N A P P Y - R A S H
Oh baby. Nappy rashes are tricky. You think you’re all over this nappy business and then bam, overnight you’re little one wakes up with a red and sore nappy area. Immediately you think you’ve done something wrong, but the truth of the matter is, it’s going to be inevitable at some point - so put that parent guilt down.
Irritation is the number one culprit. Nappies create the perfect environment to produce sore, excoriated skin due to the close proximity to poo, wee and friction caused by your little ones moving about with a nappy on 24/7. Disposable nappies are slightly better at keeping your child’s bottom drier (but there are ways around this if you’d prefer to use cloth nappies 👍). Fungal infections are the next most likely, but usually this is only the case if the nappy rash has persisted (quite severely) for over a week or two. There are creams that can be applied, but you will need to see your GP first for them to assess the area.
PREVENTION - keep the skin as clean and dry as possible. Change poo’s straight away. Find out what type of wipes work well with your baby. Sometimes “baby wipes” will further irritate the skin, particularly for newborns, and often warm water and a cloth works just as well. Yeah, a little more inconvenient- but you’re already doing loads of washing anyway 🤷♀️ Barrier creams (such as zinc based ones) are really effective if the skin needs protection. Barrier creams are simply that - they provide a barrier between your baby’s skin and the acid from poo and wee. You’ll work out how often your baby needs this. Just because a product says you need it every nappy change, doesn’t mean you have too!
NAPPY FREE TIME - Honestly, this is going to be one of the best things you can do. Sun and fresh air are fabulous at helping your babies bottom recover. I’d even suggest you prioritize it even if they don’t have nappy rash. Just be careful of too much UV exposure.
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