Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash
Ouch! Few things are more uncomfortable than baby's
diaper rash. Almost all babies have at least one case of rash during
their diapering years. Using a natural remedy may be best for baby's
delicate diaper area. Here are a few tips:
Let baby air out
Taking off the diaper and allowing baby to lie naked on a towel or
blanket as often as possible may clear up rash. Or pin on a cloth
diaper loosely so air can circulate.
Clean baby with water and cloth wipes
Commercial baby wipes contain chemicals and perfumes that can
irritate baby's skin, predisposing him to rash or making an existing
one worse. Cleaning baby with water and cloth wipes (or using a mild
natural soapy solution for messy changes) is preferable.
Use natural detergents for diaper laundry
Residues left in commercial detergents may be harsh, drying baby's
skin. Switch to a natural detergent and do a double rinse.
Change baby frequently
For a time, go on hyper alert and change baby's diaper quickly each
time it gets soiled. Urine and fecal matter can burn baby's skin and
cause painful rash. This is especially true as baby begins eating
solid foods. Breastfed babies generally have fewer episodes of rash.
If you're bottle feeding and baby's rash is persistent, talk to your
Pediatrician about changing the formula.
Try a diaper change In addition to changing baby
frequently, try using a different kind of diaper altogether. Some
babies who experienced chronic rash with disposables will do much
better with cloth diapers. Or at least switch to perfume free,
natural disposables like the ones made by Seventh Generation, Tushies, MotherNature or Nature Boy & Girl.
Treat thrush (yeast infection)
Thrush is a common cause of diaper rash. Following the above tips
will help, but if it persists, talk to your Pediatrician. S/he may
recommend an antifungal medication safe for baby. You can also try
Gentian Violet, available at many drugstores. Ask your Doctor for
recommendations. A baking soda wash (one Tablespoon dissolved in a
half cup of water) may help also. Pat it on baby's bum with cotton
balls after each change.
Acidophilus is safe for babies and can help combat
yeast, especially a rash that may appear after baby has taken
antibiotics. Ask a health care provider to recommend a brand and
Use a bottom balm
Try a diaper rash cream made from natural ingredients to help form a
barrier, keeping waste away from baby's skin. Look for calendula,
Vitamin E and evening primrose oil in the list of ingredients.
Burt's Bees and
Weleda are excellent brands.
Talk to your Doctor
Persistent rash (especially if it's a "bulls eye" around the baby's
bottom) can be a symptom of food allergy. Your Doctor may recommend
an elimination diet to help you find the culprit. Often babies
outgrow their sensitivities at around age 3 and you might be able to
reintroduce the food then.
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