14:00 (GMT+2), Thu, 05 July 2012
Your guide to common paediatric skin conditions and how to remedy them.
The best way to avoid rashes in the nappy area is to thoroughly wash your baby's bottom in a basin of water at each nappy change.
Use cotton wool and oil or cleansing wipes to clean the nappy area. Barrier cream is not necessary if this is done.
Some disposable nappies are designed to draw moisture and runny poo away from the skin, giving further protection. If nappies are infused with aloe, known for its skin-healing properties, even better! Fabric or terry nappies are best for some babies, but detergents and softeners may also irritate sensitive skin.
Treating nappy rash:
The skin of the buttocks needs to breathe freely. Petroleum jelly-based preparations seldom allow this, so are not so good for regular use.
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- If a rash has already developed, add a cup of rooibos tea to your baby’s bath water water, then air the area for 10 minutes after washing, and sun for 5–10 minutes twice daily, avoiding midday sun.
- Give her the homeopathic remedy Calendula tablets, which also disinfects and soothes burning pain.