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Causes of nappy rash
In most cases, nappy rash is caused when your baby’s skin becomes irritated due to prolonged contact with faeces and urine. ‘Over time, the urea and nitrogen in his waste react together to form ammonia – creating that distinct wee smell – which then irritates his skin,’ says Dr Griffiths.
Most babies will get nappy rash at some point. If your baby has diarrhoea, this may cause nappy rash, while poos and wees after very acidic foods like fruit can also inflame skin. Sometimes the rash can be caused by a yeast called candida, which thrives in moist, warm areas like the nappy.
‘It can also be triggered by an allergy to the chemicals in disposable nappies, such as sodium polyacrylate, which is the absorbent gel, or the fabric conditioners used to wash reusable ones, so try different types and brands,’ says Anne.
Six nappy rash treatments for a happy bum:
Oats are full of antioxidants that soothe skin irritation and inflammation. To make a fast oat soak for your tot, blitz 100g oats into a fine powder. Test that the oats are fine enough by adding a small amount to a glass of warm water - they should dissolve and turn the water a milky white colour. Add to your baby's bathwater and stir until dissolved.
1) Run an oat bath
Budget nappies are brilliant, and can be as kind to your baby's bottom as they are to your purse, but if you're finding it hard to keep your tot's bum rash-free, then it's worth paying extra for an über-absorbent nappy for nighttime. Using one or two nappies a night, the pack will last for ages!
2) Go premium
As your tots gets increasingly mobile, it's inevitable that the friction between her nappy and her skin increases, too. Just as some brands of jeans fit your bum like a glove, some nappy brands suit certain baby body shapes more than others. If you spot any signs that a nappy rubs, pinch a nappy from all your mum-friends and see if another fits your tot better.
3) Experiment with nappy brands
Post-bath, get into the habit of gently patting, or just holding the towel against your tot's skin, rather than rubbing it dry. Lay her on her tummy so you can dry those chubby creases where water may be trapped, too.
4) Pat her dry
If anyone else changes your little one's nappy, check their changing routine matches yours. If you know you're using the same products and ensuring she's dry, this consistency makes it so much easier to pinpoint a problem.
Giving your baby as much nappy-free time as possible will allow the fresh air to get to her skin, and keep it as dry as possible, while giving it a break from the friction of a nappy. A washable playmat where she can play with a bare bum is your best friend in the battle against nappy rash!
6) Ditch the nappy
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