Taking care of baby nappy rash
Nappy changes are a regular occurrence with a baby in the house, but a routine change can be a little surprising when you’re greeted by a sore, red bottom. But don’t worry, baby nappy rash is common.
“The main cause of nappy rash is wee and poo in contact with the skin in a nappy, which generates enzymes that can cause irritation… and the wetness can lead to inflammation,” explains paediatric dermatologist and mum-of-one Dr Kerstin. A cream for nappy rash, such as Baby Dove Rich Moisture Nappy Cream, can help. It neutralises skin’s pH, bringing immediate comfort, and provides a protective layer between the skin and soiled nappys.
Baby nappy rash is fairly easy to treat and should clear up within a week. If not, it’s best to talk to your doctor. Hopefully these tips from real parents will stop it from getting to that stage.
Charlie, dad of two.
“It can be tempting to wait until you finish your chore, magazine or coffee before changing a dirty nappy, but try to do it as soon as possible. Those bottoms are delicate and like being clean and dry”
Garen, dad of two.
“Nappy-free time is recommended to treat baby nappy rash, but we didn’t particularly want puddles on the carpet. So we spread out our washable picnic blanket on the living-room floor and let our daughter crawl about on that”
Dr Zilda, mum of two.
“To get the best results from baby nappy rash cream, try to use it in a preventative way and not when your baby already has a rash. Ideally, apply it at each change”
Chris, dad of one.
“If possible, keep the cream for nappy rash ready near the changing table. Otherwise you’ll probably miss your chance – it’s best not to leave your baby and fetch it, and, once you've wrestled the nappy on, your baby won't thank you for taking it off again!”
Jenny, mum of one.
“When it comes to keeping nappy rash away, I always aim to keep everything as clean and dry as possible. I try to make sure my son’s bottom is spotless after changing and wash the area thoroughly in the bath”
Andy, dad of one.
“When my daughter is teething, her nappy rash seems to get worse. I just use cotton wool and warm water when it is inflamed, and always apply an ointment for nappy rash to help soothe the worst areas”