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Rashes & dry skin

A common problem that’s easy to treat

It’s normal for babies to develop rashes early on as their skin adapts to a different environment. If your baby develops a rash and seems unwell contact your GP. Most rashes are nothing to worry about but do be aware of the signs of meningits (see meningitis section).

Nappy rash

Nappy rash is very common. It is usually caused when your baby's skin comes into contact with wee and poo that collects in their nappy. A nappy rash causes your baby's skin to become sore.

Most nappy rashes can be treated with a simple skincare routine and by using a cream you can get from the Pharmacist. With a mild nappy rash, your baby won't normally feel too much discomfort.

Dry skin

A baby’s skin is thinner and needs extra care. Dry, flaky skin, some blemishes, blotches and slight rashes are normal in newborns and will naturally clear up. If your baby is otherwise well but has a rash and you are worried about it contact your Health Visitor.

Pharmacist says

Call in and talk to us about creams we can provide you with over the counter.

There are two types of nappy cream available. One is a barrier cream to keep wee away from your baby's skin. The other is a medicated cream, that is good for clearing up any soreness but should only be used when advised by a health professional.

Health Visitor’s nappy rash tips

Health Visitor’s cradle cap tips

This is the name given to the large greasy yellow or brown scales that appear on your baby’s scalp. Sometimes they may flake and the skin may be red. It should not cause your baby any discomfort and should settle over time. It is important not to pick at the scales as this may cause infection.

If this does not settle, the redness spreads or your baby is itchy then seek medical advice.


There is a red, sore rash around the nappy area. Baby is uncomfortable and cries a lot.


Has baby been in a dirty nappy for a long time? Have you followed advice from your Health Visitor, or spoken to your Pharmacist?


Change nappy often. Speak to your Health Visitor and if you are worried see your GP.