A baby’s skin is liable to become red, sore, puffy and tender around the hips, thighs and genitals where they put on the nappy. This can also lead to mood swings in your infant as he is may become fussy and feel discomfort particularly during nappy changes. A baby may even start crying when you wash his or her bottom or touch it. All of us have seen it – it’s just a nappy rash.
First and foremost, nappy rash is not something to be terrified of since it is a common phenomenon among infants. There are parents who feel that they have wronged their baby by making him wear the diaper for such long periods of time. However, that is not the case at all. An infant’s skin is naturally sensitive and can be protected from nappy rashes with a few precautions and with the help of Benpanthen Nappy Rash.
Causes of Nappy Rash
Nappy rash takes place around the area that is enclosed by the nappy and is caused by irritants such as urine and poo that come into constant contact with the baby’s skin. This is exacerbated by the overly tight nappy that consistently rubs against the infant’s sensitive skin and prevents the apt circulation of air in the bottom region.
Frequently changing the nappy can prevent nappy rash from developing. However, there are times when infants are vulnerable to nappy rash such as:
- If premature
- Post-vaccination recovery
- During medication
- Upset stomach
- Sensitive skin
- Change in diet
A nappy rash can be caused by any of the above factors.
How to Prevent Nappy Rash?
Nappy rash is a common phenomenon among babies. No matter how much precautions you take to ensure that your baby remains protected from nappy rash, there are some situations that are simply unavoidable.
However, there are certain precautions that you can take to slash the probability of your baby contracting a nappy rash:
- Change your infant’s nappy frequently to reduce exposure of your baby’s skin to urine and poo
- Wash your infant’s bottom well with warm water and wipe it down with cotton wool after changing and pat the skin dry rather than rubbing it up
- Leave the baby without the nappy for extended periods of time if possible
- Avoid using tight apparel and nappies since they prevent appropriate circulation of air
- A protective ointment such as A+D Nappy Rash Cream can also be used at every diaper change particularly at bedtime as it comes with an invisible, waterproof and breathable formula to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier against irritation