Disclaimer: This is the personal experience of a blogger, not the sponsor, nor that of a medical expert.
As a mum of two, I’ve had many nappy rash situations to deal with. I have a toddler, Violet who is 18 months old and she has very sensitive skin with regular bouts of nappy rash. I also have a newborn called Pearl who in her five short weeks already had a small outbreak of nappy rash too.
So it’s safe to say it’s pretty common and happens to most babies at some point, or even many times while they are in nappies. However, I’ve found there’s no need to worry, it’s relatively easy to treat and there are lots of ways you can keep nappy rash at bay.
Nappy rash affects the skin around the nappy area, making it look red, slightly spotty and very irritated. If it gets really nasty, it can even blister or become scaly too which can be really uncomfortable for little ones.
Violet usually only gets mild nappy rash, which doesn’t seem to bother her and clears up quickly, but a couple of times it’s got to the point where she will flinch or cry while having a nappy change and we’ve made a quick trip to the GP to double check all is OK.
I’ve noticed nappy rash can develop very quickly, even with frequent clean nappy changes, and at its worst when Violet is teething. Although nappy rash can be caused by the moisture in your baby’s nappy – don’t feel your baby has got nappy rash as you haven’t changed them often enough as this may not be the case. Nappy rash can also be caused by several reasons, including a baby’s nappy rubbing on their skin, soap or bubble bath, alcohol-based baby wipes or when your baby has taken antibiotics too.
As both my little ones have had nappy rash I feel like we have tried and tested most methods of keeping it at bay, so I thought I’d share those with you today…
– Nappy free time – Pop your little one down on a towel (or in a room with hard flooring if they are mobile!) to give them as much nappy free time as possible to get air to their skin. Be ready for accidents though!
– Regular nappy changes – Changing your baby’s nappy regularly and as quickly as possible when they do a poo. It also helps if you use nappies with a high absorbency to keep as much moisture away from their skin as possible.
– Wipe and dry – When you change your baby, always make sure you wipe their skin with baby wipes (suitable for sensitive skin) and pat dry with a muslin cloth or towel.
– Apply a barrier cream – we have tried many, but love Sudocrem Care and Protect, which is a lighter cream than the traditional product. It also comes in a tube for easy one-handed use and for popping in our change bag. It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, as well as being free from artificial colours and preservatives.
– Don’t talc! It’s tempting to use talcum powder to keep your little one dry, however this can actually irritate the skin further.
– Avoid daily baths – Don’t bathe your little one too often, this can actually dry the skin, especially if you use bubble bath or soap. We actually use a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda in Violet’s bath water which works wonders on nappy rash!
– Get it checked – If your little one’s nappy rash doesn’t clear up after a few days or you’re worried, see your GP or health visitor (I’m not a clinician though, just a blogger and mum – so worth checking if you’re concerned).
Find more tips on keeping nappy rash at bay in the video below from Sudocrem’s Childcare Specialist, Maryanne Jones.
Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Sudocrem.
See your health adviser or doctor if your baby or child is experiencing nappy rash or you’re concerned in any way about their health.