04 Nov How To Use Nappy Cream: Our Baby Care Tips
Is there anything more scrumptious than soft, squishy baby skin? It’s impossible to resist smooching your baby one thousand times a day! But as gorgeous and soft as those rolls might be, your baby’s skin is delicate and requires care, just like yours.
From bathing routines, to how to use nappy cream, many new mums have lots of questions about caring for sensitive newborn skin. Your baby’s bottom area is particularly fragile.
In this article, you’ll learn what nappy rash is, and the daily routine that can help you prevent it.
What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash is when the skin around a baby’s bottom and genitals becomes inflamed and sore. Signs to look for include:
- Red, inflamed skin that looks wet (different to a dry, flaking eczema type rash)
- Peeling, blistering or weeping
- Baby’s bottom is sore to touch
The rash can spread up baby’s tummy or back, and if your baby suffers from eczema as well, this can make the nappy rash worse. It’s not unusual for your little one to be quite uncomfortable if they have nappy rash – and when they wee, it can really sting.
What causes nappy rash?
There are a number of reasons why nappy rash can occur but the most common is being in a wet nappy for too long. The ammonia in urine can irritate the delicate skin.
Other causes include:
- Soaps, baby washes and wipes can contain chemicals that are too harsh for your baby’s skin – especially those that are heavily fragranced.
- Thrush – your baby can develop thrush spontaneously, and this can aggravate nappy rash.
How to prevent nappy rash
Most babies will be affected by nappy rash at some stage – it’s certainly not an indication that you’re not caring for your little one properly. But just like us, every baby is different and maybe more sensitive than another. For this reason, we recommend the following steps to help keep irritation of your baby’s little bottom at bay.
Frequent nappy changes
Nappy rash thrives in warm, moist conditions so change your baby frequently. This will limit the amount of time the wet fabric of the nappy stays in contact with your baby’s skin.
Apply nappy cream liberally
After every nappy change and every bath, use a natural nappy cream that can gently and safely soothe and nourish the delicate skin. Apply liberally to clean, dry skin and reapply whenever extra soothing is called for. If nappy rash does develop, you may like to visit your local pharmacy for a barrier balm to assist with healing and clearing the red, sore skin.
Avoid soaps and strongly fragranced baby care
Some babies are very sensitive to soap, harsh detergents and synthetic fragrances that can be found in lotions, bath washes and baby wipes. If you suspect your baby might be extra-sensitive, choose baby care that uses natural ingredients that are proven to be safe for delicate skin. Avoid strongly fragranced products.
Rinse cloth nappies thoroughly
If you’re a cloth nappy family, be mindful of what you use to clean them. Avoid harsh detergents where possible, and always rinse thoroughly afterward to remove all traces of the washing agent from the fabric.
Treat your bubba to some nappy off time. This allows airflow around their little bottoms which can be beneficial in preventing nappy rash. Once a day, lie your baby on a blanket or baby wrap for some bare bottom time – some mums like to do this during tummy time. Keep some extra towels around just in case!
If your baby does develop nappy rash and it does not clear up within a week, visit your trusted GP or pediatrician for further advice.
For everyday preventative care, try our natural Baby Bottom Creams here.
All images by the wonderful Jenn Bliss – Instagram @days.of.bliss