Nappy Rash: A Survival Guide

When it comes to nappy rash, we’ve been pretty fortunate. I’ve heard stories of (and seen) some awful cases amongst my friends’ babies. The reality is that all nappy wearers are, at some stage, probably going to suffer a case of it. Did you know at any one time, up to a third of all babies and toddlers in nappies have it? So how do you treat nappy rash? And even more importantly, how do you protect your child against it?

Nappy Rash: A Survival Guide

1. Get Naked

Interestingly, nappy rash doesn’t seem to occur in cultures where nappies aren’t worn. What does this tell us? That airing your baby’s bottom is a great way to prevent and treat nappy rash. By airing their bottom you’re allowing the skin to dry out naturally and removing any further irritations that may anger the existing rash. Try and make it a part of your daily routine, either with nappy free time (it’s easiest in the garden!), before bath time or, if your baby is still tiny, then laid on a towel during play or even sleep.

2. Keep It Simple

If you’re trying to treat nappy rash then resist the urge to add products and soaps to your little one’s bath. Instead, use lukewarm water to bathe the area gently. Soaps and bath products tend to dry the skin further and could lead to further irritation. Once you’ve bathed them, pat the area dry gently or allow them to air dry if possible. Do the same when changing nappies – look at switching your wet wipes to sensitive or use cotton wool and warm water. If you’re looking at add extra soothing power, add a chamomile tea bag to the water for a natural remedy.

3. Change Often

Whilst there are many things that can cause nappy rash, it’s universally agreed that the irritation of being in dirty nappies is a leading cause. Changing your child’s nappy more frequently than normal will help reduce the time they spend with urine against their skin. It’s easy, especially with today’s nappies to leave your child in them for a longer period of time because they don’t feel wet. Try setting a reminder on your phone to change them frequently throughout the day during a bad period.

4. Seek Medical Help

If your little one is suffering nappy rash that doesn’t seem to go away, it’s time to seek advice from the professionals. It may be that there’s an underlying cause or that it’s not actually nappy rash but an eczema or allergy. Your doctor will be able to help you determine this and prescribe any stronger treatments if necessary.

5. Remember… Protection Is Better Than Cure

When it comes to protecting against nappy rash, we’ve found there’s no better choice than Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment. A barrier cream designed specifically for the sensitivities of your baby’s skin, it’s breathable, gentle and free from fragrance, preservatives and colourants. Put it on after you’ve cleaned your baby’s bottom to help protect it from the irritation a wet or dirty nappy can cause, especially overnight. It’s non-sticky and soaks in really quickly so you don’t need to worry about them being uncomfortable. It also contains Pro Vitamin B5 which helps aid skin’s natural recovery.. what’s not to love?!


Thanks to my fellow nappy rash sufferers for their hints and tips on dealing with nappy rash; Sophie, Helen, Carrie and Sarah.


  • Nicola | Mummy to Dex 6th September 2017 at 7:20 am

    Great tips! Dex has been very lucky in that he has only had one case of nappy rash. I tried so many cures then realised I was making it worse by not keeping the area nice and dry.

    Naked bum time is fun! Especially when they wee everywhere!! My advice is to lay LOTS of towels down!

    • DevonMamaOnline 7th September 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Towels are a definite must!! I didn’t mind so much when we had awful carpet but now we’ve got nice new ones I’m not risking it!

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