Nappy rash is very common in babies and in most cases, it will clear up quickly with the right kind of skincare. A baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, so you need to be able to, first of all, identify nappy rash.
Your baby will normally communicate to you through crying, so this is a sure sign something is wrong. Look for:
- Redness or spots around the genitals, thighs and bottom.
- Your baby will show signs of discomfort and will be unable to sleep through.
- The rash may be hot to the touch.
Prevention is the best form of treatment. Using a barrier cream will help keep your baby’s skin soft and healthy, but if a rash appears, some basic hygiene measures should work.
- Change the nappy as soon as it is soiled.
- Leave it a while before putting a fresh nappy on, allowing those sensitive areas time to air.
- Use a barrier cream after cleaning your baby, and always remember to clean your baby’s bottom from front to back to prevent spreading germs to other delicate parts.
- Make sure the nappy is the right size. If it’s too tight it will cause chaffing and irritation.
Good advice from the experts
Nichola Ludlam-Raine is a Registered Dietitian whose motto is ‘It’s not about diet, it’s about way of life’. This is what she had to say about nappy rash in a recent video:
- If your baby has dry skin, don’t overdo the bathing. Keep it to every other night if you are doing it every night and avoid the use of bubble bath and perfumed soaps.
- Use a barrier ointment like Bepanthen, which does not contain any fragrances or preservatives. Pro-vitamin B5 helps skin repair itself naturally. Use before you notice any rash appearing rather than applying after.
- Keep your nappy changing bag close by in the bedroom with the changing mat, fully stocked with nappies, liners, barrier cream, baby wipes, towel, and a change of clothing in case of an accident.
- Use lukewarm water and cotton wool for nappy changing for the first few weeks. Then you can move on to water-based sensitive wipes. These can be carried everywhere with you.
- Keep towels warm. In winter, they can be hung on the radiator during bath time. Remember to pat your baby dry rather than rubbing the skin.
- Once your baby is dry and provided the room is warm, give your baby some nappy free time. This allows those sensitive areas to air
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