Preventing and Treating Nappy Rash
From the moment your baby is born it seems like your world revolves around nappy changes! Is he wet? Is he dry? When was the last time he pooped? It’s probably safe to say you’ve never thought about 'wee' and 'poo' so much in your life!
Fresh air for little bums
Yeast, bacteria and moisture thrive in dark places, especially within a nappy. It is a good idea to do some 'nappy-free time' with your baby each day – just place a towel under your child and give them a few minutes to kick with no nappy on. This will be particularly helpful for little ones who are prone to nappy rash or who are going through a bad case of it. Parents of boys – watch out for any little unexpected 'fountains' during nappy-free time! Find a cream that works for your baby There are a variety of baby bum creams and nappy rash preventative creams available, such as Sudocrem. Don't forget to keep a travel-sized cream in your changing bag so that you can always reapply when needed.
Consider the cause
Some little bums are more sensitive than others, and you may find your baby suffers from nappy rash more frequently than expected. Start by changing your baby's nappy more frequently to prevent urine and faeces from irritating your baby's skin. If your baby is in a creche or with a childminder and is suffering from nappy rash, make sure to speak to the carer and, if need be, instigate a regular changing plan. Bring in a pot or tube of the cream you use at home to ensure the nappy rash is being treated (or prevented) consistently.
Visit your doctor
If you are concerned about nappy rash, speak to your GP or public health nurse as a bad rash may become infected and need further treatment, such as a prescription strength cream or treatment for a fungal or yeast infection.