How to treat a nappy rash

By February 16, 2015Pregnancy

Nappy rashes are very common, especially if the baby is your first child and you’re a first time parent learning the ropes. These rashes cause a great deal of discomfort in infants and it’s best to prevent them altogether. There are methods parents can use to soothe nappy rashes and prevent them from re-occurring in the future.

Babies who are breast-fed, produce looser stool more often. Even though this is the case with breast-fed babies, doctors still recommend breast feeding, as this is the healthier and the better option, when compared to formula.

Nappy rash is caused by the skin’s reaction to irritants such as excessive moisture, lotions, wipes, diapers or a child’s waste, and it’s recommended that parents put a barrier cream with zinc oxide on a baby’s bottom with each nappy change during times of frequent stools. This keeps a barrier between the child’s skin and the moisture that causes the irritation.

If you’ve tried a new cream on your baby’s skin and notice a rash, go back to the old product for a few days. Then, try the new product again. If the rash happens again, avoid the new product.

Remember that wipes marketed for use on sensitive skin can still irritate fragile skin, so if your child has a nappy rash try to avoid the use of any wipes. Try using a small squeeze water bottle with warm water to clean the bottom and pat dry with a soft, clean washcloth.

If the nappy rash persists do the following:

  • Exposing the baby’s skin to air. Put the baby to sleep nappy-free, but on top of a towel
  • Changing the nappy often, to make sure that the skin is clean and dry
  • Oatmeal baths will help soothe the skin of the infant
  • If your child is older than 2 months, ask your doctor for an anti-inflammatory
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Even healthy babies have yeast in their stool, and nappies are the perfect breeding ground since yeast like to live in dark, warm, wet places. If a rash looks bright red, is in the skin folds and it doesn’t get better after three days of treating it, you might want to let your doctor take a look at it.