In our regular maternity column, our postnatal expert Melinda Hunt answers some common questions about birth and babies. Here, she looks at the common problem of nappy rash and how to help prevent it.
At one time or another you’ll likely be faced with treating your little cherub’s nappy rash. After all, it’s something that can occur even on the most pampered bottom!
What causes nappy rash?
Nappy rash stems from friction from rubbing against the nappy, from wearing a soiled nappy too long, allergic reaction to wet wipes, or a bacterial or yeast infection. In older babies, it can be caused by the introduction of solid food and the changing stool composition or food allergies. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to help prevent further flare-ups!
Tips to help prevent nappy rash
- Remember to always wash your hands before and after changing a nappy – hygiene is of utmost importance.
- Change bubba’s nappy more frequently!
- For ultra-sensitive bottoms, use boiled/cooled water, or alcohol- and fragrance-free water wipes.
- After cleaning/bathing the area, pat it dry without rubbing.
- Use a barrier cream. This will help form a protective layer against rubbing and friction.
- While nappy rash creams such as Desitin, Bepanthen, Sudocrem and Paw Paw cream may assist, if the rash is persistent and blistering, consult your GP for a stronger topical cream.
- Avoid putting on the nappy too tightly – allow the air to circulate.
- Give bub some nappy-free time! Simply lay out a towel on the play mat and let your little one have a kick and roll around without a nappy on. The fresh air will aid the healing process!
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This article first appeared in the April/May 2019 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.