What can you do about nappy rash?

Let’s take a look at nappy rash.  The bad thing about it is that you, Dear Mum, are going to feel, well, bad about it.  Firstly, let’s banish ‘bad’ – whether you use disposable or washable nappies, it is highly likely that at some point or another, your Little One is going to suffer a bout of nappy rash.

The cause? Those beastly bacteria in wee and poo which are encouraged by the baby’s body warmth to reproduce. Result: soreness and itchiness, and a grumpy Little One (not surprisingly). Little Ones have extremely delicate skin, they often suffer from diarrhoea (which is wetter and spreads across skin more easily than usual), or some sort of reaction to a product or fabric, any or all of which can cause nappy rash.

What does nappy rash look like? Red patches form on the surface of the skin, sometimes with slightly raised areas and/or spots, within the area covered by a nappy. 

Prevention? A dry bottom! Try to let your Little One wander nappy-free whenever possible. Make sure nappies are changed when they are soiled, and that your Little One’s skin is clean and rinsed in every nook and cranny.  A bath with Little Herbs’ protective Bathe Baba does the job very well and very gently. A quick word about baby wipes: we’re not keen on commercial baby wipes because a lot of quite harsh chemicals are used to both manufacture them and keep them ‘fresh’ but if you have to use them, and sometimes they’re very convenient, try to buy ones that are alcohol and ‘fragrance’ free.

Once clean and dry, apply a thin layer of Little Herbs’ Baby Balm.  It is brilliant at creating a barrier so that acidic wetness doesn’t penetrate the skin. Baby Balm is based on organic sunflower oil which has been medically proven to enhance the natural protection your Little One’s skin; added beeswax helps this process and to make it stay where it’s put!

And the rash? That too can be banished by a slick of Baby Balm. The three herbs we use, calendula, chickweed and chamomile, are all classic skin healers and protectors. They will do their work in a kindly way within two to four days, helping healthy cells repair the delicate skin layers. If the rash persists, consult your Health Visitor or medical practice.