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When my daughter was born my Mam bought me a basket full of baby goodies, this had within it a number of samples and one of these was a 3.5g tube of Bepanthen. Bepanthen is usually sold in 30 or 100g and costs around £2.50 and £6 respectively. Bepanthen packaging is always white with a outlined picture on of baby asleep on all fours in pink and then one end of the packaging is turquoise in colour.
Rather than a cream Bepanthen is an ointment and is supported by the British Skin Foundation. The box states that this has dual benefit, everyday care and protection from the causes of nappy rash, also stated on the box is "if you baby has nappy rash Bepanthen's gentle formulation quickly soothes and supports gentle skin recovery." Bepanthen works by forming a breathable barrier on babies skin protecting it from irritants. The box also has on it the ingredients, the 24 month shelf life symbol and the instructions to store below 25 degrees.
Inside the box there is a tiny little tube of ointment and a tiny set of instructions, the instructions have a lot of information contained;
What causes nappy rash? - babies delicate skin being in contact with irritants in urine and faeces along with a tight nappy stopping the air circulating.
What is that rash? - grumpy baby with sore red bottom is probably nappy rash.
When is a baby likely to suffer? - Premature, teething, unwell or had vaccinations, taking antibiotics, tummy upset and a change in diet.
Prevention tips - Change nappy often, allow skin to breath, use protective ointment, loosen the nappy, and clean thoroughly.
You have also then got about the product, how it works and directions for use - apply to dry bottom after each nappy change. At the end of the leaflet is some did you know facts, using ointment at every nappy change is recommended by paediatric dermatologists, a baby can wee up to 15 times a day, a babies skin is only half as thick as an adults and bottle fed babies are more likely to suffer with nappy rash. I actually was really impressed with this leaflet it is informative as well as having a couple of things in it that you wouldn't expect.
On opening the cream it is an off white colour and does not seem to have any smell too it, I squeezed a small amount out of the tube and it is very thick and takes quite a squeeze to get it moving. It is easy to rub in although seems a little greasy and leaves the skin with a shine to it. My baby doesn't seem to get nappy rash and I probably wouldn't bother with this product as they state that you should use it after every nappy change which in my opinion isn't necessary if the baby doesn't have the problem. If your baby does suffer with nappy rash then this is one product I would try as I know it does certainly help with healing as I was advised to use this when I got a tattoo and the area didn't scab at all how it usually would.
Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment has a dual action benefit, helping to provide everyday care ... more
and protection from nappy rash. Aids Natural Skin Recovery. Bepanthen contains Pro Vitamin B5 which gently aids natural recovery of irritated sensitive skin while keeping it smooth, soft and moisturised. Additionally. Bepanthen seals in the skin's natural moisture, providing optimal conditions to allow gentle skin recovery without drying out your baby's delicate skin. Protects. Clinically proven, Bepanthen is so gentle it can be used at every nappy change to help the most sensitive of skins, including that of premature babies as it contains no colours, fragrance, preservatives or antiseptics. Bepanthen works by forming a long lasting, transparent layer, protecting even the most delicate skin from irritants and rubbing. The water-in-oil formulation keeps the skin healthy and hydrated, The ingredient Pro Vitamin B5 helps the skin repair its natural protective barrier.