Prevent sore baby bottoms

If your babies nappy area is irritated or red, there is no reason to panic. But it is important to react, as your child could be in pain.
Nappy rash is one of the most common skin problems suffered by babies and toddlers. Various symptoms can indicate nappy rash, such as redness, scaly skin, weeping areas or spots in the nappy area.
Although nappy rash occurs quite frequently and is not dangerous in itself, a sore bottom is very painful for babies and may involve a risk of infection.

How does nappy rash emerge?

Irritation in the nappy area may occur for many reasons. The damp, warm conditions under nappies provide the ideal conditions for it. Body heat, urine and faeces irritate the skin in the nappy. This is the ideal condition for fungus and bacteria.
Friction of the skin on the nappy itself can lead to additional discomfort.
Allergies and intolerances can also cause nappy rash in babies, which can be intensified by the mentioned conditions.
For example, your child may have an intolerance for certain ingredients in the baby wipes or cream you are using, such as perfume or alcohol.

Preventing nappy rash

You can prevent nappy rash on a daily basis:

  • Don’t use nappies as often as possible. Let your child sleep, run around and play without a nappy at home. The fresh air will keep the sensitive skin dry, but make sure that the room temperature is high enough so that your child does not catch a chill!
  • Change your baby's nappy more frequently and clean his or her bottom carefully, for instance using a cloth and warm water. Baby wipes which are free from perfume and fragrance are a suitable alternative.
  • Dry the nappy region thoroughly and make sure there is no moisture remaining in the skin folds. Protect the sensitive nappy area with a gentle nappy cream before putting on a new nappy, e.g. Little Lino Nappy Cream.
  • The stool produced by breastfed babies does not usually irritate baby skin, so breastfeeding is a type of preventive measure.

Tip for breastfeeding mothers: Avoid eating acidic fruits and vegetables, hot spices and chocolate when breastfeeding. These foods make your baby's urine and stool more acidic and this may cause skin irritation.

The correct treatment for nappy rash

If you have already noticed that your baby has nappy rash, his or her sore bottom will need special care in order to recover. The above preventive measures also work well when treating light nappy rash.
An additional nappy rash balm will soothe the skin and combat inflammation. The irritation will usually disappear after a few days. You will not need to visit a paediatrician in this case.

It is a different matter when a bacterial inflammation is the cause of the nappy rash. Pustules, blisters and even bleeding would indicate this. If this is the case, medication may be required.
Persistent dermatitis which does not improve despite all of the measures should be examined by a paediatrician or dermatologist in order to rule out infections or allergies.

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