All mothers feel confronted if their babies have nappy rash. What will people think? The first thing to realise is that nappy rash is not a sign of parental negligence.
Nappy rash is common and occurs whether you use cloth or disposable nappies . The baby's bottom is constantly exposed to urine and poos, and therefore the skin can become damp and irritated. Here's what you can do to prevent it:
- Change the nappy at each feed, or more frequently if redness is developing.
- Always clean the skin at change time, with either warm tap water, or sorbolene lotion (as opposed to sorbolene cream, although that is good too), and pat dry. Avoid using "nappy wipes" if your baby's skin is irritated or red, as they can be harsh.
- Give your baby some nappy-free time several times a day - but never leave her unattended on the bed or change table.
If a rash develops:
- Use a nappy rash cream like zinc and castor oil to soothe and protect the skin.
- If your baby's nappy rash is getting worse and not responding to the extra care suggested above, consult your child health nurse or doctor.
Reviewed & Edited By Sue Prescott and Lindy Danvers