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What is nappy rash and how can nappy creams and ointments help the problem?
Nappy rash is a common problem, and the NHS estimates that up to a third of babies and toddlers can have nappy rash at any one time.
There may be red patches on your baby’s bottom, or the whole area can look red and sore – and there may even be spots, or blisters in severe cases. Find out more by reading these 10 essential facts about nappy rash.
Luckily, there are lots of treatments and your little one’s rash will normally clear up in about three days after you start treating it.
You can also help to avoid nappy rash by changing nappies regularly, bathing your baby daily, but avoiding soap, bubble bath and lotions that can irritate the skin. Allowing your little one to have some nappy-free time to let fresh air get to their skin can also help.
Using simple water to wash their bottom and gently dabbing the area with a towel to dry rather than rubbing can stop the skin from becoming irritated.
It’s unlikely that your newborn will develop nappy rash, in fact babies are most likely to develop a sore bottom between the ages of 9 and 12 months. However, if your little one suffers from sensitive skin you’ll probably want to protect against irritation.
There is a dizzying array of nappy rash creams available in the shops, but they essentially fall into two types: barrier creams, for using before a rash appears to help protect the skin, and treatment creams, which work to help get rid of the rash.
We’ve rounded up some of the top nappy rash creams out there…
1. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment 30g, £3 (£1 per 10g)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Nappy Rash Product – Gold
This popular product was a huge hit with the judging panel of the MadeForMums Awards 2019, with many complimenting its great value and excellent quality.
At only £3, it’s really reasonably priced compared to some of the other creams on the market, and the consistency is thick, without being sticky or gunky.
The ointment works to protect your little one’s skin from nappy rash by forming a breathable transparent layer which combats irritants and prevents rubbing, and is super easy to apply.
It’s also free from colours, fragrances, preservatives and antiseptics, so it can be used at every nappy change, and it also contains provitamin B5 which moisturises your baby’s skin leaving it nourished and hydrated.
MFM judge Rachel is a big fan. She says: “I love that this product is fragrance-free and easy to put on. It’s not sticky and a thin layer is easy to apply. My wee one has very sensitive skin and this is one nappy cream she doesn’t react to.”
Available from: Amazon, Asda and Waitrose
2. Natural Like Me Day and Night Barrier Balm for toddlers 60g, £9.99 (£1.67 per 10g)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Nappy Rash Product – Silver
This multi-purpose balm is not only good at soothing sore bottoms, but is also great for patches of dry skin. It’s free from parabens and other nasties, and comes in recyclable packaging too.
Our judges love the natural ingredients, which include lavender and almond oil, and said the balm felt lovely on the skin.
However, as a screw top jar it can be a little tricky to use if you have a wriggly toddler and some parents may prefer the flip top lids on other options such as the Childs Farm cream.
MFM judge Jenny says: “The packaging isn’t practical for those with moving and curious babies, and I’m not sure how hygienic it would be. On the plus side, it’s nice and moisturising.”
Available from: Toddler Barn
3. Natralus My Little One Make It Better Soothing Repair Balm 75g, £13.95 (£1.86 per 10g)
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019, Nappy Rash Product – Bronze
This multi-purpose balm has a soft, natural fragrance that our judging panel loved and its substantial list of organic ingredients (which includes shea butter, oatmeal extract, calendula, aloe vera, rosehip and jojoba oils) can help soothe sore bottoms in an instant. As well as being good for nappy rash, these comforting ingredients will also provide relief from dry skin, minor insect bites, rashes and scratches – bonus!
It’s a little pricey compared to the likes of Bepanthen, but it has a nice smell (while Bepanthen is fragrance-free) and the fact it can be used for so many different things does justify its cost to some extent.
If you’re looking for a traditional cream, you may not like the fact the balm can be a little greasy and is quite solid, although it lasts well on application and creates a good barrier on your baby’s skin.
MFM judge and mum of 2 Magda says: “This is slightly more expensive than other nappy rash products but has lots of uses and can be used as a nipple cream and for soothing bites or eczema too. It’s quite thick and would be tricky to get out of the tube if you’re in a cold place, but the flip cap is easy to use and I love the scent.”
Available from: Amazon and Chemist.co.uk
4. Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream, 75ml, £6.95 (92p per 10ml)
With a 30-year history, there’s plenty of reasons why the Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream has stood the test of time. It’s deeply nourishing and has been dermatologically tested on infant skin prone to eczema and dermatitis, and has a completely natural formulation too. Plus, it’s excellent value – as one of the cheapest nappy cream per ml.
Suitable for use from birth onwards, this eco-friendly barrier cream contains organic calendula, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, and chamomile extracts blended with sweet almond and sesame oil, which creates a divine scent.
