Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Karen | 2012/03/03


Nappy Rash cream required?

Hi Doc

I hope you can help. I was told that I shouldn''t use nappy rash cream (eg: Bennetts/Fissan etc) on my 6 week old baby''s bottom at every change. Is this correct?

Should you only use vaseline? Can the cream harm them if used all the time?

I noticed that he has a bit of whitish skin at the back of his bum in the crease. I thought perhaps this is because I''m overusing the cream.


Expert's Reply



It is not necessary to use a nappy cream after every nappy change. Your baby's whitish skin in the crease of his bum is normal. If you change his nappies when needed and keep his nappy area dry this is all the at is usually needed.You can use wipes when changing your baby and you can also apply vaseline. Only use nappy creams if your baby has a nappy rash.

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Posted by: Lisa | 2012/03/04

Hi I find if I alternate with just normal baby powder it keeps bum dry. Also no need to use wipes for wet nappy only for poo.

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