Understanding nappy rash & top 5 ways to treat it

Nappy rash is a common occurrence for our little ones that they will probably experience more than once in their lives. 

While it’s awful to see our babies in discomfort, this common skin inflammation can easily be treated in a number of ways. First things first - what is nappy rash and what does it look like? It is a form of skin inflammation, also known as dermatitis, that appears bright red on your baby’s bottom. Your little one’s skin may look irritated or swollen in places and the redness can spread to your child’s inner thighs where they have more folds and creases. 

There are a number of reasons why a baby gets nappy rash. It could be due to leaving a wet or dirty nappy on for too long, irritation from a new product such as a new brand of nappy or wipes, or a bacterial or fungal infection due to a nappy being too tight. 

There are other causes for this ‘burn’- type skin inflammation that some mums may not know. For example, teething can be a factor when nappy rash occurs, as can starting solid food due to the change in your baby’s diet and digestion. 

To help you figure out effective treatments for your child, we’ve come up with a list of our top 5 ways to treat nappy rash so your baby can get back to their usual, happy self. 

Change when wet

As soon as you notice your little one’s nappy becomes wet or soiled, change it in order to prevent any irritation that can occur from friction between your baby’s movement and the used nappy.

Use damp cotton wool to clean

Each time you change your child's nappy, wash the area gently with damp cotton wool. This can help to prevent any more irritation from baby wipes or harsher wiping. Allow the area to completely dry before placing a new nappy on your little one. You can pat or air dry, whichever suits you best. 

Use Caldesene

Using Caldesene Medicated Powder can help prevent your baby getting nappy rash due to its special formulation that creates a barrier against wetness on your baby's skin. As it is medicated, the powder helps to attack harmful bacteria that can lead to nappy rashes. 

This firm parenting favourite ensures parents are giving their child the best possible protection against nappy rash as Caldesene has been a leading nappy rash product in Irish pharmacies for over 45 years. 

To use, gently cleanse and dry the affected area every time you change your baby's nappy before sprinkling on this medicated powder in order to prevent and treat nappy rash on your child’s delicate skin. Caldesene is available in 20g, 55g and 100g so it’s super handy for on-the-go in a changing bag, or to keep on changing tables for easy access.

Don’t over tighten nappy

When placing a new nappy on your baby, make sure you don’t secure it too tightly. If the nappy is too tight, it can cause skin irritation to occur when it rubs against your baby's skin as they move. This can then turn into nappy rash. 

Allow to ‘breathe’

We all like the feeling of fresh air against our skin and our babies are no different. Allow them some nappy-free time so the area can ‘breathe’ without their nappy and clothes rubbing against them. Place a large towel under your baby’s bum and let them enjoy some breathing time without restrictions to their skin.

For more information, visit the Caldesene website here.





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 Caldesene Powder contains Calcium Undecylenate 10% w/w. For topical use only. Cleanse and dry the affected area, sprinkle on Caldesene after each nappy change or as directed by a doctor. Always read the label.