5 Tips for preventing nappy rash

I can clearly remember the first time I dealt with nappy rash – and I am talking full-on burn style rash. Blisters, redness and hot to the touch.


I didn’t know what had happened to my poor, poor baby. What on earth had caused such awful burns on her precious little bottom?

I have always believed that teething is a major cause of nappy rash, it certainly seems to happen around that time, but apparently, it isn’t one of the documented causes! Who knew?!

What are the common causes of nappy rash?

  • Soiled nappies combined with friction
  • Tight nappies – preventing air circulation
  • Baby wipes & other cleaning products

Your baby will be more likely to suffer from nappy rash if they:

  • were premature
  • are unwell
  • have had vaccinations
  • have diarrhoea
  • have a change in diet i.e. weaning
  • suffer from eczema

In a nutshell, they are sensitive to lots of external factors and so it is up to us as parents to look after their delicate skin.

I had always tried to make sure I change Will’s nappy regularly and used creams as soon as I’d spot any redness, but there are so many more things that can be done to prevent that dreaded rash.

5 tips for preventing nappy rash

Here are 5 different ways that can help stop that redness and ways that can help clear it up if it should appear.

1. Change your baby’s nappy as soon as it becomes soiled. Seems simple but with modern absorbent nappies, babies can be left longer without anyone realising they are wet. Aim for 5 – 7 times a day.

2. Allow nappy-free time each day – even 5 minutes would allow their skin to breathe.

3. Use the correct nappy size. If they are too tight then air cannot circulate and friction can irritate their skin.

4. Avoid perfumed wipes and products. 

5. Use a gentle nappy ointment at every change. We now use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment and it is brilliant. It forms a protective barrier, letting the skin breathe and also protect it from any irritants. It’s also free from any nasty chemicals that could irritate your baby’s skin.

Now that I have been using protective cream before anything happens, as a preventative measure, he hasn’t suffered from any nappy rash at all – including through the dreaded teething stage!

If you have a little one then follow these simple tips and hopefully your little one will be rash free from now on too!

And guess what? I have a giveaway to win:

  • £50 JoJo Maman Bebe/John Lewis voucher
  • A 6-month supply of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment
  • Bepanthen cuddly toy (either an elephant or a dragonfly)

To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter the widget below. Good luck!


This post is sponsored by Bepanthen but all words and thoughts are my own. 

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Comments 151

  1. I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  2. Change nappy often, keep baby nude for a while to air out and a good barrier cream. Im due my first baby in 2 weeks and all this advice is really handy! Thank you x

  3. keeping fresh and clean, nappies changed when necessary, air time after baths, good creams if necessary

  4. We are expecting our 1st child this September so cannot offer any advice, however it would be perfect timing to win this amazing prize!

  5. I like a protective barrier (either sudocrem or bepanthen) and then a fresh nappy regularly x

  6. regular nappy changes, patting dray after changing and barrier cream at the first sign of pink/redness

  7. Make sure they are totally dry and give them little buns some air too. Regular nappy changes and always use a cream like sudocrem for a barrier .

  8. I let my little boy lye on his changing mat with a towel underneath for warmth and comfort and let him get as much air as possible whilst at home 🙂 i change nappies often and always use a nappy cream.

  9. Changing nappies often and having lots of bare bum time when possible and always keep a tub of nappy cream at hand

  10. I don’t have a little one but I would love to enter for my best friend, who was ‘expecting’ her first baby last Thursday!! (He’s not made an appearance yet though!)

  11. With a new baby expected to join the family after quite a gap we shall have to take note of new products and ideas but nappy free time and frequent changes using a barrier cream still seem to be most important.

  12. I don’t leave her in a damp nappy too long so there is less chance of her getting sore.

  13. We make sure she’s changed regularly a little nappy free time helps as well. Barrier cream if it starts to get red seems to keep it at bay.

  14. Change nappies often! NEVER keep them in a wet nappy. Let them go free sometimes (naked) to get air to their bums! be generous with cream, always! thanks for the blog it helped me! Great prize as its my sons first birthday son and I saw some lovely bits in JL! Thanks for the chance! Courtney x

  15. I use metanium, for when they get a little rash, and obviously change nappies when requires and clean the skin thoroughly and dry well when changing, I know that is when urine and faeces come together the ph changes this is particularly irritating to the skin if left in contact

  16. nappy off as often as possible! changing frequently and lots of barrier cream to prevent it.

  17. lots of nappy off time, changing as regularly as possible and using a good protective cream

  18. Change your baby’s nappy regularly, clean them thoroughly, apply barrier cream after each nappy change and give your baby as much nappy-free time as possible.

  19. I try and keep a nappy off for short periods of time per day and change them regularly

  20. Regular nappy changes, free kicking time and keep the area clean. I’ve started using reusable wipes and they seem great.

  21. Using cotton wool instead of wipes and bepanthen which seems to be the only thing that works

  22. Luckily it’s not been much of a problem, but leaving the nappy off, and using metanium cream.

  23. I didn’t realise how bad nappy rash could be but my little boy experienced it badly once when he was teething. I would always allow some nappy free time and make sure he was dry after being cleaned and before applying a really small amount of barrier cream.

  24. Lots of time with her bottom to the air! I also have a little balm for when she starts to look sore, but it’s never got too bad thankfully.

  25. We never really had a bad nappy rash. I just always made sure to wipe properly, change often and use a barrier cream.

  26. We have lots of nappy free time, I also found one brand of wipes which work perfectly for me and my children, also at the slightest sign of redness I use cream and it’s typically gone by the next nappy change.

  27. Left my lads with no nappy on quite a lot, they never really suffered from any rashes, maybe they were lucky ones

  28. Lots of nappy changes, and a wipe over with a simple damp cloth after wipes to remove any chemical residue.

  29. I make sure his nappy is regularly cleaned and that his bum is dry before putting on the fresh nappy x

  30. I am entering for my friend who is due in august! I know that she is very eco minded and will use reusable nappies and most likely will go for lots of nappy free time!

  31. Regular nappy changes, and some nappy free time daily are some aspects we have used as a family. Addition to the family due later this year, so prize if won :- Would be welcome, useful and appreciated.

    Some risk factors for nappy rash are not easily avoided, so it seems best to be prepared. Thanks for all the up to date information.

  32. my grandson has lots of free nappy time, which I also think helps with potty training

  33. I treated with sudocrem if looked red but didn’t use if not needed. I always had nappy off time and regular changes with wipes with water and cotton wool.

  34. Frequent nappy changes are a must along with regular nappy free time. Thanks for the chance to be your lucky winner

  35. Changing nappy regularly and applying cream each change. We also use wipes that only contain water.

  36. My 9 month old has never suffered with nappy rash thank goodness and I just change his nappy regularly and apply cream 🙂

  37. Poor Eli had horrendous nappy rash when he was only a few days old. Bepanthen and lots of nappy free time worked. It did mean I got wee’d on more times than I’d have liked though! x

  38. Never mix pee with poop if you smell a smell change immediately. It’s the chemical reaction which causes the rash!

  39. We have 1 hour of nappy free time a day, I find fresh air helps a lot keeping her bum smooth!

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