Nappy rush - Learn to deal with it!
For us as parents, understanding why nappy rash occurs? How to treat nappy rash in newborns? Do's and Don'ts when your baby is suffering from it. Can teething cause these rashes? And what are the best creams and soaps to use on bubs skin to avoid the irritation in the nappy area is an extensive list but apparent concerns.
Considering our own experiences as mums and talking to GP's we are here to break down your doubts and give you all the needed information to protect your bubs from those nasty nappy rashes.
Let's start by understanding what causes nappy rash:
· A more extended stay in Wet nappies: When a baby stays longer in a wet nappy, their wee and poo, which certainly have a chemical called ammonia, make their skin irritate and lead to redness and rashes.
· Soaps and Lotions: The product you are using might not be suitable for bubs skin or might have chemicals that might trigger itching and soreness.
· Laundry Liquid: If you are using reusable nappies, there are chances that laundry powder and liquid remains don't wash off in the nappies, which also causes rashes.
· Diarrhea and teething: If your baby is suffering from diarrhea or doing several stools in a day, the occurrence of nappy rash is quite common. Teething is also considered a cause of the nappy rash. Still, studies say that these two are not directly connected, and the main reason these are related is as the baby starts solids and goes through several developmental stages. If the teething happens during these periods, there are chances to see a nappy rash with an increased number of stools.
· Antibiotics: The job of antibiotics is to kill the bacteria so the infections don’t spread. This also includes the dropping of good bacteria in our body. So, if the baby, for some reason, is under medication and taking antibiotics or breastfeeding mother is on antibiotics, there are chances to develop thrush, and eventually, this will lead to nappy rash.
How to treat nappy rash and what not to do when it occurs:
As newborn skin is very much prone to suffer from nappy rash. Following the below steps will keep you and your baby away from worsening the rashes.
· Consider using disposable nappies at least until the rash reduces. If you like to be environmentally friendly, there are several eco-friendly brands, and you can try those when you buy our nappy bundle, all in one set.
· Clean the nappy area with water-based and fragrance-free wipes like "CURASH" and let it air-dry before putting on the new nappy. Quick tip here is, for baby girls you should clean the bottom area from front to back angel not the vice versa, this reduces chances of catching infections as they are very prone to.
· Choose a good diaper rash cream like the one we included in our "ready to go - hospital bag" WELEDA organic calendula cream, and apply it in a way that you see the cream when you change the diaper next time.
If the rush is developing into broken skin and bleeding we highly recommend Mustela-Cicastela cream, it might be a little painful for the baby but we have seen that passed a few hours the healing effects of this cream are incredible, reducing redness and healing broken skin.
· Reduce giving citrus food items when a nappy rash appears as the poo may be stinky and irritate your baby's bum more.
· Let your baby have diaper-free time at least 30 mins a day to give that area good air exposure.
· Wash baby clothes well to avoid the detergent that remains on them.
If the rashes spread towards the belly or other parts of the baby's body or you can't find it reduced in a week or even see the skin peeling off or worsening, please don't hesitate to take medical advice.
Be prepared for these rashes as every baby will experience them at one or the other point in their infancy, even after utmost care.