As a parent it can be very unsettling when your baby is unwell, or upset. As a new parent, it’s even worse as you are not sure how to make them better!
One of the most common conditions a baby can have is nappy rash. A common rash on a baby’s bottom, it is caused by the skin being in contact with urine and faeces. The severity can vary between infants, with some more susceptible than others. While it is not 100% avoidable for all infants, there are ways you can avoid or minimise the risk.
Let’s dive into learning ways you can help your baby avoid nappy rash and treatments if it does occur.
While nappy rash isn’t 100% preventable, you can lower the chance of your baby suffering from it. One of the most important things you can do is to keep their bottom dry. This is done through regular nappy changes and patting their skin dry as you change their nappy. Other ways of reducing their change of developing nappy rash include:
First up, you need to identify if the rash is mild or severe. A mild rash should clear up within three days just by treating the symptoms yourself. A severe rash which is spreading, worsening or causing distress in your baby will need a visit to the doctor.
You can treat nappy rash at home by:
When your baby starts eating solids, introduce one food at a time. This lets you see which, if any, food flares up their nappy rash and stops you guessing in the dark! Remember one of the best things you can do with your baby’s cloth nappies is to line dry them in the sun.
And don’t forget, we have NZ’s best range of cloth nappies in our online nappy shop!
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