Nappy rash is one of those inevitable things that you come across only when you become a parent. It’s not something you really know about beforehand but, it’s one of those things I really wish I had! Nappy rash happens to nearly every baby and can be quite uncomfortable and sore. Our poor little babas!
It can occur at any time during your baby’s nappy wearing stage and the risk of nappy rash changes as your baby grows, because your baby’s skin and nappy habits change as they get older. In association with Bepanthen, I’m going to talk about my experiences of nappy rash, especially during teething, in both my kiddos, and what I’ve done to combat it.
First of all, it’s important to note that every baby is different – my daughter, I, seemed to suffer with it a lot more than her brother. With her I felt like I was battling nappy rash constantly whereas with him I was fortunate enough to only have it three times in 18 months. We concluded that this was because my daughter’s skin is more sensitive in general and reacts a lot quicker than L’s does. However, recognising this didn’t stop us having a few cases with I where it was hard to even get her in the bath because she was so sore! I felt so helpless when it was really bad and felt a huge amount of guilt about how uncomfortable she must have been. You just want to make it magically go away and are constantly checking their nappy to see if it’s improved at all.
One thing that we noticed that increased the likelihood of our babies getting nappy rash was, and still is, teething. Both of my little ones have started teething pretty early and have hit the ground running with at least two or more teeth coming through at once every time.
Like with nappy rash, my daughter, little I, suffered from teething the worst – she used to get a high temperature, go off her milk, experience interesting changes in the nappy department and get bad nappy rash whenever she was teething. Whereas L just gets red cheeks, a bit of discomfort and possibly an explosive nappy situation or two!
After a while we figured out that changes in Little I’s poo during the teething period was in fact the cause of her nappy rash. During teething, diarrhoea became a more regular occurrence for her and with that came the nappy rash!
(L’s first teeth)
(Little I’s first teeth)
Over the years, thousands of nappies and the appearance of teeth, we found a few tips that helped protect their little bottoms during teething and beyond which helped me feel a little less helpless when it comes to nappy rash;
All in all, we’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to nappy rash. We haven’t experienced too many serious cases of it in our two and I do think this mainly comes down to being aware what causes nappy rash and trying to protect against it before it happens!
How do you protect your little one from nappy rash?
For more information on nappy rash, head over to the Bepanthen website.
*This post is sponsored by Bepanthen, but all thoughts and words are 100% our own.