How to manage your little ones nappy rash

Nappy rash begins with a mild inflammation around the nappy area. The affected area can also become sore, hot to the touch and spotty in appearance.

How to treat nappy rash

You can treat nappy rash by using a barrier ointment and by keeping the nappy area clean and dry.

  • cleanse the affected area with a soap-free wash.

  • Pat or air dry the skin

  • Sprinkle a layer of Caldesene at every change before putting on a fresh nappy (or as directed by your pharmacist or physician). Caldesene Medicated Powder can prevent nappy rash in several different ways. It’s specially formulated to create a barrier against wetness on your baby’s skin. Being medicated, it attacks harmful bacteria and helps to prevent rashes.

The rash should clear up after three to four days and it’s unlikely to bother your baby too much.  If after three to four days you don’t see any improvement you should consult a paediatrician. The best way to treat your baby’s nappy rash is to keep your baby clean and dry by frequent nappy changing.  Always try to change their nappy as soon as possible after they have wet or soiled it.


Parents have trusted Caldesene, the leading nappy rash product in Irish Pharmacies, to protect their babies’ delicate skin from the causes of nappy rash for over 45 years. 

How to prevent nappy rash

Thorough but gentle cleansing:

Clean your baby's nappy area thoroughly using a gentle cleanser. Use a mild and alcohol free baby wipe to gently clean the area and follow with warm water. Use a clean towel to pat the skin dry, rubbing can cause irritation. Always check your baby's skin is clean and dry before putting on a new nappy. You should always wash your hands before and after a nappy change to prevent the spread of bacteria and don't use talcum powder as it doesn't protect against nappy rash and can actually irritate baby's delicate skin.

Get some air time:

Leave the nappy off as much as possible allowing your baby’s skin to breathe. Also, make sure to keep the nappy loose as a tight nappy limits air flow and creates a moist environment which causes the development of nappy rash.

Dry bottoms equal no more tears:

Change the nappy as regularly as possible to prevent the skin having direct contact with urine and faeces whilst ensuring that you thoroughly dry your baby’s bottom by patting (not rubbing) it with a towel after washing.

Weaning and teething:

Take particular care to use a nappy cream or Caldesene Medicated Powder that can protect your baby from nappy rash at certain times- such as when your baby is teething or weaning, both of which can cause babies to develop painful nappy rash.

Try a different nappy:

You can also switch to a super absorbent nappy to restrict the amount of moisture that comes in contact with your baby’s skin.






Caldesene – Tender Care at Every Change

Caldesene Powder contains Calcium Undecylenate 10% w/w. For topical use only. Cleanse and dry the affected area, sprinkle on Caldesene after each nappy change or as directed by a doctor. Always read the label. For more information on the range visit