Nappy rash

Nappy rash is common in babies and can usually be treated at home.

Check if your baby has nappy rash

Symptoms of nappy rash can include:

Nappy rash on a baby with white skin. The skin around the bottom is red and blotchy.

Things you can do to help with nappy rash

Nappy rash can be treated and prevented by following some simple advice.


  • change wet or dirty nappies as soon as possible

  • keep the skin clean and dry – pat or rub the skin gently to dry it

  • leave nappies off when possible

  • use extra absorbent nappies

  • make sure your baby's nappies fit properly

  • clean your baby's skin with water or fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes

  • bath your baby daily (but not more than twice a day, as washing too much can make the skin dry out)


  • do not use soaps, baby lotion or bubble bath as they can irritate the skin

  • do not use talcum powder or antiseptics on nappy rash

  • do not put nappies on too tightly as it can irritate the skin

A pharmacist can help with nappy rash

If the rash is causing your baby discomfort, a pharmacist can recommend a nappy rash cream or medicine to treat it at home.

They may suggest using a thin layer of a barrier cream to protect the skin or giving your baby child's paracetamol for pain relief (only suitable for babies over 2 months old).

Non-urgent advice: See a health visitor or GP if:

  • your baby's nappy rash does not go away, gets worse or spreads to other areas
  • your baby has a high temperature
  • your baby seems very uncomfortable

Treatment for nappy rash

A GP may prescribe treatment if your baby is in a lot of discomfort or they think your baby might have an infection.

They may prescribe:

Causes of nappy rash

It's normal for babies to sometimes get nappy rash.

It can be caused by:

Page last reviewed: 1 January 2023
Next review due: 1 January 2026