Nappy Rash...And How To Solve It
Nappy rash is a catch-all term for any rash in the nappy area - it could be a sweat rash, it could be thrush or even a reaction to your washing detergent.
It is however, usually caused by a reaction to the chemicals produced when urine and faeces react together - the bacteria in the poo causes the urine to break down into ammonia and being caustic, this irritates your baby's skin, causing the redness and sores known as nappy rash.
Now while nappy rash is pretty normal and usually easily treatable, tt can get bad - even to the point of open, weeping sores if left untreated. So read on and we'll give you some pointers to avoid that.
Luckily, treating nappy rash is pretty straight forward:
Change frequently. Don't allow your baby to sit in a wet or dirty nappy for too long. And while a nappy rash is healing, you may even need to change every couple of hours.
Wipe thoroughly. You can give a decent clean with only water, but you may need to use a mild soap or baby oil to remove stubborn soiling. Using water only though will ensure that you don't further irritate the skin.
Use a barrier cream. If the rash doesn't improve - mild cases will usually improve within a day or two - then you may need to use a barrier cream. This prevents the nasties from reaching the skin so quickly. Our favourite is the Baby Soothe Butter one from Hugs for Kids.
Here's a simple infographic which sums it all up.
This should be all you need for a mild case of nappy rash but if it appears more severe, then see your doctor.
It is also possible that your baby has thrush which usually presents as a bright red rash that may not be confined to the nappy area. It will also be more painful for your baby and they will let you know about it.
Again, if you suspect thrush, you should see your doctor.
All in all, nappy rash is annoying but not the end of the world and like everything with babies, is best treated with love, compassion and a clear head.