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The naked truth

Nappies can cause chafing and irritation, especially if worn for too long. There's many reasons why this happens, but it’s mainly due to the nappy rubbing against their delicate skin, and the wetness caused by wee and poo.

So if you notice a rash on your baby it might be a good idea to give them a few hours of nappy-free time. This will give the skin a chance to breathe and heal. Plus, the longer their skin is free, the less likely they are to get nappy rash in the first place, just be prepared for the messes.

Did you know? Baby's skin is not naturally smooth

Newborn skin can be wrinkly, oily, flaky, dry or sensitive. This is perfectly natural, and is caused when the vernix, a substance that protects baby's skin and moisturises it, has been absorbed before your baby is born.

If this is the case it can lead to dryness and cracking. This should clear up in a few days to reveal perfect skin underneath. So, just let it peel on its own, and don’t use any oils or lotions to moisturise it.

Cuddling is caring

The very act of hugging releases oxytocin (known as 'the love hormone'). It has a relaxing effect on the both mum and baby, meaning that you both get a big feel-good boost from a cuddle or a massage.

Throughout the day your little one will communicate what they're feeling to you through subtle cues so that you can meet their needs. Over time, you'll be able to pick up on even the most subtle of signs. Touch is the most developed sense your baby has from birth and therefore it’s a great way to communicate love to them. If your baby is upset, pick them up and give lots of cuddles to calm them.

Dealing with rashes

If you notice redness on your baby's skin under the nappy, don't panic! It's probably just nappy rash, which is really common. It's mostly caused by the nappy rubbing against their skin (especially around the legs and bottom) or by wee and poo causing irritation. Sometimes, it might be caused by an infection – just look out for bright red rashes with little bumps.
 
In general, it's a good idea to change nappies at least once during night and use mild soap when washing. You can also help prevent rashes by choosing nappies that are as soft, stretchy, natural and breathable as possible. Making sure your little one’s skin stays clean and healthy at all times, ensures they can comfortably discover all the joys that life has to offer, with Huggies® wipes.

Baby Yogis

Baby yoga helps babies get active and supports all body functions including digestion, nervous system development and circulation. It can be especially useful for babies with colic and can help them relieve tension in the body. 

It is important to only massage your baby when they are happy and healthy, and to avoid massage or yoga if your baby isn't feeling well, or has had a vaccination in the last 72 hours.

Bonding with Baby

Changing time is all too often rushed, but it's a great opportunity to bond and give your little one all your attention. Giving your baby smiles and talking to them while stroking their legs or giving them a little foot massage is great for bonding. Singing a song to them, or having a special "nappy-changing toy" is also a good idea.

The fewer artificial fragrances around you, the better. This lets you exchange your natural smell with your baby, which helps with bonding. A very subtle, calming smell where you're changing, however, is just fine.

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What does sensitive skin look like?

Sensitive skin occurs when the natural skin barrier becomes damaged, allowing moisture to escape from the skin. When the moisture escapes, the skin becomes dry, which leaves it vulnerable to irritants. These irritants then inflame the skin, which can make it tender and itchy.

If your baby has recurring experiences of rashes, or if you notice their skin getting irritated by certain soaps, lotions, detergents, frequent bathing or temperature changes, they might have sensitive skin. This is nothing to worry about, and just means you may need to take some precautions to keep their skin healthy.

What does dry skin look like?

Whether you are one or seventy-one, dry skin looks the same: itchy, stretchy, flaky, and in need of some nourishing moisture! And because it’s super sensitive, baby skin is even more likely to dry out.

It’s quite common for babies to experience dry skin throughout the year. In winter, it’s caused by a mix of cold, dry outdoor air and overheated interiors taking away the natural moisture of baby’s skin. In summer, it’s due to things like sun, salt water, chlorine in pools and air conditioning.

What is nappy rash?

Nappy rash occurs when the skin around the baby's nappy area becomes irritated. This is often caused by prolonged exposure to wee or poo and irritation from the nappy rubbing against skin.

