Need a Diaper Rash Remedy?
Diaper rash. Sooner or later, it will affect your newborn baby. Knowing which diaper rash remedy to use, and why, will serve you well when the time comes.
What is diaper rash?That diaper rash happens should be no surprise to anyone. Warm, moist, acidic urine or feces held against delicate skin for prolonged periods of time is bound to take effect.
Before you begin looking for a diaper rash remedy, it is helpful to understand the different types of diaper rash. Some home remedies for diaper rash will not help - and may actually make the symtoms worse if used for the wrong type of rash. It is also possible that using the wrong type of diaper rash remedy may cause additional pain to your infant - which is heartbreaking when they are already dealing with pain.
Irritation RashThis is the most common diaper rash. It happens when sensitive skin is exposed to irritants. In some cases, this can become quite red and even bleed, turning into severe diaper rash.
Something as simple as a breast feeding mom eating acidic food could trigger an irritation rash in her baby. An irritation rash could also be a reaction to materials in a particular brand of disposable diapers, detergent for cloth diapers, commercial wet wipes, or baby diarrhea.
Treating an irritation rash includes cleansing the area so that the acidity which caused the problem is neutralized. It is best to not use commercial wet wipes for this, since most contain alcohol and other ingredients that will cause pain and additional irritation. A washcloth or paper towel dampened with water will work well.
Here are some other ideas for neutralizing:
The next step is to thoroughly dry the area. Of all the home remedies for diaper rash, the best and cheapest diaper rash remedy is simply allowing the area to "air out". If you are able, lay your diaperless baby on her tummy on a plastic sheet that is covered by a towel. Let her spend at least 10 minutes a couple of times a day like this and you should see improvement.
If you are unable to use this method (it doesn't work well in the grocery store), you may simply pat the area dry with a towel (don't rub - this will further irritate the rash). You may even try using a blow dryer on the low, cool setting (or the hand dryer in the public restrooms - but only if you are alone...or people will think you are crazy).
Once the area is clean and dry, apply a barrier cream that will soothe and promote healing. This will also protect the area from further damage. Some ideas for this are: olive oil, coconut oil, bag balm (literally for cow udders - but works well for babies), aloe, lanolin (like Lansinoh- generally used for sore nipples in breastfeeding moms), or a non-toxic commercial diaper ointment or cream.
Another great diaper rash remedy available to breast feeding moms is using breast milk on the affected area. Allow this to air dry and then cover with a barrier cream.
Bacterial RashA bacterial rash is usually an irritation rash gone bad. Bacteria from feces and urine infect already irritated skin, causing an infection. These rashes will sometimes have open sores and ooze. You can try a bacterial ointment (such as bacitracin or Neosporin), but consulting your doctor is always advised.
Yeast RashAlso known as a fungal rash, this is when the fungus Candida Albicans (from the intestines) attacks the skin. Often characterized by a raised, red rash with pimple-like pustules at the edges, this is the same rash as jock itch or athlete's foot, and is treated in the same way. Doctors ususally recommend over the counter Lotrimin cream (NOT to be confused with Lotrisone) to clear up this one. If this does not take care of the rash, you may need a prescription.
Yeast loves a warm, moist environment, so frequent "airing out" is very beneficial (see some of the ideas above). When a yeast rash is present, do NOT use cornstarch, as it promotes the growth of yeast.
Allergy RashIf you believe that your baby's diaper rash is due to an allergic reaction, you will need to do some investigating for the cause. Some possibilities are: your particular brand of disposable diapers, commercial wet wipes, your detergent if using cloth diapers, something that your baby (or you, if you are breast feeding) ate, your baby wash or lotion, or your mother-in-law. (OK - that one is not true. Sorry if I had your hopes up there!)
Is a commercial diaper rash remedy a good idea?While a commercial diaper rash cream can be effective for irritation rashes, some people are uncomfortable with ingredients that may be questionable. Since a newborn baby's nervous system is immature and more susceptible to toxins, being cautious is wise.
If you have the option of using a diaper rash remedy with ingredients that you know and can pronounce, it gives you a little peace of mind in this toxic world. There are two diaper creams that I am comfortable recommending. Angel Baby Bottom Balm is a great product with all natural ingredients and zero toxins and Diaper Distress Cream soothes and clears diaper irritations without the risk of unwanted side effects.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...If you discover that your newborn baby does not have "buns of steel" and is susceptible to diaper rash, a little routine prevention will serve you both well. Consistently applying a barrier cream (like those listed above) is a great way to give extra protection all of the time.
Some people like the idea of sprinkling a powder (like baby powder or corn starch) on the baby's bottom or in the diaper in order to absorb and protect. Caution should be taken when using these, as breathing problems (sometimes severe) have been associated with inhaling powders.
Determining the cause of the rash will be important if your baby is fighting this problem often. Sometimes the cause is obvious, while other times you may have to put on your detective hat and start sleuthing. The good news is that with a good diaper rash remedy, the problem should clear up within a few hours to a few days.
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