5 All Natural Remedies For Diaper Rash
Fortunately simple home remedies for diaper rash are usually enough to heal your infant's red, raw and shiny genital area.
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A newborn diaper rash (irritant diaper dermatitis) can be a reason your baby is cranky or crying, as this type of skin rash in the diaper area is very painful.
Especially, when they wear a wet or soiled diaper.
The ammonia in baby's urine stings terrible in the affected area of baby's bum.
What is a newborn diaper rash?
Diaper rash is a skin condition caused by irritants, allergies, infection or other diseases. Where the diaper touches the skin you can see redness and scaling, and sometimes we see:
- Pimples, blisters or sores.
- Push filled sores.
Usually this rash does not spread beyond the diaper area.
What causes diaper rash?
- Skin irritation caused by the diaper that rubs against the skin.
- When your baby's skin is in contact with a wet or soiled diaper too long. The increased skin pH caused by urine and stool will damage baby's delicate skin. Heat and moisture make it also easier for germs to grow.
- Especially when your baby has diarrhea he is more likely to get a diaper rash. Changing your baby more regularly does help to keep him dry and clean.
- When baby's diet changes from breast milk to solid foods they are more likely to get a diaper rash.
- Some babies have an allergic reaction to the diaper material itself
- When you are breastfeeding and take antibiotics your baby has an increased risk of getting a yeast diaper rash.
How to treat a newborn diaper rash?
If you know what causes diaper rash it becomes more obvious how to treat it. The best newborn diaper rash remedy is to leave your baby without nappies as long and whenever possible.
- Keep the skin clean. Gently wash the diaper area with water and a soft wash cloth or wet cotton ball.
- Don't rub the inflamed skin but carefully pat the diaper area dry. Rubbing may only cause more damage to the irritated skin. You can also use a hairdryer set to cool to dry the skin folds.
- Avoid baby powder for infant diaper rash as this may cause lung damage. Tiny particles of the powder, that get released during application may get in baby's lungs.
- Before you put on a clean diaper apply a thick layer of barrier cream with zinc oxide. Make sure the new diaper is not too tight.
Home remedies for diaper rash
Here are 5 all natural cures for diaper rash you can try.
- Mix a few drops of grapefruit extract with a table spoon of olive oil. Apply to the inflamed area.
- Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of chamomile and 2 table spoons of cod-liver oil. Apply to baby's irritated skin.
- Wisk the egg white of 1 or 2 eggs and apply to baby's sore bottom.
- Apply Maalox (which is used for stomach acid) on baby's bottom. This is not suitable for fungus (yeast infection).
- Mix ½ a table spoon of baking soda with 16 ounces of water. Spray on baby's bottom, leave for a while and then clean it.
Or you can try to make an all natural homemade diaper rash cream and many more homemade baby care recipes available at WellnessMama.com
How to prevent a newborn diaper rash?
- Frequently change diapers. At least every two or three hours.
- Clean baby's bottom with water and if necessary with a very mild soap. Avoid baby wipes with a fragrance.
- Always allow the diaper area to dry completely before you put on a clean diaper.
- Protect baby's skin with a barrier cream every time you change his diaper.
- If you are breast feeding and need to take antibiotics add a little extra yoghurt to your diet. This may prevent your baby from getting a yeast diaper rash.
- Using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers can also reduce the chance of newborns getting a diaper rash.
When is medical help required?
- The rash is not going away or getting worse after 3 days trying remedies for diaper rash at home.
- The baby skin rash includes pus filled sores.
- The rash has spread to other areas of the body.
- The diaper rash occurs in the first 6 weeks of your newborns life.
- Your baby is not eating well and has a fever.
A severe diaper rash that doesn't respond to any therapy can be caused by rare diseases like congenital syphilis, hystiocystosis X or zinc deficiency. Contact your pediatrician if your baby's rash doesn't respond to of these remedies for diaper rash.