affect the skin folds)
  • Your baby’s bottom and upper thighs become red and moist
  • Skin becomes sore, spotty and hot to touch
  • Patches of dry, flaky skin may also develop
  • In more severe cases, blisters and pus-filled spots may appear*


Nappy rash can be soothed, healed and prevented by using a product from the Sudocrem nappy rash range at every change.


Types of nappy rash


Normal nappy rash

The most common type of nappy rash is when the skin looks red and sore, and can almost appear shiny. This is usually caused when the baby’s bottom is in contact with a dirty nappy for a long period of time, or if the baby has a bout of diarrhoea, as it is often the combination of wee and poo that causes the irritation. Mild nappy rash should disappear after a few days if you follow the right steps to treat it and can sometimes clear up overnight.


Fungal nappy rash

Different types of nappy rash require different treatments. A fungal nappy rash is a form of thrush and needs to be treated using an anti-fungal cream, available on prescription from your GP. This should be applied thinly to the affected area. The fungal rash shows as tiny red spots and the genitals can appear slightly swollen. This kind of rash sometimes happens if your baby is on antibiotics. If the nappy rash is fungal it is important that you avoid your usual barrier cream as this can make the condition worse. If you are unsure, ask your GP or health visitor for advice.


Bacterial nappy rash

Bacterial nappy rash can be identified by the appearance of infected spots or pimples and your baby is also more likely to have a fever. A bacterial infection can develop from normal nappy rash when the skin is broken and an infection develops because of bacteria entering the broken skin. This type of nappy rash may need antibiotics so it’s best to see your GP for advice, treatment and monitoring as soon as possible.