Nappy rash affects at least a third of baby’s and can be caused by a number of things (not just poo). Your baby has delicate sensitive skin and things like an ill-fitting nappy can cause your baby’s bottom to become bright read and sore. Other things that can cause nappy rash include:
- not cleaning your baby’s bottom and genitals properly
- not changing soiled nappies often enough
- alcohol-based wipes / products
- soaps, lotions, detergents or bubble bath
- food (starting on solid food during weaning)
- baby not been well (common colds or even use of anti-biotics)
- changes in diet (if you’ve gone from breast to formula)
- diarrhoea / prolonged exposure to poo and/or wee
It is always recommended to get help from your health visitor, nurse GP or even the pharmacy if your little one has had nappy rash for several days within signs of it going away. If your baby has a fever or raised temperature or if they develop a bright red, moist rash with white or red spots which spread to the folds of the skin.
To help protect your little ones delicate skin there are a number of creams out there that you can use during every nappy change. One of those creams is Metanium and they have provided a free downloadable leaflet on nappy rash.
Preventing and treating nappy rash
- Try and let the skin breath by leaving the nappy off to allow air flow around the bottom and delicate skin
- change nappies frequently especially after soiling
- thoroughly clean baby’s bottom and genitals using plain water and cotton wool or baby wipes that are fragrance and alcohol free
- You should also make sure the area is dry by patting the area (don’t rub too hard as this can make the skin more inflamed)
- last but not least try using a nappy cream like Metanium barrier ointment or even Asda little angels nappy cream. If your little one already has nappy rash you might need to consider using Metanium nappy rash cream which contains ingredients to held relieve irritation and redness.
To download a copy of the Metanium-Nappy-Rash.