Bepanthen ointment: What is it and how does it work?
Monday, June 22, 2020

What is Bepanthen?

Bepanthen® is a clinically proven nappy rash ointment with a dual action. It works in two ways to care for baby’s delicate skin and protect it from the causes of nappy rash. A thin layer of Bepanthen® nappy care ointment may be applied on baby’s clean, dry bottom at every nappy change.

How does it work?

Bepanthen protects:

  • Clinically proven, Bepanthen works by forming a transparent, breathable layer helping to protect baby’s skin from the irritants and rubbing that can cause nappy rash

Bepanthen cares:

  • Bepanthen contains Provitamin B5 which gently helps sensitive skin to repair its natural protective barrier while keeping it soft, smooth and moisturised

What is nappy rash?

Almost every baby will get nappy rash at least once during the first 3 years of life.

Nappy rash is an irritant dermatitis caused by the environment in the nappy. Typically, nappy rash tends to be limited to the nappy area and skin creases aren’t usually affected.

Despite the advances in nappy care, nappy rash is still a common skin condition in babies and can be distressing for both baby and mother.

Causes of nappy rash

  • Prolonged contact of the skin with urine or faeces
  • Sensitive skin
  • Rubbing or chafing of the nappy
  • Soap, detergent or bubble bath
  • Baby wipes
  • Diarrhoea or other illness
  • Antibiotics
  • Change of diet

How is Bepanthen® formulated?

Bepanthen® nappy care ointment is a water-in-oil formulation containing 5% Dexpanthenol (Provitamin B5). The gentle formula contains a minimum of ingredients and is free from colours, perfumes, preservatives and antiseptics.

As a result, it can be used at every nappy change to help protect the most sensitive of skin, including that of premature babies.

Leading paediatricians and dermatologists recommend using a gentle barrier ointment to protect against the causes of nappy rash. Bepanthen® nappy care ointment is the only leading product meeting all the seven gold standards of an ideal nappy care protect.

Extra care to protect the baby’s bottom should be taken when:

  • They are premature
  • They are teething
  • They are unwell or recovering from a vaccination taking antibiotics
  • Their skin is sensitive or there’s eczema in the family
  • They have a tummy upset
  • Their diet has changed, e.g. weaning

Skincare advice to prevent nappy rash

There are a few simple steps parents can take to help to protect against the causes of nappy rash:

  • Change the nappy often to stop stale urine or faeces being in contact with the delicate skin
  • Clean the area thoroughly and allow to dry completely at each nappy change
  • Use a protective ointment such as Bepanthen® at every nappy change and especially at bedtime
  • Allow skin to breathe – let baby kick their legs without a nappy as often as possible
  • Loosen the nappy so that air can circulate
  • Give the baby nappy-free time before going to bed

Pop into your local CarePlus Pharmacy to pick up some Bepanthen® ointment and chat with our friendly baby advisers in store.