Intended for healthcare professionals

When nappy rash is more than just a sore subject

Nappy rash is extremely common; virtually every baby will experience this unsightly, sore skin eruption at least once. The skin of a baby is delicate and, when exposed to the corrosive compounds found in urine and stool, even for a brief period, it can become inflamed and break down. Most babies with nappy rash never present to a GP, but occasionally the rash does not clear with conventional over the counter remedies. At this point, it is important for the GP to consider a differential diagnosis to account for other ailments beyond just simple nappy rash.
Dermatology in practice 2015; 21(3): 54–57
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