SOS irritated bottom
Your baby's bottom goes through a lot each day, often resulting in irritation and redness. In other words, nappy rash.
Your baby's bottom: a highly sensitive area
Although its medical name, erythema, sounds threatening, nappy rash is a benign condition that can affect all babies. Several factors can trigger this redness and irritation:
- 1Baby's buttocks spend much of the time in a damp environment. They are also frequently in contact with urine and stools, which are both acidic. This phenomenon is worse when the weather is warm.
- 2Nappies that are too small and not changed frequently enough can also exacerbate the rash. Furthermore, as soon as your baby starts to sit up - at around six months - the additional rubbing increases the risk of diaper rash.
- 3Teething and other common infant gripes can also be accompanied by irritated skin on the buttocks.
- 4A cleansing routine and products ill-suited to a baby's fragile skin.
10% to 15%
of pediatric consultations involve nappy rash
How should you care for nappy rash?
When your baby gets nappy rash, the skin on their bottom needs gentle treatment and soothing. In general, it only takes 2 to 4 days for the lesions to go away, provided you combine the right routine with the right products.
To clean the irritated area, use CICAPLAST B5 Cleanser. Its soothing, purifying properties rid the skin of all impurities. Then apply a protective, restorative cream in gentle circular strokes to soothe the skin. It is also a good idea to let the lesions get some air whenever possible.
How can you prevent nappy rash?
To prevent nappy rash, simply adopt these simple, but essential habits:
- Buy nappies that are the right size for your baby. Change the nappy without delay as soon as it is wet or soiled to avoid prolonged contact between the bottom and urine or stools. Even if they are clean, nappies should be changed at least every 3 hours.
- Clean your baby's bottom every time you change a nappy with an extra-gentle, soap-free gel such as CICAPLAST B5 or LIPIKAR Syndet. Avoid soaps, shower gloves and sponges. It is also preferable to avoid using wipes, which encourage rubbing and can irritate the skin of little ones.
- Gently pat your baby's bottom and skin folds dry.
- Do not wait until you see redness or irritation to take action: apply a protective cream after every nappy change.