It's easy to spot – you'll notice that the skin around the nappy is red and inflamed, mostly around the bum and legs. It's also extremely common, with up to a third of babies and toddlers experiencing nappy rash at some point. Nappy rash can sometimes cause discomfort and distress, but it's usually nothing to worry about. However, if the rash persists longer than 3 days, it's worth checking with your GP.

Top tips for your Newborn

Most newborns have sensitive skin, the first layer of skin is thin, it takes a while to mature and build up its own barrier. When changing your baby's nappy use gentle, alcohol and fragrance-free products on their skin like Huggies® Newborn Wipes along with a light delicate touch for that special bonding moment.

Treating your little ones sensitive skin

Your baby is no longer a newborn, so their skin sensitivity may have changed. If you feel like your baby's skin is still sensitive then it's best to continue using gentle products with as little added ingredients as possible. Keep a eye out for any changes and monitor how your baby's skin reacts to different products. 

Tips for your baby's sensitive skin

Your baby is getting more active everyday. It is probably difficult to keep them still when changing their nappy so it's a great idea to make nappy time as fun as possible. Try massaging your baby and singing nursery rhymes to keep them engaged. Their skin sensitivity will have reduced as they have built up more natural protection but continue to use gentle alcohol and fragrance free products on any sensitive areas. 

Sensitive skin beyond the first year

Now your little one's first year has passed your nappy changing technique has probably evolved quite significantly. It's a great time for eye contact and teaching them new words by demonstrating sounds with your mouth. If you spot some changes to baby's skin and find they experience sensitivity in a few new areas using gentle products during change time can help keep baby calm.

Top tips for your Newborn

It is normal for babies to have dry skin in the first few weeks of life. If the dryness persists, when changing your baby's nappy use gentle and natural products on their skin and give lots of cuddle to keep them comfortable. Not only will this help protect you're baby's skin, they'll also love the bonding time with you!

Treating yoru little ones dry skin

Your baby is no longer a newborn, so the initial dry or peeling skin may have reduced. However if you feel like your baby's skin is dry then use naturally moisturising products to help nourish their skin and try massaging them with a natural sunflower oil. Your baby will really enjoy this interaction and it makes nappy time a great time for bonding.

Tips for your baby's dry skin

Your baby is getting more active everyday. It is probably difficult to keep them still when changing their nappy. It's a great idea to make nappy time as fun as possible. If their skin is dry, a massage with natural oils will help to nourish the skin and singing nursery rhymes will keep them engaged for a calm nappy change.

Dry skin beyond the first year

As your baby grows your nappy changing technique will have evolved quite significantly and you may find dry skin can flare up in some areas. Keeping them distracted with toys or songs, will help as nappy changes can be a great time to for eye contact and teaching them new words. Adding naturally moisturising products to their change routine can help nourish their skin, along with your loving touch.

Top tips for your newborn

For small, less active babies try some nappy-free time, obviously just prepare yourself for the mess. Alternatively try changing your baby's nappy more regularly, so there is as little contact as possible between your baby's skin and pee and poo.

Treating your little ones nappy rash

For nappy rash, nappy-free time is great, however your baby may be quite active now so this option might just be too messy. Alternatively try changing your baby's nappy more regularly, and use a thin layer of barrier cream at nappy change time to help too. Talking to your baby, giving them cuddles as you go will also help to reassure them if they feel uncomfortable.

Tips for your baby's nappy rash

Now your baby is getting more active everyday keeping them still during an uncomfortable nappy change can be challenging. Change your baby's nappy regularly, telling them what you are going to do before you begin to keep them comfortable. Give lots of cuddles and use a thin layer of barrier cream and gentle products to help soothe their skin.

Nappy rash beyond the first year

Your regular nappy changing technique has probably evolved significantly but as they grow nappy rash can cause its challenges. They are moving more than ever so singing songs together during nappy time can soothe them. Use eye contact and talk them through the nappy change to ensure there are calm and comfortable. And try changing them as much as possible if nappy free time isn’t a viable option. Using a thin layer of barrier cream at nappy change time can help too.

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