All mums and dads dread nappy rash. As parents, we would do ANYTHING to prevent our little ones from suffering from it.


What is it?


Nappy Rash is something most babies will suffer from at least once before they turn two and it is caused by a reaction between your baby’s urine and bacteria (mainly if your baby has been left in a wet or dirty nappy for too long) that form ammonia. This can cause a burning sensation if the nappy is not changed quickly. 


And naturally, your little one will be very irritable and uncomfortable should a rash appear. 


This nappy-nightmare can be a challenge for parents but don't fret, there are many things you can do to treat and prevent it. 


How do you prevent it from happening?


We've listed some tried-and-tested methods below that should keep the nappy rash at bay and have baby (and parents!) smiling again.


1. Use a medicated powder, such as Caldesene Powder


This one’s a godsend! Caldesene powder is a medicated baby powder for the treatment and prevention of nappy rash. It soothes baby’s skin, targeting harmful bacteria. Working as a moisture barrier, this handy product comes in 3 sizes, 20g, 55g and 100g. For an on-the-go-option, Caldespray is the perfect choice for busy mums and dads on the move. The no-rub system means you don’t need to irritate your baby even further by rubbing and protects against the spread of bacteria. With an easy spray-and-go application, the clever little bottle contains around 125 sprays.


2. Let their bums breathe!


Babies love to be naked. You can see their little eyes light up once they are free from the restrictions of clothing. Nappy rash can be relieved by removing all their attire and letting them roam free for as long as you can. Make the room cosy and allow them to enjoy some time au naturale!


3. Avoid acidic foods in their diet



If your child is at a fruit-eating age, avoid fruit and fruit juice. These have a high acidic content and agitate the nappy rash or give your baby discomfort. Here are a few things to leave off the menu:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Citrus Fruits
  3. Pineapple
  4. Grapes
  5. Raisins
  6. Apples
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears

4. Avoid Wet Wipes


Use water only to clean your baby’s bottom! Try not to make too much contact with the rash while you clean, a quick bath is a good idea after changing (followed by some bare bum time if possible!)

TOP TIP: Instead of wiping dry, pat your baby’s bottom dry gently to avoid further discomfort.


5. Clean Hands are key!


Give yours a good wash before and after changing baby! This will prevent the rash from coming into contact with infection and bacteria. 


Good luck mums and dads!

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For topical use only. Cleanse and dry the area before applying. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. The active ingredient in Caldesene Medicated Powder is Calcium Undecylenate 10% w/w, 20g, 55g, 100g pack size. CaldeSpray contains Zinc oxide 10%, 100ml pack size. Clonmel Healthcare Ltd, Waterford Road, Clonmel , Co. Tipperary.
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With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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