Nappy rash is common in babies, especially those between the ages of 9 and 12 months. It’s normal for most babies to experience mild nappy rash, but in some cases, the rash can become more severe, causing the skin to become irritated. There are many ways it can be managed, such as cleansing and airing, and finding the right nappy rash treatment for your little one is vital to preventing discomfort.
What causes nappy rash?
There are a number of factors that can lead to the development of nappy rash but the most common include: the nappy rubbing against your baby’s skin, not changing the nappy often enough, alcohol-based baby wipes and harsh soaps or bubble bath. As a result, red patches may appear on the skin, they could look sore or feel hot to touch and there may also be spots, pimples or blisters.
Nappy rash treatment
Keep it clean
One of the simplest ways to help treat your baby’s nappy rash is to keep their nappy area clean. You should clean your baby’s bottom each time you change their nappy, which could be anywhere between 6-12 times a day. Use warm water or alcohol-free baby wipes to gently wipe the skin and then pat dry with a soft, clean towel, ensuring no damp is left behind.
Air it out
The more fresh air, the better. Allowing your baby nappy-free time where possible is a great way to treat nappy rash, as it allows fresh air to get to the skin and reduces the risk of the nappy causing further irritation. Try laying a towel down during playtime, the air will cool and soothe the irritated area.
Change nappies frequently
As soon as your little one’s nappy is wet or dirty, you should change it as soon as possible to avoid the skin being in contact with the bacteria for too long. If a dirty nappy is left unchanged, the skin can become red and sore, and a rash may develop.
Just before putting on a clean nappy, we recommend applying a thin layer of ointment to create a protective barrier between the dampness in the nappy and your baby’s skin. Our Natural Diaper Ointment is a vitamin-enriched soothing formula, designed to provide long-lasting comfort. It’s 100% natural and can both prevent and treat nappy rash, ensuring your baby’s skin is soft, smooth and free of irritation.