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Learn about nappy rash

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At Bepanthen®, we understand that there’s nothing more precious than your little one, that’s why we’ve spent more than 70 years caring for their beautifully delicate skin.

Babies’ skin is thinner and softer than ours. It also has a higher pH level, which makes it more sensitive to irritants. Although unpleasant for you and your baby, nappy rash is extremely common and easy to manage with the right care. If your baby has nappy rash, please don’t feel like you’ve done anything wrong – it happens to all of us.

With a combination of scientific expertise and a passion for family healthcare, Bepanthen have formulated a range of preservative-free, fragrance-free and colour-free products, to protect your baby’s precious skin.

What is nappy rash?

Nappy rash can occur at any time during your child’s nappy-wearing stage. Most children will experience nappy rash during this time, which appears as redness, swelling or spots on your baby’s bottom, thighs and genitals. Their affected skin may also feel hot to the touch.

Side view of baby getting its nappy changed

The risk of nappy rash changes as your baby grows. During the first twelve months nappy rash is especially common, as stools are more frequent, and your baby’s skin is thinner, more permeable, and has a higher pH level.

Treating nappy rash with Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment

Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment’s dual action helps heal and protect against nappy rash.

Firstly, Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment helps protect against nappy rash by providing a long lasting breathable waterproof barrier, keeping the skin hydrated. This barrier helps to protect baby’s skin from the irritants that cause nappy rash.

Secondly, Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment contains Pro-vitamin B5 which promotes the natural healing process by stimulating the regeneration of new skin cells, giving skin a helping hand. Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment also creates a protective film over the skin, stopping moisture escaping, preventing further drying and helping to stop bacteria and other aggressors from permeating the skin.

How does nappy rash affect your baby?

Your baby’s behaviour might seem more troubled – they may cry when touched or washed, and wake frequently in the night because of discomfort.

What causes nappy rash?

Baby crying while its nappy is being changed

The most common cause of nappy rash is a combination of soiled nappies and friction. A baby’s delicate skin becomes sore and fragile when in contact with the natural yet irritating chemicals in healthy urine, and the irritants and enzymes in faeces.

This is made worse by a tight nappy, which both rubs, removing the skin’s protective lipids, and stops air circulating. Some baby wipes and cleaning products can also cause irritation.

Nappy rash is more likely to occur if your baby is:

  • Premature
  • Unwell
  • Suffering from diarrhoea
  • Weaning
  • Taking some medications

When should you see the doctor?

Remember, nappy rash is incredibly common, and most cases will clear up quickly with the right care and a little help from products like Bepanthen Nappy Rash Ointment. If it’s been a few days and the rash is spreading outside the nappy area, if the skin is broken and weeping, or your baby is feverish, there may be an infection. Again these symptoms are common and not necessarily a cause for alarm, but you should consult a doctor.

Always read the label. This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. If symptoms worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your health professional.


L.AU.MKTG.02.2020.04402 Last updated March 2020.