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. Natralus Make It Better Soothing Repair Balm & Happy Bottom Nappy Barrier Cream, £13.95 for 75g – 19p per g, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner
This year’s champion product for sore bottoms is a multi-purpose balm that mums will be tempted to use themselves. With a soft, natural fragrance, the balm uses organic ingredients to help soothe sore bottoms in an instant. Skin-loving goodies include shea butter, oatmeal extract, calendula, aloe vera, rosehip and jojoba oils to help take the sting out of changing time. These comforting ingredients will also provide relief from dry skin, minor insect bites, rashes and scratches – bonus!
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Natralus Make It Better Soothing Repair Balm & Happy Bottom Nappy Barrier Cream:
“This smells divine, and I love that it is a natural product. It is very effective.” Mum of 3, Christine
“The Natralus nappy barrier cream adds a protective layer to bottoms, and can be used for cuts and grazes too, so it’s ideal for popping in the changing bag. Love the natural ingredients.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Natralus Make It Better Soothing Repair Balm & Happy Bottom Nappy Barrier Cream from: Chemist.co.uk
2. Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream, £6.95 for 75ml – 9p per ml, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner
With a 30-year history, there’s good reason why this year’s silver award winner 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.
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.
Skin-friendly lanolin and zinc oxide provide a barrier against damp, helping to protect your little one’s delicate bottom.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream:
“This cream is fabulous. Aside from the gorgeous smell, it truly does what it needs to without causing any irritation to sensitive skin. Coming from a family that suffers badly from eczema this is crucial when trialling a new product. When you read the information leaflet you get the feeling that the people behind the product care not only about the consumer, but about the environment too – another huge selling point.” Mum of 2, Michelle
“Made with all-natural ingredients, great smell, spreads well and provides a fantastic barrier.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams
You can buy Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream from: Amazon, Waitrose and Boots.
3. Childs Farm Nappy Cream, £3.85 for 100ml – 3p per ml, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner
Having won a string of awards, the bronze-winning Childs Farm nappy cream stands out for its easy absorption and suitability for sensitive skin, even for babies who are prone to eczema.
With ingredients that include certified organic aloe and shea and cocoa butter, the cream comes in a handy 15ml size tube, perfect for popping in a small change bag.
But if you’re expecting a thick, oily cream, think again as this product has a consistency that’s more like body lotion and is quite thin.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Childs Farm Nappy Cream:
“This product is great. I love that it is made using natural, free-from ingredients and is also fragrance free, so no irritations from using it on my baby’s skin. After just a few uses of Child’s Farm, my baby’s bottom is no longer red! The cream is very gentle and absorbs easily onto the skin. I would highly recommend.” Mum of 1, Lorne
“The Childs Farm nappy cream is very easy to use and soaks straight in, and I like the fact that it is approved and recommend for sensitive skin. I would recommend this product to parents of children with sensitive skin that prefer a fragrance-free alternative to other high-street brands.” Mum of 2, Jenny
You can buy Childs Farm Nappy Cream from: Childs Farm and Amazon.
4. Harry & Rose Baby Nappy Spray, £4.90 for 50ml – 10p per ml
This gentle new spray is a great way to treat your little one’s rash without worrying about irritating it further by rubbing in a thick cream. You just spray it onto their clean bottom and lightly pat it in.
Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile, Witch Hazel are 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.
You can buy Harry & Rose Baby Nappy Spray from: Harry & Rose, Amazon and Cheeky Wipes.
5. Made for Life Organics Skin Solve Balm, from £6 for 10ml – 60p per ml
This all-purpose wonder is one to be shared between mum and baby, as it ticks so many 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 even sensitive skin will love. The 100% organic ingredients include Calendula, St John’s Wort and rose. Available in three sizes: 10ml (£6), 50ml (£25), 100ml (£35).
You can buy Made for Life Organics Skin Solve Balm from: Made For Life Organics
6. Waitrose Mini soothing baby bottom butter, £3.20 for 125ml – 2.5p per ml
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 is packed with skin nourishers like olive oil and chamomile and is part of Waitrose’s range of mini toiletries – approved by midwives, dermatologist and designed to be suitable for eczema prone skin.
You can buy Waitrose baby bottom butter from: Ocado and Waitrose.
7. Green People Organic Babies nappy cream baby balm, £10.50 for 50ml – 21p per ml
With 100% certified organic ingredients, this soothing balm is ideal if shopping organic is important to you.
Green People say the cream’s zinc oxide and Omega-6 from hemp help with healing, while soothing chamomile and calendula provide quick relief for soreness.
However, some of our MFM mums have noted its greasy texture and others don’t like the smell.
You can buy Green People Organic Babies nappy cream baby balm from: Planet Organic and Bodykind.
8. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Cream-to-Powder, £10.99 for 113g – 9p per 1g
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Cream-to-Powder goes on as a cream and dries to a soft, powdery finish. That’s great as it isn’t greasy and means you can get away with not washing your hands – ideal if you’re changing a nappy while out and about.
The texture is smooth to apply and it has great ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. However, as with most white powders it can leave marks on clothes, you should also be sure to shake the tube each time before you use it as the lotion can separate.
You can buy Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Cream-to-Powder from: John Lewis and Amazon.
9. Sudocrem Care & Protect, £4.19 for 30g – 14p per g
Care & Protect is an award-winning cream 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 from the chemicals in wee and poo that cause rashes. However, have a wipe handy as you should expect white bottoms and sticky hands when using it.
We’ve used it and know it calms and gets rid of rashes, can be used on cuts and grazes, burns and bites. What’s more, one of the MFM team also uses it to get rid of spots on her face – not mentioning any names.
You can buy Sudocrem Care & Protect from: Superdrug and Amazon.
10. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, £7.29 for 100g, 7p per g
Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment works to protect your little one’s skin from nappy rash by forming a breathable transparent layer, to combat irritants and rubbing.
Containing Provitamin B5, it moisturises the skin and Bepanthen contains no colours, fragrances, preservatives or antiseptics, so can be used at every nappy change.
You can buy from: Boots, Superdrug and Amazon.
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