How Can I Protect My Baby Against Nappy Rash?
A lot has changed over the years, yet the one thing that remains constant is a mother’s love; and with love comes worry.
As a new or expecting mother, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you need to prepare for this tiny new addition to the family: Baby proofing, strollers, car seats, nappies, clothing … the list is never ending! One of the top priorities is taking care of your baby’s soft delicate skin, and a good nappy rash cream is an essential item.
Nappy rash is a common condition likely to affect most babies at some point; however it reaches peak prevalence between 6 – 12 months of age.
The symptoms of nappy rash can range from mild to severe: Mild nappy rash is characterised by a small area of pink or red rash, usually made up of small spots or blotches. However, the more extreme cases of nappy rash are characterised by bright red spots, dry, cracked skin; and swellings, ulcers and blisters around the nappy area. This can cause high discomfort for infants, leaving them feeling distressed; and affecting sleep.
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But just as we don’t wait for our lips to become chapped before applying lip balm, why wait for nappy rash to develop? Instead, you could stay one step ahead, and protect your baby against nappy rash from ever forming; using an effective barrier ointment like Bepanthen.
Bepanthen works by forming a transparent, breathable layer; helping to protect even the most delicate skin from irritants and rubbing. It is free from perfumes, preservatives and antiseptics, and is so gentle that it can be used daily as a preventative; to stop nappy rash appearing. It also contains Provitamin B5 which has a hydrating and soothing effect on the skin, and helps the skin repair its natural protective barrier.
5 things to consider when protecting against Nappy Rash
Aside from using an effective barrier ointment daily, there are some other things you can consider to prevent nappy rash from appearing:
Give your baby some nappy free time to allow the skin to breath
Use a highly- absorbent nappy and make sure you change it frequently
Avoid perfumed soaps and antiseptics which might agitate your baby’s delicate skin. Nappy rash is not a bacterial infection, and should not be treated with antiseptics.
Between changes only clean your baby’s nappy area using water and cotton wool, or unscented, alcohol-free baby wipes. Gently pat her skin with a towel until it's completely dry.
Prevention is better than the cure. The aim should be to reinforce and protect the skin's natural barrier, and this all starts with good skincare at nappy changing.
This article is kindly sponsored by Bepanthen: Voted Best Nappy Cream by National Parenting Panel 2016 (NPPA award). Learn more on www.bepanthen.ie.
Why wait for nappy rash to appear? Be one step ahead with Bepanthen.