Why Does My Baby Have Nappy Rash?
Nappy rash is common and can happen even if you are careful in looking after your baby's skin. Almost all children who wear nappies will get nappy rash at some point. While there can be a number of factors contributing to nappy rash, the main cause is wearing a wet or soiled nappy for too long.
The prolonged exposure to dampness can irritate your baby's skin. This can result in the skin on your child's bottom looking red, irritated and sore. Understandably, the rash is uncomfortable, which can make your baby irritable and upset.
What can you do to treat nappy rash?
1. Change your baby's nappy frequently
Check your child every hour to see if the nappy is wet or soiled, and ensure the nappy is changed straight away.
2. Give your baby some nappy free time
By giving your baby some time each day without a nappy, this allows the skin to breathe. This can be done by placing your baby on a play mat or on a towel without wearing a nappy.
3. Gently clean your baby's skin at change time
You can use some lukewarm water and a cloth wipe to gently wipe baby's skin after each nappy change. Avoid using perfumed disposable wipes as the preservatives in the wipes can irritate the skin. An Ecostork favourite: Cheeky Wipes Reusable Cloth Wipes
4. Use a protective cream after each nappy change
A simple barrier cream or nappy change cream applied to the skin at change time can help to stop the skin being exposed to wee/poo. A little goes a long way, so apply a small amount to the nappy area after changing to moisturise and add a protective barrier.
5. Cloth Nappies need to be rinsed and dried
If you use cloth nappies, ensure they are washed and rinsed well in fresh water, so that all detergent is removed from the cloth. Make sure the nappies are dry before using them again, and avoid plastic nappy pants.
If you find that the nappy rash is severe or won't go away with these simple measures, it is advisable to visit your GP for further advice.