Preventing and managing nappy rash

Nappies are a natural part of life with babies, but nappy rash doesn’t have to be. If you’ve ever watched as your baby endured painful nappy rash, you’ll know just how heartrending it can be – especially when nothing seems to fix it! What can you do?

We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful information covering many aspects of children’s health and development. We hope you’ll find them a great resource as you take care of your family every day.

Preventing and managing nappy rash

  • Change your baby’s nappy after each feed at the very least.
  • Clean your baby’s bottom with chemical-free, alcohol-free baby wipes, or dry wipes and warm water every time you change the nappy. Pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Give your baby some nappy-free time several times a day. You could let them kick for a few minutes without a nappy at nappy change time – but don’t leave them unattended on the change table.
  • To protect your baby’s bottom, you could apply a thick layer of zinc and castor oil cream, or a natural product such as paw paw ointment, a few times a day, especially before long sleeps – or at every nappy change if their bottom is slightly red. If this doesn’t improve then see your pharmacist or Child Health Nurse.
  • If using modern cloth nappies, follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning.
  • If using disposable nappies, it is recommended to use good quality nappies, which usually do not irritate the skin.

This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.

(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)

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