You might notice your baby's skin becoming red, puffy and tender in the area where they wear their nappy - around the buttocks, thighs and genitals. You may also notice changes in your baby's behaviour - they may seem moody and more uncomfortable than usual, especially during nappy changes. They may even fuss or cry when the nappy area is washed or touched.
First, don't panic! Nappy Rash is extremely common amongst babies, and although many parents feel as though they have done something wrong when their little one suffers from it - you haven't. Your baby's skin is naturally sensitive and you can help treat and prevent nappy rash with a few simple steps and Bepanthen® Ointment.
Nappy rash is usually limited to the area covered by the nappy and is caused by irritants such as urine and faeces coming into repeated contact with the skin. This is made worse by a tight nappy which both rubs and stops the air circulating.
While frequent nappy changes help to prevent nappy rash from occurring, there are times when your baby might be more vulnerable to nappy rash such as:
Any of these factors can trigger the onset of nappy rash.
Nappy rash is extremely common amongst babies, and no matter what precautions you take to make sure your little one is comfortable, there are some instances where you simply cannot prevent it.
You can however take measures to minimise your baby's chances of developing nappy rash:
It's best to use plain water or use a baby wash that is gentle, mild and soap-free.
Help treat and protect baby’s skin with Bepanthen® Ointment at every nappy change
Bepanthen® Ointment has a unique dual action to help treat and prevent nappy rash.
First it helps to protect against nappy rash and keep the skin hydrated by providing a long lasting invisible, breathable and waterproof barrier. This helps to protect baby’s skin from the irritants that cause nappy rash.
Second, unlike some other nappy rash creams, Bepanthen® Ointment contains Pro-Vitamin B5 which helps the skin to maintain and repair its natural barrier from within. Bepanthen® Ointment is specifically formulated for baby's sensitive skin.
A clinical study1 has shown that using Bepanthen® Ointment to help protect baby’s skin at every nappy change leads to a lower incidence of nappy rash.
Bepanthen® Ointment is free from all colours, fragrances and preservatives, so it’s the gentle choice to help treat and prevent baby’s nappy rash.
1. Putet G. et al. Realites Pediatriques 2001; 63:33-38