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Neutralising pH to help relieve baby diaper rash

Diaper rash is often a fact of parenting, no matter how careful you are. Your baby’s delicate skin is about 30% thinner than yours and much more sensitive. Add a warm, wet diaper into the mix – plus friction caused by kicking and crawling – and it's little wonder most babies get diaper rash at some point.  

“Diaper rash is inevitable at some level, especially when they start sleeping through the night,” says Baby Dove scientist and parent Evan Hillman. So it’s not surprising that at least a quarter of the children Dr. Dina – a paediatrician and mother of four – sees each day have rashes.

Why does it happen?

Your baby's poo contains enzymes that can irritate their delicate skin, and their wee may make these damaging enzymes more active – which is why it's so important to apply a protective barrier cream whenever you change them. Wet and dirty diapers can also raise the pH of delicate baby skin, particularly if left on for long periods, such as overnight while your baby is sleeping.

This can weaken their natural skin barrier – which is slightly acidic – increasing the likelihood of irritation and those tell-tale red spots. That's why a product that helps to bring down pH is important too.

“When skin pH is balanced, the skin is able to function and restore itself properly, creating a healthy barrier,” says Kimberly Day, Baby Dove scientist and mum of two.

So what can you do to prevent and treat your baby’s rash?

Dr. Dina explains that “neutralising the skin and applying a good barrier cream (which typically contains zinc oxide) can be very helpful.” To be effective, the cream you use needs to soothe soreness and treat rashes on babies effectively, as well as protecting against further irritation.

Baby Dove Rich Moisture Diaper Rash Cream does all of this. Its unique blend of active ingredients includes zinc oxide, which instantly forms a protective layer against the causes of diaper rash, and zinc sulphate, which brings down pH levels fast, helping to calm your baby's sore skin.

The creamy formula provides instant comfort from the first use, and is easy to spread – and wipe off – wherever and whenever you change your baby.

For Evan, it's become an essential part of his baby son's routine: “We use a healthy dose of diaper rash cream before we put him to bed.”