Dealing with Nappy Rash

Dealing with Nappy Rash 

Nappy Rash can be caused by a range of reasons; from your baby’s skin being in contact with urine or faeces for a long time, or the nappy rubbing against your baby’s skin. It can also be caused by soap, detergent, bubble bath or alcohol-based baby wipes.

Typically, there may be some red patches on your baby’s bottom or the whole area may be red, look sore and feel hot to touch. There may also be some spots, pimples or blisters. Most babies with mild nappy rash don’t feel sore but if it is severe the baby may be in considerable discomfort or distress.

Although nappy rash usually clears up after about 3 days if you follow hygiene tips, prevention is always the best method to dealing with nappy rash. 

  • Change wet or dirty nappies regularly and as soon as possible
  • Thoroughly clean the entire nappy area but gently wiping from front to back using fragrance and alcohol-free baby wipes.
  • Babies should be bathed daily but no more than twice a day as this will dry out their skin
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing when drying your baby, use soft towels and gently dry them
  • When changing your baby, lie them on a towel and try to leave the nappy off for as long and as often as you can – this will allow fresh air to get to their skin
  • Avoid the use of soap, bubble bath or lotions when bathing
  • Talcum powder actually contains ingredients which can irritate your baby’s skin so avoid using it

If you baby is still in discomfort then use a nappy rash cream to treat it, you should apply the cream first and then wait a few minutes before applying the barrier cream.

Sudosalve Nappy Rash Treatment - £5.16

Helps to heal and soothe broken skin whilst still being light and comfortable for your baby. The formula glides on easy and is transparent leaving no marks anywhere. Contains both antibacterial, antiseptic and can kill certain types of bacteria and fungi to help prevent further infections. Also only needs to be used 2-3 times a day making your day a little easier.