Bye, Bye Sore Bottoms: Nappy Rash (and how to avoid it)

Photography by Belle Verdiglione

Nappy rash: it’s the bane of so many families’ lives. Thankfully, there are some lovely, natural options to combat or, even better, avoid sore bottoms.

Natural Brands

Rua Kids’ beautiful, apothecary-style glass bottles and packaging reflect its commitment to the highest quality organic ingredients: tea tree for its antibacterial and antifungal qualities, natural beeswax, plus soothing oils including calendula and lavender. Elsewhere in the range there’s the Nappy Area Wash Spritzer which replaces the need for wipes and the Sweet Breeze Spritzer to neutralise that soggy nappy smell.

Pure Nature offers the well-loved Tui Baby Balm: an excellent all-natural healing, soothing and barrier salve. The propolis used in Bee Balm is often referred to as “nature’s antibiotic”, it’s a marvellous, natural substance produced by bees to prevent bacterial infection in the hive. Baby Balm is especially made for an infant’s delicate skin, formulated with natural moisturising oils and soothing herbs to nurture and protect sensitive skin.  It can be used for nappy rash, baby massage as well as mum’s cracked nipples and stretch-marks.

Pure Nature also stocks Rhino Repair Cream, as well as nappy rash this salve can be used by all the family including pets! It contains twelve awesome natural ingredients including manuka honey, neem, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

Finally, there’s Weleda Rash Relief Cream, a highly effective traditional, herbal product from a very well-respected brand.

Home Made

When it comes to baby’s sensitive bottom, some parents may want to go a step further and make their own nappy balm.  You can be sure the ingredients are pure if they’re chosen by you, and the process is surprisingly simple and satisfyingly creative (if you’ve got the time and inclination, you can go to town on the jars and labels as well).

Pinterest is a great place to start when it comes to recipes, or follow these simple steps:

 Basic Nappy Balm Recipe

You’ll need to emulsify beeswax with a more liquid oil: I’d recommend the wonder-ingredient coconut for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

To emulsify, place a heat proof bowl over gently simmering water on a stovetop and allow the oils to melt together.

Take the bowl off the heat, allow the oils to cool.

Add essential oils such as tea tree and lavender.

Place in a glass jar and you’re nappy ready.

Homemade Balm: Where to Find Ingredients

Go Native NZ stocks high-quality organic butters, waxes and essential oils.  GoodByeSandFly also sells Calendula seeds and gives detailed instructions on how to make your own healing Calendula oil.

Check out Go Native’s great range of DIY Kits.

 

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