10 tips for tackling nappy rashApril 13, 2017
Just discovered that your baby has nappy rash? Don’t worry, you are not alone. In fact, up to 30% of babies and toddlers that wear nappies experience nappy rash at any one time.
Your baby could have nappy rash for a number of reasons. Firstly, the chemicals in some toiletries and baby wipes can irritate your baby’s skin leading to nappy rash.
Also, you might find the nappies you are using are chafing your baby’s skin and causing the rash.
Another major cause of nappy rash is not changing their nappies often enough. Leaving your baby’s skin next to wee or poo for a long time or failing to clean the nappy area properly between changes can obviously lead to a greater risk of nappy rash developing.
To help treat your baby’s rash, you can apply a thin layer of barrier cream to protect their skin against damp in their nappies.
However, barrier cream can work two ways, coating the nappy surface and preventing it from absorbing as much wee as it normally would do. For that reason, it might be worth looking for a more absorbent nappy brand with a top sheet that locks away wee to keep your baby dry.
Treated properly, your baby’s rash should disappear in a couple of days. However, if the rash persists or is clearly causing your baby distress, your pharmacist or GP should be able to advise you.
Once cleared up, you can then follow the 10 tips below to help keep nappy rash away.
How to prevent nappy rash in the future?
You can help prevent your little one from developing nappy rash again by following these 10 simple tips:
1. Get a feel for how often your baby’s nappies need changing and make sure you put on a fresh nappy as regularly as needed.
2. If you do realise they have wet or soiled their nappy make sure you change it as soon as you can.
3. If you don’t think your nappies are locking away wee properly then try another brand that is more absorbent.
4. When changing an nappy, make sure you clean the whole nappy area thoroughly, wiping from front to back to avoid cross-infection.
5. Swap any toiletries or baby wipes that you think are causing problems to varieties that are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.
6. Give your baby a bath once a day to help keep them clean.
7. Remember to rub them dry gently as rubbing too hard could also chafe their skin.
8. Where possible, leave them nappy-free for a while after removing a dirty nappy to help their skin get some air.
9. Avoid using talcum powder as this could irritate your baby’s skin.
10. Avoid using barrier cream when not needed as this can prevent your nappy locking away moisture properly.
By following the above tips you should find that your little one stays nappy rash free. For help finding a nappy that locks in moisture and is kind to baby skin or an organic nappy spray that doesn’t hamper nappy absorbency click here to visit our store.