Sensitive skin on a new baby’s bottom needs to be looked after with much tender, loving care!
To avoid baby having a nasty nappy rash, here are 5 simple steps to follow. Apply the rules and within a few days the rash should disappear.
Change your baby’s nappy often
Too often the cause of a nappy rash is over exposure to a dirty nappy. When skin is left in contact with a wet nappy (be it urine or faeces) the result is angry red, bumpy, irritated skin. The best treatment? Change your baby’s nappy on a very regular basis.
Keep an eye out for unusual circumstances
Keep an eye out for aggravating circumstances. For example, when teething, babies can suffer from a rash due to the excess saliva going through their little bodies. If they have diarrhoea or, if it’s summertime or warm out, they might be drinking more than usual so nappies will get wetter quicker.
Avoid all fragranced cleansing products or anything alcohol based
Choose minimalist products for your baby. If applying with a cotton wool pad, make sure that it is soaked so as not to create any friction with the skin.
Use a barrier cream
Barrier creams can protect and help to repair delicate, irritated skin. La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 with its 5% panthenol and zinc formula is perfect to use as an everyday nappy change balm. Suitable from +3 months, it’s antibacterial formula soothes and calms a wide range of irritations, such as cradle cap, eczema flare-ups and of course nappy rash.
If the rash persists, consult a doctor or a dermatologist
Skin expert, Dr Carla Stanton says “in rarer cases, babies can be prone to nappy rashes due to eczema and other skin conditions.”
Although it looks really sore, it’s not always painful. The trick is to get the skin to heal before it breaks. Be warned! If it’s left to worsen, it could get infected, so be well informed and prepared to take action.