HOW DO I TREAT IT?

Your Baby & Toddler - - The Dossier -

✓ Take baby’s nappy off and al­low her to lie bare-bum for a while – fresh air is an ex­cel­lent healer! Do this ev­ery so often.

✓ Keep on chang­ing her nappies as often as pos­si­ble.

✓ Use cot­ton wool and wa­ter to clean baby’s bum.

✓ Con­sider try­ing a dif­fer­ent brand of nappy – some­times there’s a mis­match be­tween child and nappy brand.

✓ Buy a good bum cream. Speak to your paed or phar­ma­cist.

✓ If your baby’s burn­ing bum doesn’t re­act to treat­ment within a day or two, she prob­a­bly has a fun­gal in­fec­tion such as thrush. Look for a white rash in her mouth that be­comes red when wiped. Fun­gal in­fec­tions can be treated with the help of your chemist – con­sider an­ti­fun­gal prod­ucts.

✓ If your baby has a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, your doc­tor can pre­scribe an­tibi­otics.

HOW DO I PRE­VENT IT?

✓ Change your baby’s nappy reg­u­larly (im­me­di­ately af­ter a bowel move­ment) and wash his bum with ev­ery change.

✓ Ap­ply a buf­fer cream with ev­ery change, but en­sure his bum is dry be­fore putting it on. It’s also im­por­tant to dis­tin­guish be­tween a buf­fer cream, which forms an ex­tra pro­tec­tive layer on baby’s skin, and a cream spe­cially for­mu­lated to treat burn­ing bums.

✓ Don’t fas­ten nappies too tightly – air needs to cir­cu­late down there.

✓ If your baby has a runny tummy, take ex­tra pre­ven­ta­tive care with a thick buf­fer cream con­tain­ing zinc ox­ide.

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