Until I became a parent, I truly believed the worst part of having to change a nappy was the poop. The idea of being up close and personal with another human beings’ bowel movements seemed about as repulsive as it might get.
Oh how wrong I was. While I was pregnant, seasoned parents and grandparents assured me that baby poop is a special poop. Much less hideous than adults’ droppings. And yes, thankfully, that did turn out to be true. Even the most abhorrent allergy poops struggle to compete with what some adults do!
Interestingly, several grandfathers had warned me about nappy rash. In the eyes of these gracious grandpappies, aside from teething, nappy rash registered for them as one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. Perhaps it’s because this a problem which the Papa might play a bigger role in solving? My husband certainly got sent out at 3am to find a 24 hour supermarket or pharmacy that would have something stronger than a generic barrier cream. Honestly, our case was extreme. The nappy rash escalated from a little reddening to blood soaked cracks in a matter of hours- not even sufficiently long to deign the barrier cream a dud. For nappy rash of that magnitude, not even the reputed miracle creams were enough to prevent it. A urgent appointment with the doctor and removal of the offending allergens was the only cure.
That said, for the weeks following the diagnosis and those featuring food trials, nappy rash still became a very real battle.
So what is the solution? As ever, where little people are concerned, there isn’t a fixed answer. Different babies and different skins will require slightly different solutions.
Which is why today’s blog will tackle the top 5 nappy rash solutions. Whether it’s a result of allergies, teething or simply sensitive skin, these techniques are tried and true.
Dubbed the miracle cream by every health visitor my children have encountered, Metanium is an ointment specially designed to treat and prevent nappy rash.
Both my children (and my raw washing up hands) have benefitted from this ointment.
2. Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera Wipes
To make witch hazel and Aloe Vera wipes, take a teaspoon of pure witch hazel and a tablespoon of Aloe Vera. Add them to a cup of cooled, boiled water in a plastic pot. A packet of regular wet wipes removed from their packaging or sheets of bamboo roll (that can be washed and reused with cloth nappies) can the be placed into the container and soaked in the mixture. Drain off any excess liquid after 15 minutes.
I use a container with a lid so I can substitute the pre-soaked wipes for regular wet wipes. The mixture keeps for about a week and has worked wonders for both my children.
3. Egg Whites
Cracking fresh eggs and using only the whites to coat the baby’s bottom, once it’s clean and dry, is a time honoured nappy rash treatment. Generations of grandparents swear by this technique and, provided your baby isn’t allergic to eggs, it seems well worth a try.
4. Baking Soda Bath
Adding a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to your baby’s bath can help ease the discomfort of nappy rash and aid the healing process. This gentle cleanse can be repeated up to 3 times a day and worked wonders for my eldest.
5. Bennett’s Bum Creme
An international favourite, Bennett’s Baby Bum Creme is famed for being reasonably priced and very effective.
For babies suffering from eczema and allergies, however, it’s well worth testing this cream on healthy skin before applying it sensitised skin. It’s not unheard of, for babies to experience an allergy to lanolin which is an ingredient in this nappy cream. Both of my children have had a positive experience of this cream and my dry hands have loved it, but caution should be taken for when applying it to the skin of little allergists.
And as always, it’s integral whichever technique you choose to tackle nappy rash, that you ensure your baby is not only clean but completely dried each time you change their nappy.
I’m crossing my fingers to hear success stories about happy bums and tums! But in the case of nappy rash resistant to all of these topical treatment options, please alert your health visitor and or doctor. Nappy rash that doesn’t improve can be a sign of a new allergy or underlying health issue.
Xx Allergy Mama