Due to the delicate nature of their skin, and despite our best efforts to prevent them, almost all babies develop diaper rash, at some point. For some babies, this painful rash is a rare occurrence, while for other babies, diaper rashes are a frequent unwelcome nuisance.
Babies develop diaper rashes because their bottoms are usually covered with diapers constantly. Of course, the moisture that builds up under the diaper, along with the fact that diapers tend to get messy often, is the ideal setting for this painful skin irritation. It’s important to note that diaper rashes occur regardless of whether your baby is wearing a disposable or cloth diaper.
How To Preventing Diaper Rash
- Try to change diapers as soon as they get wet
- When washing and drying your baby’s bottom, pay special attention to creases and skin folds
- Avoid using too much pressure or scrubbing your baby’s bottom
- Wipe or pat the delicate skin of your baby’s bottom gently
- Wipe from front to back to avoid transferring bacteria to the genital area
- Don’t tie the diaper too tightly. Allow some room for air to flow inside
- Avoid using harsh or perfumed soaps while washing cloth diapers
- Avoid plastic diaper covers
- Rinse cloth diapers thoroughly with very hot water
- Let your baby go bare bottom for 15 to 30 minutes a day
Natural Home Remedies For Diaper Rash
Most commercial diaper rash creams contain the following warning: “Do not use over deep or puncture wounds, infections or lacerations. When using this product avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away”. Even though I am not a parent yet, I know that as a parent I would think twice before covering my baby’s delicate skin with an ointment that contains such a serious warning. But, the good news is that all natural, homemade diaper rash creams are easy to make and are just as effective as OTC commercial diaper rash creams…and this is how:
- If your baby already has diaper rash, putting oatmeal in his/her bath water will help sooth the affected area.
- Wash your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water after every bowel movement and gently dab dry with your own homemade natural baby wipes (Find Recipe Instructions Here)
- One of the most effective ways of preventing diaper rash is to create a waterproof barrier between your baby’s delicate skin and his or her diaper.
- Natural Diaper Rash Cream Recipe: mix 6tbsp of organic virgin Shea butter with 4tbsp of organic virgin cocoa butter, 2tbsp golden Jojoba oil, 1tbsp of sweet Almond oil, 1tbsp of Chamomile essential oil, and 1tbsp of Lavender essential oil to create a sort of body butter. Rub a generous amount onto baby’s bottom after each diaper change.
- Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Diaper Rash Cream Recipe: Organic, virgin and unadulterated coconut oil is free from bleaching agents and can be used as a diaper rash cream, facial moisturizer, hair conditioner and even shaving cream. Virgin organic coconut oil is highly effective at reduce skin inflammation and soothing rashes. To make this natural diaper rash cream mix 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/2 cup Shea butter and 2tbsp golden Jojoba oil, which is a natural fungicide, and apply to baby’s bottom after each diaper change.
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