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Nappy rash 101 with Sudocrem Skin and Baby care cream

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Nappy rash is extremely common and can happen at any time during your child’s nappy wearing stage. It can (literally) be a pain in the bottom! However, there are several things that you can do to try and keep it at bay and make life a little more comfortable for your child.

Firstly, keep in mind that every baby is unique, and the severity of nappy rash will vary. Some babies may not develop it at all. Some babies’ skin is more sensitive than others and their skin reacts differently to external factors. 

Understanding the cause of nappy rash is essential for dealing with it effectively (although sometimes babies will experience nappy rash for no obvious reason). It’s essentially an irritant caused by soiled or wet nappies, friction, and a lack of air circulation.

Having plenty of nappy-free time is extremely beneficial – allowing the skin to breathe can truly work wonders. Remember to never leave your baby unattended. 

Keeping your baby’s nappy clean is critical. Regular nappy changes are recommended especially after the baby urinates or has a bowel movement. Wash your hands before and after you do so.

Wipe your baby’s bottom from front to back and make sure it’s completely dry before putting on a nappy. Apply a light, easy-to-rub barrier cream like Sudocrem Skin and Baby Care Cream to the skin at every nappy change, not just when they have a rash. Protecting your baby’s bottom from the start can help to prevent nappy rash and soothe it if it develops. 

Make sure you use the correct size nappies for your baby and don’t put them on too tightly. This can cause friction and irritation, redness, and a sore bottom. You may need to try a few different brands and/or sizes of nappies before you find the one that fits your baby perfectly.

If the nappy rash doesn’t get better within a few days, spreads further, becomes oozy, or if your baby develops a fever this could be a sign of infection. Seek medical advice from a doctor/ paediatrician. 

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