Skin-friendly lanolin and zinc oxide provide a barrier against damp, helping to protect your little one’s delicate bottom. Like the Natralus balm it has many uses, and can be applied to cuts and grazes too.
Available from: Amazon, LoveLula and Superdrug
5. Childs Farm Nappy Cream 100ml, £4 (40p per 10ml)
This well-loved nappy cream stands out for its easy absorption and suitability for sensitive skin, even that which is prone to eczema. It’s fragrance-free, like the ointment from Bepanthen, and gentle and kind to sore bottoms.
With ingredients that include organic aloe vera and shea and cocoa butter, the all-natural cream comes in a handy easy-to-use flip-top tube and is perfect for popping in your change bag. But if you’re expecting a thick, oily cream, this isn’t it – as this product has a consistency that’s more like body lotion and is quite thin. It’s ideal for mums who prefer not to use a greasy balm like the one from Natralus, or a thick cream like Bepanthen.
Available from: Amazon, Childs Farm and JoJo Mama Bebe
6. Harry & Rose Baby Nappy Spray 50ml, £5.50 (£1.10 per 10ml)
If you don’t like traditional creams and balms, this gentle spray could be a great option. It provides an easy way to treat your little one’s rash without worrying about irritating it further with a thick cream. You just spray it onto their clean bottom and lightly pat it in.
Aloe vera, calendula, chamomile and witch hazel are just some of the organic ingredients packed into this little bottle, which is just the right size for popping in your changing bag.
The spray is also free from nasties such as parabens, phthalates, dyes, mineral oils and fragrance allergens, and has a gentle PH that’s perfect even for delicate newborn skin.
Available from: Harry and Rose, Cheeky Wipes and Mama Organica
7. Made for Life Organics Skin Solve Balm 10ml, £6 (£6 per 10ml).
Like the balm from Natralus, this all-purpose wonder ticks a lot of boxes. As well as a soothing nappy rash balm, grown-ups can swipe it to treat a host of irritations from sunburn to insect bites and stings, or to use as a moisturiser that dry skin will love.
The 100% organic ingredients include calendula, St John’s wort and rose and it’s perfect for sensitive skin, including those with eczema.
Just be aware – the screw jar isn’t as user-friendly as the flip-top lid on the likes of the Childs Farm cream, especially if you have a wriggly baby, and the balm is more expensive than a lot of the other offerings here.
On the plus side, it’s available in three different sizes: 10ml (£6), 50ml (£25), 100ml (£35).
Available from: Made for Life Organics and Only Naturals
8. Waitrose Mini soothing baby bottom butter 125ml, £3.20 (26p per 10ml)
This supermarket hero made a headline splash a few years ago when mums discovered it makes a pretty nice facial moisturiser.
Its true purpose, however, is as a nappy rash soother, and the vanilla-scented balm brings rich relief to irritated bottoms. It’s packed with skin nourishers like olive oil and chamomile and is part of Waitrose’s range of mini toiletries – approved by midwives and designed to be suitable for eczema-prone skin.
It has a lovely silky texture that some mums may prefer to the sometimes greasy balms, but the round tub is slightly more difficult to open than a flip-top lid.
At only £3.20 for 125ml it’s one of the cheapest nappy creams in this list and certainly offers good value for money.
Available from: Waitrose and Ocado
9. Green People Organic Babies nappy cream baby balm 50ml, £11 (£2.20 per 10ml)
With 100% certified organic ingredients, this soothing balm is ideal if shopping organic is important to you. Ingredients such as zinc oxide and omega-6 help with healing, while soothing chamomile and calendula provide quick relief for soreness.
It’s suitable for those who are prone to eczema and contains no parabens, lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals or colourants.
This is another screw top jar (like the offerings from Made for Life Organics, Waitrose and Natural Like Me) – and some mums may find it a bit of a pain to unscrew and use while changing nappies. Like the other balms, this one can be a little greasy, and some MFM mums have says they don’t like the smell.
Available from: Amazon, Green People and Plant Organic
10. Sudocrem Care & Protect 30g, £4.19 (£1.40 for 10g)
Coming from one of the most well-known names in the industry, this barrier cream aims to prevent nappy rash, and can be applied at every nappy change to protect baby’s skin. However, have a wipe handy as you should expect white bottoms and sticky hands when using it.
Like the multi-purpose balms from Natralus and Made for Life Organics, this wonder cream can be used for all sorts as it’s effective at calming rashes and soothing cuts and grazes, burns and bites. What’s more, some mums even use it to get rid of their own spots!
The flip top lid is easy to use and the tube is the perfect size for throwing in your change bag. Plus it’s really reasonably priced.
Available from: Amazon, Boots and Waitrose
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