Almost all babies suffer from nappy rash in some form during their time wearing nappies – as a mum, it can feel inevitable. Seeing your baby’s perfectly peachy bottom turn red raw and sore can be heartbreaking, especially when you’ve been taking care of it as best you can during nappy changes.
But, there are lots of nappy rash creams available to buy that will help clear up that red botty.
There are three different types of nappy rash cream available, and it’s important to know the difference so that you buy the best one to look after your baby’s bottom:
Use a barrier cream as a preventative measure in your daily nappy changing routine, as long as your baby’s skin is intact. Once your tot’s bum is completely dry, apply a super-thin layer before popping on her nappy.
If the skin on your tot’s bum looks dry, itchy or scaly, then an emollient will help to get her skin back into a state where it can deal with the onslaught of all the poo and wee. They soothe, smooth and hydrate the skin, but you’ll need to reapply frequently.
If that nappy rash is starting to look a little worse, then apply twice a day until the rash resolves. It’ll help to soothe your tot’s skin as it gets to work on the bacteria, so it’ll quickly help her feel more comfortable too.
If your baby has a Candidal nappy rash, the infection will need to be treated with an anti-fungal cream. Get your GP’s advice first – they’ll be able to identify if it is indeed a fungal infection. If you want to buy it over the counter, you’ll probably have to speak to the pharmacist first to make sure you’re getting the best product.
Find out more about the different types of nappy rash in our essential guide here
When you should ring your GP
If your baby’s nappy rash isn’t clearing up after using a general nappy rash cream, if it’s getting worse, or if it’s bleeding and looking infected, then book an appointment with your GP to get it checked out. They can do a test to find out if the rash is infected and advise you on the best course of action.
Which are the best nappy rash creams?
Check out the best nappy rash creams you can buy today and pop them in your online shopping basket now: