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Nappy dermatitis: 6 natural remedies to prevent it

Our babies’ skin is really delicate: here are a few green and low-cost tips to prevent and treat nappy dermatitis

Spending months or even years in contact with nappies can cause reddening, skin rash and irritation, commonly called nappy dermatitis (or rash). It is possible to adopt some green and low-cost precautions in order to prevent it.

 

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1. Change it often

If your baby’s nappy is dry it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be changed. To prevent nappy dermatitis, it is advisable to change the nappy at least every three hours, especially if it is few months old.

 

2. It is better to use water rather than wipes

When you wash your baby it is advisable to do it with running lukewarm water (and, when needed, with a gentle and organic cleanser) and avoid the use of wipes. Placing the changing table in your bathroom can simplify your life.

 

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3. Use eco-friendly nappies

Traditional nappies contain absorbing substances that tend to overheat the skin and limit perspiration, thus contributing to increase reddening and inflammation. On the contrary, using washable nappies helps preventing nappy dermatitis. Those who don’t want to deal with dry-cleaning can opt for green single-use nappies, without plastic and chlorine-containing bleaching and with little amounts of absorbing gels.

 

4. Leave the skin bare

If conditions allow, it is useful to leave the baby without nappy as long as possible, for example by delaying the dressing when it comes to change it. If you are in the open air, you should pay attention to the risks of sun exposure.

 

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5. Choose natural and eco-friendly cleansers

Using cosmetics without paraffines and other synthetic components can limit the odds of irritation and redding in the area in contact with the nappy.

 

6. Use natural remedies to treat rash

To prevent or treat nappy dermatitis you can use pure or combined plant oils (olive, almond, rice, sunflower), possibly enriched with calendola, mallow, or chamomile extracts that reduce inflammation.

 

In case of severe or persistent problems (ulcers, sores, bleeding, abnormal body temperature) you must contact your pediatrician soon.

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