Nappy rash is quite possibly the most common infant ailment. For baby, it can be more than just a discomfort; nappy rash left untreated can give rise to other more painful and dangerous infections. However there is a lot that parents can do to help prevent this nasty problem occurring.
Knowing what signs to look for and the treatment available, as well as some of the ways you can prevent the appearance of the rash will all help you avoid this unnecessary stress – for you and baby!
Nappy rash is simply the skin’s reaction to coming into contact with what goes into your baby’s nappy, namely wee and poo. These are after all, waste products that the body no longer wants. Pink or red spots and blotches appear as visible signs. Obviously these symptoms are sore and can make your baby cry. Nappy rash can occur at any time but it is typical at between nine and twelve months.
The treatment for simple nappy rash is the straightforward application of a good nappy rash cream, or barrier cream. These are prolific and you can choose one of many. However one that is more natural, and less chemical, means that it is closer to your baby’s normal skin balance. A hypoallergenic cream, and possibly one consisting of organic ingredients makes a lot of sense in this regard. Look for an unscented cream to keep it less likely to irritate the skin further.
Barrier creams usually take the form of a zinc-based cream, to keep the undesired dampness away from baby’s delicate skin. Other constituents could be beeswax and botanicals such as vegetable oils, for an infusion of moisture-powered healing. Nappy rash creams can also use a formula including plant extracts such as calendula or red clover. This anti-inflammatory combination means that the cream can not only give effective relief from nappy rash but help to protect baby’s skin and promote healing if needed.
Prevention is obviously better than a cure and so the best way to avoid nappy rash is to follow a good skin care routine for your baby’s bottom. It is the same as when you see an emerging nappy rash as well. Frequent nappy changes are advised. Using only water to wash your baby’s bottom and patting dry, rather than rubbing, with a towel is also suggested. It is also recommended by the NHS to use a barrier cream, and not talcum powder, as that does not form an effective barrier against the wee and poo. It can also cause friction which will additionally irritate the sensitive skin. Avoid tight-fitting plastic pants over nappies, especially over otherwise-breathable fabric nappies, as this will trap more unwanted moisture.
One thing which really helps avoid nappy rash is to have as much ‘nappy-free’ time each day as possible, where your baby’s skin can truly get fresh. Going natural is after all the best remedy.