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How To Treat Nappy Rash

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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 bathsAs 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: 4 Top Tips

1) 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 dayUse 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. 

2) Air it out

The more fresh air, the better. Allowing your baby nappy-free time where possible is a great way to treat nappy rashas 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. 

3) 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. 

4) Use gentle, natural treatments 

Using fragrant products such as soap and bubble bath can further irritate the skin, so it’s best to use natural products where possible. Ointments are a great option, as they soothe the skin while forming a protective barrier against dryness and irritationOnly apply a palm-sized amount though, as a thick layer could reduce breathability within the nappy. Our Natural Multipurpose Ointment soothes and moisturises your little one’s nappy area. The 100% natural formula is delicate on the skin, working to nourish, hydrate and calm irritation. 

Our Baby Cream to Powder is the perfect 2-in-1 nappy rash treatment. With the benefits of both nappy cream and dusting powder, this gentle formula is applied as a cream but dries as an absorbent powder, so your baby’s bottom is left soft, dry and comfortable. 

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