Coping with nappy rash
Tips you need to help your baby, and you, deal with nappy rash
Nappy rash is very common and can happen at any time during your child’s nappy wearing stage. It can (literally) be a pain in the bottom! However, there are some things you can do to try and keep it at bay and make life a bit more comfortable for your little one.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that every baby is different and the severity of nappy rash will vary –some might not get it at all. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others and may react in different ways. Teething can have an impact on nappy rash as many babies experience loose stools during this phase, which can cause a very sore bum.
Understanding the cause of nappy rash is the key to being able to effectively deal with it (although sometimes babies will experience nappy rash for no obvious reason). Nappy rash is an irritation that arises from soiled or wet nappies, friction and a lack of air circulation.
Having plenty of nappy-free time will help a lot – letting the skin breathe really can work wonders. Although it’s a given, keeping your baby’s bum clean is really important. Wipe front to back and make sure your little one’s bottom is completely dry before putting a nappy on. Use a barrier cream that’s light and easy to rub into the skin, and do this on every nappy change, not just if they have a rash. Protecting your baby’s bum from the start can help to prevent nappy rash, as well as soothe it should it occur. Sudocrem Care & Protect is a household name in protective barrier cream.
Make sure you use the right size nappies for your baby and don’t put them on too tight, as this can cause friction and lead to irritation, redness and a sore bum. You may find you need to try a few different brands and/or sizes of nappies to find the one that fits your little one perfectly.