What are the causes & symptoms of Nappy Rash?
With one-third of nappy-wearing babies suffering from Nappy Rash, this is the leading cause of this skin condition. But that is not the only cause of Nappy rash:
> The contact of your baby's skin with urine/faeces
> The nappy area not cleaned/changed often enough
> Soap, detergent or bubble bath
> Alcohol based baby wipes
Then, the symptoms of the nappy rash of your baby depend on its severity:
> Mild - the nappy area is covered in pink/red rash, with spots or blemishes. Your baby should only feel a stinging sensation when there is urine or faeces.
> Severe - Babies, in a severe nappy rash, experience more painful feeling, making them distressed and uncomfortable with bright red spots, dry/cracked/broken skin and swelling/ulcers & blisters on the skin
The diaper rash can spread until the legs or even to the abdomen making your baby being irritable and crying more often.
However, most cases of nappy rash are only producing mild symptoms, but if you think your baby has a severe nappy rash, you should contact your GP/Nurse/Dermatologist who will be able to help you on the first right step to treat your baby's skin condition.
How to treat Nappy Rash?
Five steps are essential in treating the mild nappy rash of you baby:
1. Take off the nappy as long as possible. This will help the diaper area to stay dry and minimise the contact with urine & faeces.
3. Barrier nappy cream. Use a skincare barrier cream as Cicabio Crème
that will act as protection between your baby's skin and urine/faeces, while treating & repairing his/her nappy area.
4. Change baby's nappy. As soon as your baby's nappy become wet or soil, change it, more than you frequently do to minimise the time of contact with the diaper area.
5. Type of nappy. In a Nappy rash period, you should consider changing your usual nappy brand for a highly absorbent one.
In the case of a severe Nappy Rash, your GP will be the one to consult to know which treatment or medication is adapted for your baby's skin condition.
What can I do to prevent Nappy rash?
Prevent Nappy Rash goes by following a good skincare routine, such as the one you would do to treat mild Diaper rash:
> Take off the nappy as long as possible
> Change baby's nappy as often as possible
> Do not use powders when you change your baby (talcum powders for example)