Avoid nappy rash and sore baby bottoms with the right baby creams and care
It isn’t always possible to avoid your baby’s bottom becoming sore. However, we have 5 tips for you to help prevent it:
- Changing your baby’s nappies often can reduce the risk of a sore bottom so nappies should be changed straight away after a bowel movement. Your baby’s bottom should also be gently cleaned whenever the nappy is changed. For the best results, simply use lukewarm water without additional products. Then dry the skin well and apply baby cream.
- To prevent the bottom becoming sore due to irritating urine and faeces, use a barrier baby cream such as Linola Protective Balm. This forms a breathable film on the baby’s sensitive skin which prevents soreness. Linola Protective Balm does not contain mineral oils or silicones.
- If the weather or room temperature allows, let your baby play, kick or crawl around for a short time with a bare bottom. This allows the baby’s skin to breathe meaning it is less likely to become irritated.
- Generally speaking, less is often more with baby care. Sensitive skin on a baby’s bottom loses its protective barrier if it is washed too often with soap, wash gels or similar products. This is why daily cleaning with a warm flannel and a weekly bath with soap or other cleaner is sufficient for babies.
- A baby’s diet also often plays a role in the appearance of a sore bottom. Acidic and sugary foods such as fruit juice, berries, tomatoes, rice and noodles increase the risk of a sore bottom. Parents should therefore first test whether their baby tolerates this food by giving them small quantities. Follow these 5 tips to give your baby’s bottom optimal care. Learn here about what causes a sore bottom.
What makes a baby’s bottom sore
Baby’s skin is very sensitive and fragile because it is five times thinner than adult skin and its barrier function is not yet fully developed. It needs gentle care and reacts more quickly to external influences. The skin on a baby’s bottom is particularly delicate. Almost every baby will be affected by a sore bottom at some point. The main culprit for these sore areas is prolonged contact with moist elimination products in the nappy. The constant rubbing caused by movement then adds to this: it spreads bacteria over the sensitive baby bottom and irritates the skin even more. This can cause anything from painful inflammation to nappy rash which manifests with swelling and a red rash on the bottom. But by following the tips given above for preventing sore baby bottoms, you can protect your child from possible pain and severe skin irritation.
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