If you’ve been following my Instagram and twitter lately you’ll know we’ve been battling the dreaded nappy rash in the Button home this week. It usually comes when BB is teething or poorly, and he’s been both!
If you know your little one struggles with the same, I’ve shared some advice I’ve picked up throughout BB’s childhood. If you aren’t sure about a rash your baby has developed, don’t take any chances!
What is Nappy Rash?
Nappy Rash is a skin irritation that’s incredibly common with babies, caused by the skin being in prolonged contact with wee or poo. It’s usually found where the nappy may rub against skin, and appears as red sore patches but can break down to a rash (raised fluid filled blisters) or even graze-like marks on the skin around the groin region, though it can also effect the top of the thighs.
How can I prevent Nappy Rash?
You can prevent nappy rash by making sure you keep on top of babies messy nappies — changing them as soon as they’ve done their business. That said, sometimes you can’t prevent it. Teething is a huge trigger for it in my son, and no amount of changing can prevent it when it hits — I’ve mentioned it on social media before, but when he’s teething he can go from lovely soft baby bum to red raw angry bum in as little as half an hour.
What can I do to soothe the symptoms?
Sudocrem is a staple of any parents arsenal, and in the fight against Nappy Rash it’s an invaluable asset. It coats the skin and forms a barrier against nappies as well as soothing the sores — I use Sudocrem every time I change BB. Metanium is what I use if Sudocrem doesn’t shift it, but as Metanium stains everything it touches (I have a yellow patch of carpet upstairs…) I don’t like using it too often.
Other commercial creams are available, but I don’t have experience using those!
Making sure that the sore area is kept clean and changing nappies right away is preferable. It isn’t always possible, so when you do change baby make sure they have a good swipe of barrier cream to keep them comfortable.
Cleaning the whole nappy area from front to back and making sure it’s dry afterwards helps keep the rash from spreading further. A daily bath is recommended too, so that the area gets a good cleaning at least once a day — just try not to irritate the area with bubble baths or lotions, as tempting as it may be.
I have used talcum power to ensure BB is dry at his worst, but only sparingly and I haven’t had any problems — the NHS website doesn’t recommend it however.
How long will it take to heal?
Nappy rash takes around three days to heal, or to start improving if you keep on top of it. If your baby doesn’t shown signs of getting any better than it’s worth visiting your GP or Health Visitor to get a little extra help.