Nappy rash is very common and can happen at any time during your child’s nappy wearing stage. It can (literally) be a pain in the bottom! However, there are some things you can do to try and keep it at bay and make life a little more comfortable for your child.
First of all, it’s important to remember that every baby is different and the severity of nappy rash will vary – and some might not get it at all. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others and may react in different ways. Teething is one thing that can have an impact on nappy rash as many babies experience loose stools during this phase, which can cause a very sore bum.
Understanding the cause of nappy rash is the key to being able to effectively deal with it (although sometimes babies will experience nappy rash for no obvious reason). It’s basically an irritation that arises from soiled or wet nappies, friction and a lack of air circulation.
Having plenty of nappy-free time will help a lot – letting the skin breathe really can work wonders. While it’s probably a given, keeping your baby’s bum clean is really important. Wipe front to back and make sure your little one’s bottom is completely dry before putting a nappy on. Use a barrier cream that’s light and easy to rub into the skin, and do this on every nappy change, not just if they have a rash. Protecting your baby’s bum from the start can help to prevent nappy rash, as well as soothe it should it occur. To do this, why not use a protective barrier cream, such as Sudocrem Care & Protect!
Make sure you use the right size nappies for your baby and don’t put them on too tight, as this can cause friction and lead to irritation, redness and a sore bum. You may find you need to try a few different brands and/or sizes of nappies to find the one that fits just right.