Baby Skin Care

Hints and Tips for Nappy Care

Here's a handy guide with everything you need to know about changing your baby's nappy.

Bathing and Care

Keep your baby's skin healthy

Of course you want to keep your baby clean and fresh, but it is possible to overdo it when washing your baby. In fact, many experts advise against bathing every day to avoid drying out your baby's skin. Instead just make sure you wash their face, neck, hands and bottom every day.

Because of its fragility, a baby's skin is likely to be more sensitive to the type of chemicals you sometimes find in harsh soaps and cleansing products, so it's best to use ones with mild fragrance-free formulations, developed with delicate skin in mind.

It's also good to avoid using harsh cleansing products on your baby, because they could strip their skin of natural oils and dry it out. Try to avoid using any washing products that lather or foam up, especially soaps, bubble baths or shower gels that aren't designed for babies.

Ask your pharmacist or check the ingredients list on any products before you buy them, and avoid anything that contains alcohol, colours, preservatives or added fragrances.

Changing your Baby's Nappy

If you find that your baby is suffering from Nappy Rash, these simple tips can help you deal with the problem and get your little one smiling again.

  1. Change nappies often Loosen the nappy
  2. It's vital to stop stale wee being in contact with baby's delicate skin, so try to change disposable nappies frequently. If you're using cloth nappies you could also try using a disposable liner to help protect your baby's skin.

  3. Give skin a chance
  4. Try not to use plastic pants or tight clothes as they stop the area breathing.

  5. Use a protective ointment
  6. Coat your baby's bottom with a thin layer of protective ointment like Bepanthen every time you change a nappy - and especially at bedtime. This moisturising, breathable ointment reinforces the skin's natural barrier and helps stop the irritating chemicals in wee and poo from penetrating.

  7. Loosen the nappy
  8. Absorbent disposable nappies can keep skin dry-but if you use them, make sure they're loose enough for air to circulate.

  1. Let baby's skin breathe
  2. It's good to be free! Let your baby kick his little legs and go nappy-free as much as possible, just make sure the room's warm and there's a towel or nappy mat for any little leaks!

  3. Wash carefully
  4. If you're using cloth nappies, a great tip is to always wash them with non-biological products, because it helps to prevent irritation. Put them on a boil wash too, to beat the bugs.

  5. Everyday care
  6. Most nappy rash products are designed to treat infected nappy rash and these products can contain ingredients and antiseptics which aren't suitable for everyday use on a baby's delicate skin. Bepanthen knows that gentle is best, so for everyday protection from the causes of nappy rash, use a gentle ointment designed for delicate skin such as Bepanthen.

  7. Clean the area thoroughly
  8. Whenever you change baby's nappy, make sure the whole area is cleaned and then allowed to dry completely.

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