There are a few things that you hear from parents about parenting before you embark on the wonderful journey yourself, but until you are faced with some of these little problems, you’ll never completely understand the stress they can cause you and your baby!
LET’S TALK ABOUT NAPPY RASH, WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES BABY GET IT?
It doesn’t matter how well you look after baby’s bottom, nappy rash is part the parenting package.
It’s going to happen at some point of your newborn’s life and beyond and for those parents that already have a little bundle of joy, you probably know what I’m talking about!
The most common cause of nappy rash is prolonged contact with wetness. The longer your baby’s bottom has contact with a wet or soiled nappy, the higher the risk is for baby to develop nappy rash.
There are many other causes of nappy rash that include:
- sensitive skin
- skin conditions eg: eczema or psoriasis
- chafing and or rubbing
- lotions, soaps or bubble bath
- baby wipes
- diarrhoea or other illness
- wearing plastic pants that stop airflow
SO, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Nappy rash can be a little overwhelming to look at. Your baby could have little red inflamed patches or the whole area could be red. Your baby’s skin might feel hot to touch and will more than likely be sore when you wipe it. There could also be pimples, spots and or blisters.
HOW TO PREVENT NAPPY RASH
Preventing nappy rash in the first place is the best way to deal with it. However the chances are, that you and bub will still likely experience nappy rash at some point during your early parenthood journey. Here are some handy hints to help with nappy rash prevention:
- CHANGE – Make sure you change your baby’s wet or soiled nappy ASAP! Young babies should be changed 10-12 times per day and older babies 6-8 times per day.
- CLEAN – Ensure you always clean the whole nappy area when changing your baby and always wipe back to front. (If your baby has nappy rash, it best to use cotton wool soaked in lukewarm water to prevent further irritation to their sore and inflamed skin or all natural baby wipes). Don’t forget to thoroughly pat dry.
- NAPPY CHOICE – Disposable Nappies are designed to prevent nappy rash with their superabsorbent material that pulls moisture away from the skin. If you’re a cloth nappy user, make sure you use a nappy liner and above all, avoid using plastic pants as they restrict airflow.
- FRESH AIR – As often as possible, let your baby’s skin breath. You can lie baby on a towel without a nappy and let their skin get some fresh air.
SO HOW DO YOU TREAT NAPPY RASH?
Treating nappy rash with a nappy rash or barrier cream is the first step you will have to take. With so many choices, it’s hard to know which one is the right one to choose. We recently reviewed the Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream and there are so many things to love about this cream. Here are just some of the things we loved:
- Firstly, it’s 100% natural and is made with certified organic ingredients.
- Gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin but still effective to use on nappy rash.
- It’s a rich moisturising cream that both soothes and hydrates the skin.
- Ideal for all ages and skin types, including newborns.
- It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm and may assist with a range of skin irritations
Containing aloe vera, shea butter and avocado oil, the Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream helps to calm your baby delicate skin, relieving irritation and redness. With the added healing benefits of Calendula and Rosewood oil, it can also help to quicken the renewal of damaged skin cells.
Not only is the Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream great for nappy rash, it’s also an extremely versatile cream and can be used for treating sunburn, minor cuts as well as dry and itchy skin.
We had 2 mum’s review Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream and here’s what they had to say:
“My daughter has had nappy rash most of her childhood as she has super sensitive skin and it gets very blotchy and sore between nappy changes. I was given the Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream and was doubtful at first that it would be effective. I’m happy to report though I was happily mistaken. I loved that this cream is easy to apply. It’s not a sticky cream and it glides on very easily which really helped with her bad flare ups. It absorbs into the skin really well and seemed to soothe her rather quickly. I was also delighted that I could use on her grazes as there are still a lot of falls when we are out playing. It’s a great cream with many uses and I would recommend this to all parents”.
“My son is 8mths old and I am extremely fussy with the products I use on his skin as he has eczema. I typically purchase only organic products and was delighted to be given the opportunity to test and review the Organic Intensive Soothing Cream by Little Innoscents. Let me start with the packaging, it super cute and bright and with the wooden look flip lid, it even looks organic. The cream itself is super easy to apply and is not sticky like some of the other brands I have used. I was impressed with the way it absorbed into the skin and didn’t leave any sticky residue feeling. I used this on bub’s bottom as well as the areas he was scratching and was impressed that it soothed the skin. For anyone that wants to use an organic and natural product to treat nappy rash or itchy skin conditions, I would highly recommend the Organic Intensive Soothing Cream by Little Innoscents. I will definitely be purchasing this product and can’t wait to try other products within the Little Innoscents range”.
Little Innoscents skincare range is made in Australia with natural and certified organic ingredients. Products are cruelty-free, certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and have been trusted by Australian mums for over 10 years. You can purchase Little Innoscents Organic Intensive Soothing Cream from littleinnoscents.com.au, Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and Big W.
If your baby has a rash that doesn’t go away, its best to consult with your paediatrician, doctor, pharmacist or child health nurse for further advice.