5 Ways To Prevent Nappy Rash
When your baby wets his nappy, it is important to change it as quickly as possible. The urine starts to react with bacteria in the nappy to form ammonia. If the nappy isn’t changed quickly, the ammonia can irritate your baby’s delicate skin and result in a sore, red and sometimes blistered rash. Nappy rash can affect all the delicate skin around your baby’s bottom and inner thighs, and may be particularly bad in skin folds and creases.
What can you do to prevent nappy rash?
- Check your baby’s nappy often and change it as soon as it becomes wet or dirty
- Wash the area with damp cotton wool, using very mild baby soap if dirty, and dry it well, without rubbing.
- If it’s not too cold, let your baby kick on a mat or towel without a nappy on to let the skin to breathe
- Use a nappy cream, like Sudocrem, at each nappy change to help prevent further irritation of your baby's skin
- If you are using reusable nappies, use a non-biological powder, and rinse thoroughly.
Unfortunately, despite your preventative steps, your baby may still get nappy rash, particularly when they are under the weather or teething. Learn how to treat nappy rash to help your baby's delicate skin stay healthy.
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