What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash is a skin irritation in the area covered by a baby’s nappy. Nappy rash appears as redness, lesions, swelling, or spots on a baby’s bottom, thighs, and genitals. The affected skin may also feel warm to the touch. This can occur at any time during a child’s nappy-wearing stage. Around 1 in 4 babies and toddlers in nappies have nappy rash at any one time. Nappy rash is very common during the first year of a baby’s life. The reason is that the baby’s skin is thinner and more permeable, and stools are more frequent.
Causes of nappy rash:
- Friction caused by wet skin
- Irritants in faeces and urine
- Thrush is caused by Candida Albicans, a type of yeast that thrives in warm, moist places such as a nappy area
- Foods such as acidic fruits (oranges, strawberries, etc.)
- Medications, some antibiotics can cause nappy rash
What is Eczema?
Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin, it normally shows up as a red, itchy rash and can lead to dry, flaky and even cracked skin.
In babies, eczema often starts on the forehead, cheeks, chin, or thighs. Eczema normally starts in the first few months after birth.
Causes of Eczema
Eczema is a very common and affects every 1 in 5 children. The causes of eczema are unknown, although there are several contributing factors: A baby or toddler’s skin is much more sensitive to external irritants such as clothes, soap and or climate, which can all contribute to developing eczema. Another contributing factor is allergies, allergies to food or to external sources such as pets can cause eczema.
Medibalm Nappy Rash & Eczema Ointment with honey, zinc, corn starch, calendula oil and coconut oil help in the acute treatment of nappy rash and eczema in babies and toddlers. Medibalm has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties while forming a protective barrier over sensitive skin.
The use of honey in skin care dates to the earliest civilizations, showing its therapeutic virtues. Honey is mainly composed of fructose and glucose containing proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components. It is from these components where honey draws it many properties. Some of these properties include:
- Wound healing
- Humectant (moisturizing)
Calendula oil infused in Grape seed oil
Calendula oil is a natural oil extracted from marigold flowers. Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that may be useful in wound healing, soothing eczema, and treating diaper rash.
Recent studies have found that ointments containing calendula oil may promote skin hydration and firmness.
Corn starch may be used to treat a variety of skin issues. Corn starch is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, C and minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron which may help to stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin cells and maintain healthy skin. Corn starch is also a natural drying agent that can help with yeast infections on the skin.
Zinc is found throughout the body and is an essential trace element important to the normal functioning of the immune system and metabolism, among other things.
Zinc has been used in topical preparations for centuries as an anti-itch, anti-inflammatory, photo protecting, and soothing agent. It may help for a number of dermatological conditions including:
- Inflammatory dermatoses
- Pigmentary disorders
Coconut oil is a highly saturated oil with possible dermatological benefits.
Some benefits of using coconut oil for the skin include:
- Moisturizing dry skin, including conditions such as eczema
- Reduces inflammation
- Promotes wound healing
- Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
- Soothes damaged and broken skin
- Supports skin revitalizing
Some studies have found that coconut oil might help prevent rashes and improve the barrier function of the skin.