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The most common cause of nappy rash (sometimes called diaper dermatitis) in babies is irritation. Constant moisture and rubbing can cause damage to the skin. This is further irritated by bacteria, yeasts (e.g. candida or thrush), detergents, urine (wee) and faeces (poo).
Nappy rash is made worse by:
Most children grow out of nappy rash when they are toilet trained.
Many different rashes can occur in the nappy area and they may not all be due to nappies. Some conditions, such as eczema or a skin infection, can be found on any area of the body. They will not respond to the treatment used for nappy rash. If the rash is not improving, see your local doctor, paediatrician or dermatologist.
Developed by RCH Dept Dermatology, Pharmacy, Clinical Practice Guidelines Group. First published 2004. Updated November 2010.