Can baby wipes cause nappy rash?

Published on

Nappy rash is a very common form of dermatitis (skin irritation) that looks like patches of inflamed skin on your baby's bottom.

According to the NHS, around 1 in 4 babies and toddlers in nappies have nappy rash at any one time.

It can vary in severity and your little one’s skin may look sore and feel hot to touch, plus there may be spots, pimples or blisters

What causes it?

The NHS gives the following five common reasons for nappy rash:

#1. Your baby's skin being in contact with wee or poo for a long time

#2. The nappy rubbing against your baby's skin

#3. Not cleaning the nappy area or changing the nappy often enough

#4. Soap, detergent or bubble bath

#5.  Alcohol-based baby wipes

      So how can you prevent it?

      Nappy happy

      Change the nappy frequently! Always change wet or dirty nappies as soon as possible. Many newborn nappies (Like Pura’s sizes 1 and 2) have a wetness indicator line that changes colour, so you know when the nappy is wet.

      To ensure that the nappy doesn’t rub against your baby’s skin ensure your baby is in the correct size.

      If it is too tight then it can irritate the skin and if it is too loose, then the nappy will not be able to soak up pee properly.

      Pura’s eco nappies,  are also made with soft organic cotton and no nasty chemicals, perfumes or allergens. They are also approved by midwives and Allergy UK and dermatologically and clinically tested.

      Keep it clean

      At each nappy change, clean the whole nappy area gently, but thoroughly, wiping from front to back. Pat dry gently before replacing the nappy. Avoid vigorous rubbing. When possible, give your baby’s bottom some airtime before putting the nappy back on.

      Avoid skin irritants

      Fragrance and alcohol in soap, lotions and some baby wipes can cause or worsen nappy rash. Avoid using soap, bubble bath, or lotions unless they are specifically made for delicate baby skin.

      When it comes to using baby wipes, look for brands like Pura that contain no perfume, alcohol or chlorine and are clinically proven to be suitable for newborns, sensitive and eczema prone skin.

      What to do if my baby has nappy rash

      The same advice for prevention will help clear up nappy rash. It should clear up on its own but if you are concerned, ask a pharmacist, health visitor or GP for advice.

      Information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. 

      Discover Pura
      Make a change your baby would be proud of

      Explore what makes our range of wipes, nappies and nappy pants so eco-awesome and find the perfect subscription to suit your lifestyle (and your baby’s bottom).