Diaper Rash and Babies
Diaper rash is something that most babies have at some point while they’re wearing diapers. The rash is caused by the acids found in the urine and faeces.
These acids can burn your baby’s tender skin. If your baby has diaper rash it doesn’t mean that you’ve left the diaper on too long.
It’s just that babies have skin that is very sensitive and prone to irritation. You’ll know if your baby has a diaper rash.
Her little bottom and genital area will be red, shiny, and may even have little blisters. If your baby has severe diaper rash you’ll want your doctor to have a look to be sure that it’s not some either type of skin infection or irritation.
For mild diaper rash, there are several different natural remedies that you can use to both ease the discomfort and get rid of the rash altogether.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great way to soothe your baby’s sore and raw bottom. All you need to do is put about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into your baby’s warm bath.
Then let your baby have some fun time in the bath for about 10 minutes. You can do this two or three times a day.
Oatmeal is another natural remedy that you can add to your baby’s bath. Add about 1 tablespoon of dry oatmeal to the bath water.
Oatmeal will help to protect and soothe your baby’s sensitive skin.
Washing Cloth Diapers with Vinegar
Your baby’s urine is very alkaline and can burn her delicate skin. Adding vinegar to the rinse water can help to neutralize the ammonia that is found in urine.
Vinegar will also help to get rid of diaper smells as well as any soap buildup that can occur. Just add about a ½ cup to the rinse water when washing your baby’s diapers.
Avoid Commercial Baby Wipes
Those commercial baby wipes that are so popular contain a lot of chemicals, perfumes, and alcohol that can irritate and dry your baby’s tender skin.
This can lead to a rash, and if your baby already has a rash, can make it much worse. Instead of using commercial wipes use only water and cloth wipes.
For those messier diaper changes, you can use a mild soapy solution using natural soap. The same goes for those harsh commercial detergents that you’re using to wash cloth diapers.
If your baby is having problems with diaper rash you might want to consider switching to a natural detergent and doing a double rinse.
Frequent Diaper Changes
Even though diaper rash isn’t caused by leaving a diaper on too long, if your baby has a rash you’ll want to change her diaper a little more frequently.
This is because urine and faeces will cause a burning feeling to a little bottom that is already irritated. Go on diaper-alert and start changing every hour or so to see if you can get rid of the diaper rash completely.
Be sure to be very gentle so that your baby doesn’t start to protest about all those extra diaper changes that she’s being put through.
If the diaper rash continues you might want to think about changing the type of diaper that you’re using.
Some babies who have a chronic rash from disposable diapers do much better if you switch to using a cloth diaper made from natural cotton or bamboo.
Natural Diaper Balm
Diaper rash balms can help to soothe a rash and make it start to disappear. Make sure that you avoid using commercial diaper rash creams that are made from synthetic ingredients and petroleum.
Look for natural products that contain vitamin E, evening primrose oil, lanolin, and calendula.
Natural diaper balms can help to form a barrier between your baby’s skin and the diaper without sealing the skin completely and preventing air circulation.
The chamomile flower is an antihistamine and an antioxidant. It’s very beneficial for treating diaper rash and soothing your baby’s bottom.
When your baby is having a bath, just throw in a couple of bags of chamomile tea. After the bath, let her bottom air dry before putting on a diaper.
Another option is to put a couple of bags of chamomile tea right into the diaper to help absorb acids and keep them away from your baby’s skin.
Airing Out Your Baby
One of the best things that you can do for diaper rash is to let your baby’s bottom air out as much as possible without having a diaper over it.
For younger babies just put a heavier blanket on the floor and let her play without a diaper on for as long as she likes.
Not having a diaper on and letting the skin get plenty of air can not only help to soothe your baby, but it can also help to clear up a diaper rash fast.
Do what you can to make your baby as comfortable as possible from a rash.