Tak­ing the sting out of nappy rash!

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

Welcome to PD’s weekly com­ment fea­ture. This week’s con­trib­u­tor is Michelle Vo­grinec, mum of three, cre­ator of GAIA Nat­u­ral Baby, MD of GAIA Skin Nat­u­ral Aus­tralia.

NAPPY rash is caused by germs on the baby’s skin to­gether with the high level of am­mo­nia of­ten found in urine. Nap­pies can rub ir­ri­tated skin and fur­ther ex­ac­er­bate. Teething, sick­ness and gen­eral sen­si­tiv­ity can all lead to nappy rash. As al­ways preven­tion is bet­ter than a cure. To min­imise nappy rash, here are some sug­ges­tions:

• Change nappy of­ten to en­cour­age fresh, clean skin.

• Pro­mote “nappy free” time.

• When wash­ing baby, check the skin folds and don’t rub in­flamed ar­eas. Use a soap and sul­phate free cleanser.

• Gen­tly pat skin dry and ap­ply a corn­starch based baby pow­der to aid in keep­ing the area dry and clean.

• Use al­co­hol-free baby wipes when clean­ing bub at nappy change. Also opt for those with added mois­tur­is­ing in­gre­di­ents.

• Choose a sooth­ing bar­rier cream with zinc to help keep damp­ness away and ap­ply by gen­tly pat­ting onto bot­tom area.

• If us­ing cloth nap­pies, en­sure these are washed in laun­dry liq­uids suit­able for sen­si­tive skin. Add a cup of white vine­gar to the fi­nal rinse cy­cle of your wash to break down any left­over soap residue (also keeps nap­pies soft).

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