After Giving Birth, 7-9 Months
This is a skin irritation on the bottom and the area covered by the nappy. It is a red, pimply rash, which if it becomes infected can blister and fill with pus. Nappy rash can occur at any time and some babies are more prone to it than others. It can get worse when your baby is teething or when weaning starts (which could indicate a food allergy).
Nappy rash treatment
- You should change your baby's nappy frequently and make sure the nappy area is well cleaned.
- Let your baby have as much nappy free time as possible.
- Use only fragrance free products.
- Apply a layer of barrier cream such as zinc and castor cream, Sudocrem or E45 nappy cream.
- Do not use talcum powder on your baby's bottom.
- If using disposable nappies try changing the brand in case your baby has developed an allergy to them.
- If you use cloth nappies then use non-biological washing powder and put some white vinegar into the fabric softener drawer.
- Give your baby plenty of fluids so that her urine is less acidic.
- If the nappy rash persists, gets worse or you think it may have become infected, see your GP who will be able to prescribe a treatment.
You will be given an appointment to see the health visitor when your baby is 7 months old. Your baby's height and head circumference will be measured and they will be weighed. Her hearing will be checked, by seeing if she responds to noise.
She will have developmental checks, which will include seeing if she can grasp an object and pass it from one hand to the other. You will be asked if she is babbling and if she is saying any distinguishable words, is she crawling and sitting up. Your health visitor will also want to know how weaning is progressing. You will also be given a postnatal depression questionnaire to fill out.
Introducing babies to swimming early can help them build confidence in the water. They will be able to move more freely than they can out of water, as their body is supported by the water. The advice regarding when to take babies swimming has changed over the years. None of the infections that babies are immunised against can be contracted from chlorinated water, so you will not need to wait until your baby has had her immunisations. If you are concerned about the new guidelines speak to your health visitor.
Many pools do Mums and Tots sessions which have toys, music, singing with actions and staff on hand to advise you. There are also a variety of privately run swimming lessons, including swimming under water. But remember that most pools will now have a policy where children under 5 must be supervised one to one by an adult, so you may have to enlist some adult helpers. Check with your local pool on their rules regarding this.
Either reusable or disposable swim nappies are the best option for in the pool. You can always put a swimming costume or trunks over the top of the swim nappies. There are also a range of baby armbands and floats available.
Tips for swimming with babies
- Make sure you leave a gap of an hour between a feed or a meal and swimming.
- Put your swimming costume underneath your clothes to make changing easier.
- Do not take your baby swimming if they are unwell.
- Hold your baby close in the water to begin with, so that they feel safe.
- Talk, sing and have lots of eye contact with your baby.
- Be lead by your baby, once she seems cold or tired then get her out.
- Leave her towel at the poolside to wrap her up.
- Shower off the chlorinated water, but always check the shower temperature first.
- Take a snack for older babies or a bottle (or be prepared to feed) younger babies.