You hate to see it on your little one's bottom, and your baby doesn't enjoy it, either. While far from being a serious medical problem, it's another of life's little discomforts. Luckily, there are plenty of gentle, effective home remedies to soothe your baby's bottom.
First we have to know what diaper rash is?
Diaper/nappy rash is simply irritated skin that is often red, cracked and very painful to the baby. It can have blisters on it and is sometimes puffy. Dermatitis of the thighs and buttocks of infants; supposedly caused by ammonia in the urine in the child's diapers
Risk factors for diaper rash?
• Infrequent diaper changes.
• Friction from rough diapers.
• Improper laundering of diapers.
• Family history of skin allergies.
• Hot, humid weather, uses of wipes and perfume soaps.
Tips for Treating a Diaper Rash Caused by Simple Irritation
• Let your baby be without a diaper for 15-30 minutes a few times a day.
• Change diapers frequently and immediately when wet.
• For cloth diaper, rinse them twice to remove detergents and other chemicals after washing.
• Use a gentle perfume-free soap or even just plain water when cleaning the area. Make sure the diaper area is quite dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
• Avoid wipes, especially those with fragrance or alcohol.
• Keep the diapers a bit loose so are can circulate and the area can "breathe." Avoid plastic pants, which hold the moisture in.
• When washing cloth diapers, put half cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle to help get rid of alkaline irritants.
• Use a protective barrier cream or ointment on the area after each diaper change. Put plenty of Vaseline or oil on baby and diaper. This forms a waterproof layer between baby's skin and diaper.
• Don't use irritating soaps to clean the baby's bottom.
• Avoid corn starch, which yeast love to eat, and talcum powder, which can cause trouble if inhaled into the lungs.
What can you do about diaper rash?
If your baby or toddler does get diaper rash, however, the treatment tips are generally the same for both:
• Wash babies’ bottom with cool water, let dry. Then with a clean cotton ball drenched in whole milk apply onto baby's bottom and let air dry. Repeat process 2 to 3 times before putting a diaper back on. Rash should disappear overnight, or the next. Works great for teething diapers too.
• Use always “alcohol- and perfume-free wipes” when cleaning your child, so you don't upset their already irritated skin or use just plain water.
• Dab dry rash area with a soft cloth and apply Vaseline or any rash-free creams or gel.
• Pour milk of magnesia all over the rash and next diaper change, the rash will be almost healed. Use until rash is disappears.
• Fill up the baby's tub with water and add some oatmeal. Put the baby in the bath and wash the area that has the diaper rash for 15 minutes.
• Cook some flour in a frying pan on medium heat; keep sifting the flour with a fork until it turns light golden brown. At each diaper change, sprinkle a little bit on the baby's bottom. You should see results within 2-3 days.
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