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


Nappy rash can be soothed and protected 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.

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, talk to your health professional.