A fantastic nappy cream for those times when Sudocrem isn't quite up to the job, also great for tattoos or dry, cracked skin.
Even if you're not a parent yourself you have probably heard of nappy rash, but you may not know exactly what causes it, makes it worse or even that up to one third of nappy wearing babies and toddlers will have it at any one time. Nappy rash itself is caused by a baby's (or toddler's) delicate bottoms being irritated by the chemicals in wee and poo. In the very early stages nappy rash is little more than redness, but as it gets worse little red or pink spots develop and at it's worst blisters can develop or the area can bleed. In my experience nappy rash is especially common around the time when baby is teething and with toddlers (who have especially toxic poo). With nappy rash the ultimate best cure is prevention itself, that is frequent nappy changes, allowing time with a bare bum and changing the nappy immediately after a bowel motion. However, this isn't always possible, especially if the baby/toddler has pooed in the night and then it's a case of the quicker you treat the less severe the outbreak.
Freddy's recent outbreak of nappy rash was indeed severe, his bum was clear when he went to bed, but he had pooed sometime in the night and by the time he got up he had the dreaded rash, along with bleeding and blistering, poor little mite. After cleaning him up, bathing the sore area with warm water and allowing some bare bum time I applied Sudocrem, but by the next nappy change there had been no improvement so I decided it was time to bring out the big guns and apply Bepanthen. Rather than being supplied in a tub, Bepanthen comes in a tube and is relatively expensive at approximately £7 for 100g. On opening the tube you need to break the seal using the reverse of the screw cap and then it's ready to use. You only need a tiny amount of this slightly greasy, white, unscented ointment, a fingertip's worth is enough to cover Freddy's toddler size bum and it rubs in easily without any evidence of stinging.
If I was given a chicken every time I changed a nappy I would probably have enough eggs to feed an entire continent, after all with five children plus nieces and nephews, I must have changes thousands if not hundreds of thousands, in my time. One thing I've learnt through all these nappy changes is that while Sudocrem is brilliant at clearing up minor nappy rash there are times when something a little stronger (and more expensive) is needed. As far as two year old Freddy goes we had been pretty lucky, even though he has very sensitive skin up until a couple of weeks ago not even the dreaded teething runs had caused a rash that Sudocrem couldn't deal with. But a couple of weeks he had a rather nasty tummy that resulted in some extremely nasty nappies (where he was almost literally coated head to toe) and a very sore bottom, including bleeding and blisters that were simply too much for the old reliable. Being experienced in the bum department, I knew a possible solution to these painful and tender bums is Bepanthen, an ointment that claims to aid skin recovery while keeping it soft, smooth and moisturised.