You’ve heard the horror stories… nappy rash can turn ugly! And it will make your baby irritable and uncomfortable.
What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash (also called ‘diaper rash’) is an inflammatory skin irritation in the nappy area.
What causes nappy rash?
A baby’s skin is sensitive and skin in the nappy area can be irritated by many things. Nappy rash is often caused by long exposures to the following irritants:
- Urine (wee)
- Faeces (poop)
- Chemicals, such as skin wipes, creams, soaps and detergents
- Friction (rubbing between the skin and nappy)
- Excess moisture and heat.
How to get rid of nappy rash?
Simple cases of nappy rash will disappear in a few days by keeping to a good skin care routine. Following a good skin care routine will also prevent nappy rash.
- Change nappies often. If your baby is left in a wet or dirty nappy for long periods of time then their skin is more likely to get irritated.
- Gently clean the nappy area with plain warm water. Gently pat the skin with a soft cloth, or leave the skin uncovered for a few minutes, until skin is completely dry before putting on a new nappy. Avoid talcum powders in your routine as these can cause skin irritation.
- Nappy-free time is recommended, so the skin gets as much air as possible to stay dry.
- Apply a barrier cream or ointment at each nappy change to prevent irritants from touching your baby’s skin. These are available from the supermarket or pharmacy.
For severe nappy rash, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about medicated treatments.