Nappy rash amongst babies is thought to affect at least 1 in 4, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. It’s very rare that hospitalisation is required; most often, nappy rash can be treated with common sense, improved hygiene and nappy rash creams. The best way to treat nappy rash, also known as diaper rash, is through prevention which you can read about here. There’s also several misconceptions that many people have about nappy rash which we’ve outlined here. 

Here’s 5 things you need to know about nappy rash which you didn’t before:

 

Poo is the culprit

What? Poo? Not wee? Most people think that wee is the main culprit – after all, it contains ammonia which can irritate the skin, right? In truth, both wee and poo can cause nappy rash if a baby is left in their nappy for too long. However, according to Stephen Kownacki, of the Primary Care Dermatology Society, “It [nappy rash] happens mainly because a baby’s poo contains digesting enzymes, which can start breaking her skin down if she’s left sitting in a dirty nappy too long.”

 

Solution: Change dirty nappies as quickly as you can!

 

You have to do more than just change nappies regularly

Sadly, changing nappies often won’t solely prevent nappy rash. Yes, it’s a massive factor in helping to prevent and alleviate nappy rash as you’re limiting skin contact, but there’s other factors which are at play in causing nappy rash. For example, chaffing and rubbing of the nappy against delicate skin can aggravate skin, as can being too hot and moist and not having enough ‘air-time’ (when your baby is without its nappy).  

 

Solution: Give your baby’s bottom as much time without nappies as you can.

 

Wipes can make it worse

A lot of wipes can contain additives, perfumes, antiseptics, emulsifier, preservatives and more which can actually aggravate babies’ delicate skin. Yes, baby wipes are convenient and definitely do have their place, for emergency situations and travel especially, but for everyday use, cotton wool or tissues with water are the best option. There are some wipes which are 99.9% water and -TEN- Skincare has a Cleansing Foam which is free from allergens and nasties and which can be used to help clear stubborn grime and babies’ bottoms – one pump of cleansing foam on a damp tissue is powerful but gentle.

 

Solution: Use water and cotton wool, or invest in –TEN- Skincare’s Cleansing Foam for more efficient yet gentle cleansing. 

 

There are two types of nappy creams

And you need to know which is which. One is a barrier cream which is great for prevention and products such as –TEN- Skincare’s Protective Diaper Cream contain zinc oxide which keeps baby’s skin dry in the nappy. If your baby does get nappy rash then it’s best to ask for advice from your chemist or doctor as to what’s appropriate to use.

 

Solution: Prevention is the best remedy so get into the habit of applying a thin layer of –TEN- Skincare’s Protective Diaper Cream to keep nappy rash at bay.

 

Overloading on nappy cream can make nappy rash worse

You may think that the way to prevent or alleviate nappy rash is to smother your baby in nappy cream but conversely this can make things worse. Here’s why – put too much on and it can interfere with the nappy’s ability to absorb wee. This will only result in more skin to skin contact with liquids that will irritate your baby’s skin. A thin layer of cream works best so that wee can be properly absorbed by the nappy, whilst the cream still protects baby’s skin.

 

Solution: Apply a thin layer of nappy rash cream only. If using –TEN- Skincare’s Protective Diaper Cream then a pea-sized amount should be enough and should be gently smoothed on until you can’t see any traces of cream.

 

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