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What causes a nappy rash?
Waiting too long to change a dirty nappy is one of the most common causes of a nappy rash. If your baby is prone to experience frequent diarrhoea, it is important to change his or her nappy as soon as possible. If the nappy is left on for too long, it will cause definite irritation of your baby’s sensitive skin. Not cleaning everything right the first time can also contribute to nappy rash. If you miss a spot every now and again – don’t panic. If this is a regular occurrence, it could, however, be one of the reasons that your baby is experiencing a nappy rash. Make sure to thoroughly clean your baby before you put on a new fresh nappy.
A particular nappy you use can cause or influence the severity of your babies rash. If you are using a nappy that seems to be contributing to your baby’s rash, try using a nappy with a softer surface, an organic brand or a nappy free from harsh chemicals.
Fabric softener residues and washing detergents can be full of harsh toxins that can cause a severe reaction to your baby’s skin. Be sure to give any new items or clothing a quick wash before you put it on or around your baby and check the ingredients on the products your using. If the names of the ingredients seem foreign it may be worth changing to a child friendly brand free from chemicals.
Specific foods can contribute to your baby’s nappy rash as well as your baby transitioning between new foods. This can be hard to avoid, although citrus has been known to at times become an irritant.
Baby wipes you use could also play a part in nappy rashes. Some alcohol-based, chemical filled or fragranced wipes can be the cause of your babies nappy rash. If your baby has sensitive skin or is experiencing an unexplained nappy rash, try to leave the baby wipes for a while and use a wash cloth with fresh water and see if the rash subsides. Also start your hunt for wipes without all the nasties. Wotnot is our brand of choice and you can find these in our store.
In the first few days, your baby will need changing about 12 times a day. After this, for the first few weeks, they’ll still poo several times a day and wet at least six nappies. It is important to not leave them sitting in a nappy too long as this may effect the skin and lead to uncomfortable nappy rash.