In nappies, up to a third of babies have baby nappy rash at any one time. All babies can get nappy rash. However, it doesn’t usually develop in newborns.
Baby nappy rash is very common, especially those who aged between 9-12 months old. Therefore, at the stage of parenthood, you may unwrap your baby’s nappy confront it with a rather tender-looking bottom. This can happen whether you use washable or disposable nappies.
You may notice that there are a red patches on your baby’s bottom. Baby nappy rash makes your baby’s skin and face look sore and feel hot to touch. Also, the viral rash may be spots, pimples or blisters.
Most babies that get mild nappy rash don’t feel sore. However if the rash is severe, your baby may feel discomfort and distressed.
What’s causing a Baby Nappy Rash?
Baby nappy rash can be caused:
- If your baby’s skin has been in contact with wee or poo for a long time.
- If you rub the nappy against your baby’s skin.
- If you don’t clean the nappy area or change the nappy often enough.
- If you use soap, detergent or bubble bath
- If you used wipes that contain alcohol.
- If your baby takes antibiotics.
How can you treat your baby nappy rash?
If your baby develops a nappy rash, you can it by yourself:
If the rash isn’t bothering your baby, apply a thin layer of a barrier cream at each nappy change to protect their skin.
Following advises will help you looking after your baby’s skin.
- As soon as possible, change wet or dirty nappies.
- Keep cleaning the nappy area gently wiping from front to back. You can use water or fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes.
- Bath your baby, twice at least, daily. Avoid bathing your baby more than twice a day because this can dry out their skin.
- After washing your baby, dry your baby’s body. You must avoid vigorous rubbing.
- Let your baby on a towel and leave his nappy off for as possible as you can to allow the fresh air get to his skin.
- Avoid using soap, bubble bath, or lotions.
- Avoid using talcum powder because it contains ingredients which may irritate your baby’s skin.
Baby nappy rash commonly clears up within 3 days if you follow the previous tips.
If the rash is bothering your baby and making him feel discomfort. Contact your doctor to prescribe a nappy rash cream to treat it.
When can a nappy rash be severe?
Severe baby nappy rash may have more advanced and painful symptoms which make the baby feels distressed or uncomfortable. Those symptoms may include:
- Dry broken skin
- Ulcers, swellings, and blisters on the skin
- Bright red spots
Baby nappy rash usually covers a larger part of the nappy area. It may spread up to the abdomen or down the legs. Your baby may be irritable and cry more than usual.
If you suspect that your baby has severe nappy rash, you must seek a medication to treat the condition. first the doctor will make sure that you carry out the skin care routines advised for a mild nappy rash. Once your doctor is satisfied that the correct skin care routines have been followed, he will prescribe a topical medicine to treat the rash. Topical means that the medicine must be applied directly to the affected area.
Don’t worry, baby nappy rash affects up to a third of nappy-wearing babies at any given time. You will waste products that can turn into ammonia if the nappy isn’t changed for a long time. Therefore, the main advice to you is to Keep changing the Waste products because it is the same cause of irritating the baby’s skin.