Home Remedies To Combat Diaper Rash
If you are a parent or caregiver, and of course you are if you are reading this, you have probably had your share of dealing with the ever-dreaded diaper rash.
There are a couple of reasons why your baby has gotten diaper rash. Your baby may have encountered an allergy to something they are eating if they have started solids, have had a bad bout of diarrhea, or the issue can be traced to the kind of diapers they are wearing. Another more common cause is your baby may need more diaper changes throughout the day.
The key to combating diaper rash is prevention and the quickest way is to make sure your baby’s skin stays as dry as possible. Prolonged exposure to stool and urine is one of the main causes of this common issue. If you are already doing that, and have ruled out possible yeast infection or food allergy, the cause may be with the diaper itself.
Along with prevention, there are a number of things you can do to ease your baby’s discomfort. Of course finding an ointment, paste or cream specifically intended for treating diaper rash is imperative. Steer clear from lotions as they can further irritate skin and fail to create a barrier between the diaper and your child’s delicate bottom. The best kind of over-the-counter treatment will contain a high amount of zinc oxide, which is insoluble in water and creates a thick protection between your baby’s skin and waste. Also, opt for one that is free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, and talc.
There are also other home remedies that can help things improve:
Buy proper-fitting diapers. Sometimes the culprit is tightfitting diapers that don’t allow enough airflow to the skin. Make sure you are properly sizing baby’s diapers to avoid possible irritation. Not all diapers are created equal so picking a good absorbent, yet chemical-free AND super dry-to-the-skin diaper is essential. There are so many diapers on the market that can be counterproductive to keeping your baby comfy. Having an alternative option can make a world of difference.
Rinse your baby’s skin between changes. This can be done with a bottle of warm water or moist washcloths but try to avoid using baby wipes unless they are fragrance-free water wipes and do not scrub. Scrubbing can create further irritation.
Ditch the diaper for a while. When possible, let your child be free from diaper coverage. The natural flow of air will help keep skin dry. And of course place a towel under your baby during these times to avoid messes.
Be on the lookout. If the infected area begins to ooze or bleed, and/or is accompanied by fever, call your doctor. Give them a ring also if the rash doesn’t show signs of clearing up in a few days, becomes severe, or doesn’t respond to home treatment.
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Diaper rash can definitely be a pain, especially for your baby, but it doesn’t have to be a chronic issue if you stay proactive and follow a regime that will keep your baby at ease. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org