Teething, Nappy Rash And "Mum Brain" Are Some Of The Most Surprising Aspects Of Irish Parenting

A study conducted by Irish company WaterWipes reveals which Irish parenting moments that can be a right pain in the bum!

We all know that parenting is never what we expected it to be. The reality is, no matter how many books you read, how much you plan, and as much advice as you get beforehand - there's always going to be a spanner thrown in the works! When it comes to Irish parenting, it seems that nappy rash is one of those unplanned spanners.

Research carried out by Irish brand WaterWipes on 500 parents of babies aged between newborn and two years old shows that a staggering 95% of parents said their baby experienced nappy rash at some point. 40% of those surveyed said they were worried their baby was in pain or distress, while 23% felt like a bad parent because of this uncomfortable process for their little ones. 

While nappy rash is a concern for many parents, the number one most unexpected concern for Irish parents is something we can all relate to - teething. What can often feel like a never-ending process, as those teeth slowly begin to rupture out of those little gums, 49% of those surveyed found it the most challenging of times. Teething can lead to constant crying, red cheeks, extreme amounts of dribble, and of course loss of sleep (for the baby and the parent).

Other frustrating parenting moments included being woken up in the middle of the night; when their baby had a "poo-nami" while out and about; and when their baby was sick on themselves after an outfit change. 23% of parents are in constant fear of getting it wrong (fake it 'til you make it, right?); while a fifth of mums were surprised to discover that "mum brain" is very much the real deal.

Is Nappy Free Time Essential For My Baby?

Rosanna Davison, mum and WaterWipes spokesperson, said of these interesting Irish parenting statistics: "I am not surprised by the findings of the research as all aspects of parenting can be really daunting. Parents just want to ensure that their little ones are happy, comfortable and content. Some of my friends have experienced nappy rash with their children and it can be really distressing for baby as well as parents."

GP and mum, Dr Laura Lenihan gave some advice to parents who might be struggling: "Most babies will experience some form of nappy rash, so it is important for parents not to get upset or to feel guilty. I know this can be challenging when trying to juggle all aspects of family life. I was not surprised that the recent WaterWipes research revealed that 28% of parents felt upset when their baby had nappy rash, and 24% felt guilty.

"I know as a mum and GP I also felt the same. For many years now, I have used WaterWipes when changing or cleansing my three children. There are several signs to look out for if you suspect your baby may be suffering from nappy rash. These include red or sore skin, spots, blisters, or pimples can appear around the area, and the skin can at times can be hot to the touch. However, it is important that you contact your GP or public health nurse if you have any concerns."

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