Nappy rash. It’s something you’ve only really heard about and never really experienced. You may be feeling a little smug too, reading this, thinking that your newborn hasn’t suffered from nappy rash yet so you must be doing something right! However, don’t pat yourself on the back too quickly, for it’s estimated that a third of babies and toddlers suffer from nappy rash at some stage, and that it’s relatively unusual for newborns but whilst your child is still in nappies, nappy rash could still strike! 

The best way to avoid nappy rash is to take preventative action but if your baby develops it then there are ways which you can successfully treat it yourself. If you’re worried about nappy rash or if it persists then see your GP as soon as possible.

 

What is nappy rash?

Nappy rash is when the skin, generally around the nappy area, is red and inflamed. It’s a general term which can be used to describe both mild and severe cases. It can present itself as a red rash, sometime with spots, or as redness. If left untreated, it can develop into other skin ailments. 

 

What causes nappy rash?

There’s several reasons why your baby could suffer from nappy rash:

  • Prolonged contact of skin with faeces and urine
  • Rubbing or chaffing of the nappy against skin
  • Not changing the nappy often enough
  • Not cleaning the nappy area thoroughly or often enough

 

How to treat nappy rash yourself?

The best way to treat nappy rash is to prevent it happening in the first place. -TEN-‘s Baby Protective Diaper Cream contains zinc oxide which helps keep skin dry and it also helps soothe and nourish delicate skin. A thin layer of this applied before the clean nappy is put on can help keep your baby nappy rash-free. At the first signs of any redness and if your baby isn’t in too much discomfort, you can start applying it if you haven’t already – it is likely that the barrier cream will prevent it becoming worse and the soothing ingredients will help heal the irritated skin.

 

If your baby does develop nappy rash, the first thing to do is not blame yourself – nappy rash easily occurs. Then, there’s a couple of steps you can try to help it from becoming worse:

 

  • Monitor your baby’s bowel movements closely and change soiled nappies as soon as you can.
  • Clean your baby’s nappy area thoroughly, wiping from front to back. Water and cotton wool is best, but if you decide to use wipes, use water wipes, or ones without fragrance or alcohol as this can make symptoms worse or even sting.
  • Bath your baby each day using products which are specifically designed to be gentle on delicate skin. –TEN-‘s Baby Bath Milk is ideal as it is free from nasties and doesn’t dry out skin. Don’t bath your baby more than once a day.
  • After a bath, pat your baby’s skin dry, rather than rubbing it dry and, making sure the room is warm enough, give your baby’s skin some ‘air time’; don’t put on their nappy straight away but leave it off for as long as you can to help skin breathe.
  • Avoid using talcum powder on your baby as this could irritate skin and lead to further exacerbation of the nappy rash.

 

What to do if it doesn’t clear up?

If the nappy rash doesn’t clear up within 3 days, this could be a sign that it may be something more than nappy rash, for example eczema or thrush. Eczema can result in flaking skin and may also spread beyond the nappy area, whilst thrust can look bright red but also have a whiteness to it too. Both often occur in the creases of skin. In these cases, book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. If your child also develops a temperature then this could signify an infection in which case, medical treatment must be sought as soon as you can.

 

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