You might notice your baby's skin becoming red, puffy and tender in the area where they wear their nappy - around the buttocks, thighs and genitals. You may also notice changes in your baby's behaviour - they may seem moody and more uncomfortable than usual, especially during nappy changes. They may even fuss or cry when the nappy area is washed or touched.
First, don't panic. Nappy Rash is extremely common amongst babies, and although many parents feel as though they have done something wrong when their little one suffers from it - you haven't. Your baby's skin is extremely sensitive and Nappy Rash is something that can be managed easily with Bepanthen Ointment.
The most common causes of Nappy Rash are wet nappies or underwear staying in contact with a baby's skin. Wetness from urine is a powerful promoter of rashes, add in the effects of nappy friction and enzymes that are found in healthy babies' stool and you have the perfect environment for developing Nappy Rash.
Contact with the nappy's contents raises the pH of a baby's skin, increased friction from the nappies against their delicate skin, and irritation by the enzymes found in stools are the main triggers of nappy rash. Combine this with the damp, warm conditions you find in a baby's nappy and it's easy to understand why damage to the skin is almost unavoidable.
Once the protective barrier of the skin is damaged, it can lead to the painful red rash you as a parent dread.
If you find that your baby is suffering from Nappy Rash, these simple tips can help you deal with the problem and get your little one smiling again.
Rinse the affected area with lukewarm water.
Obviously this will help to keep your baby clean, but be sure to repeat the process with each nappy change until the rash subsides. It's best to use plain water, but if you use soap be sure to use a mild one, and only after a bowel movement as overusing soap can actually disrupt the healing process.
Protect the skin with a nappy cream like Bepanthen Ointment at every nappy change.
Bepanthen Ointment protects a baby's skin while allowing it to breathe, helping to prevent Nappy Rash in the future.
Choose the right kind of wipes.
Avoid wipes that contain alcohol or fragrances. If you find that a wipe is bothering your little one, try using plain water with a soft paper towel or washcloth until the rash heals.
Expose your baby's skin to the air.
Let your baby wear a loose nappy so that the air can circulate. While they're napping, take the nappy off and lay them on a towel. Allowing the area to dry will reduce the risk of developing a yeast infection.
Nappy Rash is extremely common amongst babies, and no matter what precautions you take to make sure your little one is as comfortable as possible, there are some instances where you simply cannot prevent Nappy Rash.
You can however take certain measures to minimise your baby's chances of developing the uncomfortable skin problem. Be sure to change your baby's nappy often, using water to rinse your baby's bottom when you change them. Apply a nappy cream like Bepanthen Ointment at every nappy change, and let your little one go without a nappy for a short time each day.