My 18-month-old son had a stomach bug recently, leaving him with diarrhoea and, consequently, a very severe case of nappy rash. With upwards of six dirty nappies a day, each of which were of the ‘burning’ variety, it was almost impossible to keep it under control.
I used my old favourite, Sudocrem, at every change, and after talking to my health visitor, I also followed these top tips on how to deal with nappy rash:
* Allow some nappy-free time: as anyone who has mobile children will know, the very idea of allowing an 18-month-old with diarrhoea to run around the house without a nappy is almost too much to bear, so I opted for nappy-free nap times.
That way, any mess was contained in one place, and limited as he was less active. I put a dark-coloured towel over the mattress and prepared myself for the extra washing. The effect on the nappy rash was instant – I could see a clear improvement with each nap, so it was well worth the extra effort.
* Cleanse with cotton wool and water instead of baby wipes. That way, your baby’s bottom is free from any chemicals or alcohol that could irritate the sore parts. It is easier than it sounds, even when you’re out.
Sometimes those beautiful baby bottoms need to be aired. But with the necessary naked oft comes massive mess. In case you didn’t know.
When teething, my 18-month-old daughter has always suffered from nappy rash, which is quite common in babies and toddlers (there are various explanations none of which are the point of my story).
Other than using ointments or creams, one of the best ways to manage baby bottom care is to remove my sweet one’s nappy and let her prance around in the buff – well half buff.
FYI: children don’t stop excreting gunk from their orifices just because their nappies are off. It is a sad but true fact. Consequently, many a mushy poo has landed on my aptly coloured orange carpet…
…and this day was no different.
Our Mummy Blogger post of the week goes to Nicci for her Bubbaloves blog.
Bubbaloves is a nice refreshing take on the joys of parenting. In the post below, she talks of the pain of ‘Sleepless nights and Restless days‘.
sleepless nights, restless days
I think all mums and dads know the feeling where they really have pleaded for just 5 more minutes in bed, the nights where their gorgeous little man, or beautiful little princess has kept them awake, thinking its playtime at 3 am , or even when little ones so tired but can’t sleep due to pain from teething, colic or nappy rash!?!
What’s a mum to do? With my first born, whenever he woke up he just wouldn’t settle back to sleep, we both worked full time at the time and it was much easier to place him into our bed, where he would drift back to sleep and we could catch a few more hours of much needed rest.
It was a fantastic short term solution, but thinking back it was a massive mistake.
Bradley my son got so used to sharing our bed he would point blank refuse to go into his cot, my second bundle of joy came along when Brad was 1 year old and there was no way i was making the same mistake with her.
From the moment we arrived home i set a routine and stuck to it. Afternoon naps, strict bedtime and HER OWN BED!
My daughter took to her routine with ease and slept through most nights from being newborn, It was the complete opposite to my son.