Conditions

Nappy Rash

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No prizes for guessing what nappy rash is: it’s the raw, red, inflamed or spotty condition that baby’s suffer across the nappy area, and it’s a result of irritation caused by your baby’s urine as it breaks down into ammonia, thereby burning the skin. Nappy rash is very common. Most babies suffer from it for a time. Fortunately, if dealt with quickly it doesn’t usually cause them too much discomfort and it’s very easily prevented.

If your baby has nappy rash, leave the nappy off for as long as possible in order to let air circulate round the infected region. Use only water, not soapy water, to wash the area. Non-alcoholic wet-wipes are also fine. Make sure your baby’s bottom is patted completely dry before putting on a new nappy, and always change nappies as soon as they are soiled. Plastic pants can also exacerbate nappy rash, as they keep the infected area warm and moist – the perfect conditions for generating nappy rash!

If nappy rash is left untreated there’s a danger that a yeast infection called Candida can spread, giving babies a darker, red rash around the nappy area, sometimes called nappy thrush. (Candida is the same yeast which gives rise to thrush in women.) In boys, the same infection can also lead to an inflammation of the tip of the penis called balanitis. If this happens and a baby boy appears to be in pain when urinating, or if the foreskin seems tight, he’ll need to be treated by a doctor, as balanitis may eventually cause a narrowing of the urethra in the penis, through which urine passes. Washing the penis with saline solution and then following a course of antiobiotics should be sufficient to see balanitis off.

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Someone help my 1 year old daughter is in so much pain she has red raw bits sudocrem is not working and bapanthan so now trying thrush cream does anyone else know anything else that works hate hearing her scream everytine I change her





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Try mixing mustard oil in any fragrance free talcum powder to form a cream, apply with each nappy change. It works wonders for severe nappy rash. Remedy passed from many generation.





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my 6 year old daughter seems to be getting a few spots on her face. Raised red lumps rather than puss filled spots. Just one or two here and there. On her cheek below the eye and at the side of her mouth or on the nose. They come and go within a day or two. They dont seem to bother her at all. But they keep coming. Is it acne? is it eczema? is it a bite? or an allergic reaction due to food intolerane? Can anyone help me?





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How old is she? If she is under six months and not showing any signs of distress or any other symptoms such as a fever or fussiness for no reason then it's probably baby acne but take her to a gp or walk in centre to rule out something more serious

im 13 and i get white discharge around my vagina and little white spots it gets itchy sometimes i would just like to know what it is ??





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Hi my daughter is the same and has had it diagnosed at Lichen Sclerosis go and see your doctor, i know it is scary but they can help. Hope you get it sorted.

My 8 year old daughter A gets burning red skin around the vagina sometimes after having a wee, we use nappy rash cream and this seems to calm it down but why is this happening, could it be something in the diet or too many acidic drinks? When it happens it is very painful for her and keeps reoccuring probably once every 2 weeks. J





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hi my 1 year old son has has awful sores and open wounds on his bottom its been going on for the past 4 months now its got that bad that he has a hold in his right bum cheek a good 6-7 layers of skin have come away. its bleeds everytime i change him. ive tried everything, u name it ive tried it ointment/cream/ everything. ive taken him to our family gp and our local hospital countless amounts of times and everything they have gave me or told me to do hasnt worked. hes in constant pain. i hope you can help.





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calamine lotion and stoma powder mix a little of each together right before the change.its probably a food allergy

hiya im 14 and for some reason i have nappy rash on my bottom... i do a lot of walking (mostly over 20miles a day) and thats when it started. I need to get help since i am embarrised to even go out into public areas and to even see my friends. Sometimes it does get a bit scrachy but not too much Please help xx





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am having the same problem with my 1 year old is has got that bad she is struggling to walk and sit down she only wears a nappy at night time so u can imagine the mess during the day lol have tried all the creams but nothing works she also poos quite alot too and it is quite runny all the time cannot remember the last time she was solid





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my 4 year old daughter has reacurring thrush the dr has now said she has estrogen deficienty and said it was quite normal in little girls what is this and how can i help?





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its not a life or death situash but i would suggest some special cream from you docter my 11 year old had it but arround her virginia when she started puberty cuarsing discufort ,icheyness , and pain so it could be worse but the cream realy dose work

My daughter is 6 months old, and has TERBBILE nappy rash, It bleeds all the time, but she also Has atleast 5 Soiled nappies everyday, I have taken her to the Doctors, And she has been Referd but nothing is happning! I really need help and advice on what to do, I Think the fact that she is pooing SO much is making the nappy rash worse, I only use warm water and cotten woll to clean her at nappy time anyway, and i have yoused Sudocrem,and every single over the countor cream i could buy, And all of the perscribed creams, They even prescried the thrush cream canaston Duo, And nothing has worked. She cries in so much pain each time i do her nappy, And the bleeding is horrible, it happens each time. I just want a answer to the ammount of soiled nappies, and the rash!





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i had the same problem with my 2yr old have u tried metatanium that worked brilliantly for mine.


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