For all you concerned parents that are looking for an effective natural diaper rash treatment with proven results, then stick around and find out more. For those of you looking for chemical treatments using anti-fungal, antibiotic, corticosteroid medications or creams, you may need to make a U turn.
The following treatment methods will be dedicated to using only natural organic, homeopathic and holistic methods to heal your baby’s diaper rash problems. Some methods are so effective that you will notice results within just a few hours.
Diaper Rash Causes
Diaper rash is a very common form of inflamed skin for babies characterized by bright red, puffy, tender skin on the butt, thighs or genitals. Most babies at some point will develop some form of rash around the diaper area.
Diaper rash may be caused by friction due to wet diapers or irritants like feces, urine or cleaning agents rubbing against the baby’s skin. It may also be triggered by a fungal or yeast infection following antibiotic use or an allergic reaction to solid foods,diapers, detergents, baby wipes, soap, harsh skin products.
In the following article we are going take an intensive look at natural diaper rash prevention and natural diaper rash treatments.
Natural Prevention Methods
1. Keep your baby’s skin clean and dry. Change your baby’s diaper regularly in a timely manner. Use a light dusting of Natural Powder after bathing Baby and at every nappy change time to assist in the absorption of excess moisture. For a natural organic baby powder, try using Aromababy’s Natural Powder with Organic Lavender. It is a pure and natural edible grade cornstarch powder which is completely talc free and contains only pure essential oil of French lavender to soothe Baby’s skin and refresh the nappy area.
2. Check your baby’s diaper after he or she wakes up from sleeping as many babies will urinate after falling asleep.
3. If a rash is triggered by an allergic reaction to certain solid foods, you might consider stopping that particular food and reintroducing it in a few months. Introduce solid foods slowly to allow time for your baby’s digestive system to adjust.
Chronic or severe diaper rashes might be the result of food allergies. Common allergies include dairy, wheat, corn, eggs and soy. Contact your baby’s health care provider to set up a specific diaper rash treatment plan related to allergies.
4. Avoid using baby wipes that contain harsh drying ingredients. Simply wipe with plain water or use only sensitive natural organic baby wipes which are gentle and nourishing for your baby’s skin. Stay away from wipes that contain alcohol.
5. If your baby wears cloth diapers, try adjusting your laundry detergent and adding an extra rinse to the cycle. You might also try adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the first rinse as well.
6. Don’t rub your baby’s tender sensitive skin. If it is wet after a bath, just pat dry. Rubbing can irritate the already-tender skin.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatments
1. Break open a 400 IU capsule of vitamin E and apply it directly to the diaper rash area. Vitamin E contains powerful antioxidants helping the skin to heal much quicker.
2. If it is feasible, letting your baby go without a diaper during the day will allow a rash to heal faster.
3. For scaly or dry diaper rashes, apply natural oil such as Vitamin E oil or other organic natural essential oils. Other natural remedies for rash include calendula which is known for its soothing properties. Bod For Bubs Cowboys & Itchy Bums Barrier Cream is a very effective product that contains organic calendula, chickweed and aloe extracts, essential oils and homeopathic remedies to help assist dry, itchy and irritated skin.
4. If your baby has developed a diaper rash using disposables, consider using cloth diapers with a breathable wool or cotton cover to see if the rash improves. Many people believe that babies who wear cloth diapers get fewer diaper rashes because cloth diapers allow more air to pass over the skin thus keeping it drier.
5. For a great homemade remedy, mix 3 Tablespoon of cornstarch with the contents of 1 chamomile tea bag. The cornstarch helps keep the skin dry and the chamomile helps to reduce redness and inflammation. Use at every diaper change you should see results within a day. (Be careful using cornstarch if the rash is caused by fungus growth, the cornstarch provides an ideal culture, and cause the organism to multiply).
6. If your baby’s diaper rash is caused by an overgrowth of Candida (yeast) you can clean your baby’s bottom naturally using one cup of water mixed with one teaspoon baking soda to help kill Candida.
7. Use plain flour – I learnt this one from a friend and apparently, it works. Simply fry some plain flour using a pan using medium heat until brown (NOT BURNT). Store this powder in any glass container and use it on diaper rash prone areas after bathing or diaper change. If you don’t want to go through all the trouble, you can try Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder which is 100% talc-free, phthalate free and paraben free.
8. Give Pure COCONUT OIL a go for nasty severe diaper rash with bleeding sores and whiteheads. (Stay away from the toxic petroleum jelly and use pure natural coconut oil instead). It has many uses and great for other problems like ear infections and skin burns…..Plus you can EAT IT!
Every form of healing has its place. If your baby’s rash doesn’t respond to natural treatments or your baby develops other symptoms along with his rash, like fever or irritability, be sure to contact your baby’s health care provider right away for alternative treatment.
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