Your baby’s skin is soft, delicate and sensitive, and can be easily irritated by a rubbing or wet nappy. Sometimes, the friction caused by nappies can result in nappy rash. This is a very common skin condition among little ones under 18 months, and is generally nothing to worry about – when Katie had nappy rash, I found that it was instantly recognisable and easy to treat. Nevertheless, it’s natural that you want to be able to spot the condition and get rid of it effectively. Here are some tips for doing so, picked up from years of being a mum and providing other mums with 100 per cent cotton products that are gentle on babies’ skin.
Causes of nappy rash
Just as our feet can get sore if we wear shoes with no socks on hot days, your little one’s nappy area can get uncomfortable if left in a soiled nappy for too long. The excess moisture softens the skin around the nappy area, making it extra sensitive when the nappy rubs. Your baby can also get nappy rash if they have diarrhoea, as the enzymes in the stool can irritate their skin. Other common causes of nappy rash are skincare products (such as soap, bubble bath or alcohol-based baby wipes) or washing detergents that are too harsh for your baby’s skin.
Spotting nappy rash
If your baby has nappy rash, you’ll know it. They will have red blotches on their bottom, and they may have spots or blisters in the nappy area. The skin will look sore and inflamed; when Katie had nappy rash, the skin on her bottom was actually hot to the touch. If the nappy rash is mild and you treat it straight away, your baby may not feel much discomfort at all. Some cases of nappy rash can make them very sore though – I know Katie was completely out of sorts when she had it.
Treating nappy rash
While your GP can prescribe your baby a cream for clearing up particularly bad cases of nappy rash, the symptoms generally go away quickly if you follow these hygiene steps:
• Give your baby a fresh nappy as soon as possible after the old one has been soiled.
• Only use alcohol-free, fragrance-free baby wipes (or water) to clean the nappy area, wiping from front to back.
• Give your baby a bath once a day, but no more, to keep their skin clean but not dry it out.
• Dry your baby’s skin gently and thoroughly and, whenever you can, let fresh air get to the nappy area.
• Avoid products like soap, bubble bath, lotions or talcum powder.
From raising Katie, I’ve learnt that anything that comes into contact with your baby’s skin needs to be soft and gentle, which is why I chose to develop sleeping sacks made from 100 per cent cotton. All our Slumbersafe sleep sacks have been rigorously tested to ensure they will keep your little one’s skin as perfect as it is now. Contact us at Slumbersafe today to find out more.