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Essential guide to nappy rash

31/01/2014 by Alexandra

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If your baby has nappy rash it can be a difficult problem to solve. In this guide we explain what nappy rash is and offer tips on how to prevent it.

Our Organic Babies range has a number of products specifically designed to help prevent nappy rash, nurturing and protecting your baby naturally.

What is nappy rash?

Nappy rash is when your baby’s bottom becomes inflamed, red, chapped and sore. Understandably your baby becomes uncomfortable, irritable and very unhappy.

Causes of nappy rash

It is very rare that a baby can go for 2-3 years wearing nappies and not get nappy rash, but some babies are more prone than others. If your baby has dry skin then its barrier properties will be impaired making it more vulnerable to nappy rash.

No matter how often you change your baby's nappy, even super absorbent nappies still hold some moisture next to your baby’s skin. This becomes warm and moist, and means your baby's bottom is susceptible to nappy rash.

" Chemicals from harsh perfumed soaps, creams and lotions can cause irritation and strip your baby’s skin of its natural protection. "

Your baby's nappy can also rub around their bottom and cause chafing and soreness.

Chemicals from harsh perfumed soaps, creams and lotions can cause irritation and strip your baby’s skin of its natural protection.

Ways to prevent nappy rash

  1. Change your baby’s nappy as soon as possible once wet.
  2. Clean your baby's bottom thoroughly in warm water each time you change them. You can add a few drops of an ultra mild and gentle natural baby wash which contains no SLS, parabens, harsh preservatives or synthetic fragrances.
  3. Dry the nappy area by gently patting the skin and try to let your baby stay out of nappies for as long as possible, so the air can fully dry your baby’s skin
  4. Use a gentle, effective barrier cream, made without synthetic fragrances and that is suitable for sensitive skin. Our organic Soothing Baby Salve contains water resistant beeswax which naturally protects your baby from dampness. It is also suitable for those who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. If your child is already prone to nappy rash, then try Nappy Cream Baby Balm which contains soothing Zinc oxide, whilst Beeswax protects from dampness to help prevent it from recurring
  5. Use nappies made from material that allows air to circulate and do not fasten too tightly, allowing your baby's bottom to breathe
  6. If you favour reusable nappies use non-biological, environmentally friendly washing powders and rinse thoroughly

What to do if nappy rash persists

If you are already following the steps above and nappy rash is still a problem, it could be triggered by other causes. Keep an eye on your baby’s general health as nappy rash can mean there is an underlying problem.

  1. Look for patterns; it could be triggered by certain detergents, foods that you have eaten if you are breastfeeding or foods that your baby has eaten, or even by hot weather
  2. Other causes can include teething, stomach upset, stress or food allergy
  3. To determine if it is a food allergy, only introduce one new food item at a time and wait several days until you introduce the next food type
  4. At home let your baby run free as much as possible and change your baby’s nappy as soon as it is wet
  5. Use plenty of Zinc oxide cream in all the creases of your baby's bottom. Organic Babies Nappy Cream Baby Balm not only contains the natural earth mineral Zinc oxide, but also organic Omega-6 from Hemp, organic Chamomile and organic Calendula which are plants known to soothe, calm and restore sore skin


If the symptoms persist, consult your health visitor, nurse or doctor. You may need other treatments which specifically deal with an infection.

If you wish to find out more about our natural and organic nappy cream products please get in touch. We are always happy to help so please call us on 01403 740350 or leave your comment or question below.

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