Preventing Nappy Rash | Singapore (the organic way)
Nappy rash is a skin condition that causes babies’ skin to become red and sore on the buttocks and nearby areas.
It is usually caused by wet dirty nappies touching and rubbing the skin. The rash can worsen if the skin gets infected, or if it is even more irritated by urine, faeces, soap or detergent.
Nappy rash can be mild and clear up easily with home care, or it can be more severe and need medical treatment. Severe nappy rash is more widespread and there may be open, weepy sores.
Here are some things you can do to help protect your baby.
- Try to minimize the amount of time that a wet nappy is against your baby’s skin.
- Use very absorbent disposable nappies – these will absorb more fluid than cloth nappies and keep the skin drier.
- If you use cloth nappies, change them every 2 hours and avoid nappy liners.
- Do not use plastic over-pants.
- Let your baby have some time without a nappy each day, if possible.
Cleansing your baby’s skin
- Avoid harsh baby wipes or antiseptic with alcohol – these can irritate your baby’s skin.
- To wipe your baby’s skin clean, use plain lukewarm water on cotton wool or a soft cloth wipe or bamboo wipe.
- When you bathe your baby, avoid ordinary soap. Instead, use use a gentle & mild bath wash suitable for babies.
- Don’t use talcum powder on your baby’s nappy rash. Consider talc-free powder.
Barrier creams and ointments
- Every time you change your baby’s nappy, use a protective cream or ointment that contains zinc.
- When you use creams and ointments, apply a thick layer on the skin under the nappy so that the wet nappy will not be able to touch your baby’s skin.
Ask your Doctor, Child and Family Health nurse, or Pharmacist for advice.