Diaper rash is one of the most common skin problems that affect babies. It shows up as red, itching patches in and around the diaper area. Although there are a number of good diaper rash creams available to treat the condition, if you don’t have one at hand, don’t panic! Diaper rash can be managed easily at home with what you have at hand. Read on to know 4 simple home remedies to cure diaper rash!
What causes diaper rash?
Babies suffering from diaper rash will scream when putting on and off a diaper. Sometimes, even sitting on the rashes can trigger intense discomfort. It is important to identify the rash causing factors to prevent the rashes from aggravating or reoccurring in the future.
The constant chafing between diapers, wet wipes and cleaning cloths causes friction on the delicate baby skin. Always handle your new born with gentleness and use alcohol free wipes to clean them. Pick soft and absorbent diapers to keep skin smooth and friction free. Always pat dry their skin after wash instead of rubbing. Tight diapers and underwear can also cause rashes. Pick diapers a size larger to leave some breathing room for the skin.
Babies have the most sensitive skin that can pick up on even the smallest amount of harsh substances. Disinfectant (Dettol), alcohol or fragrance residues in cloth diapers can cause irritation. Even some strong baby lotions, creams, wipes and powders can make the skin react poorly. Pick baby friendly hypoallergenic products with natural ingredients. Rinse baby clothes twice or thrice and use a hot water rinse to completely remove the harsh remnants that irritate the skin.
Tiny rash heads when in the vicinity of pee and poo for a long time, can get infected. Diaper rashes can be either fungal or bacterial and both will better respond to prescription creams than other measures. To prevent infections, soiled diapers should be changed as quickly as possible.
Home remedies to cure diaper rash
Diaper rashes worsen with moisture contact. So using oils to form a protective water repelling barrier can help your baby heal faster. Coconut oil is anti fungal in nature and helps fight fungal diaper rashes. Olive oil and Shea butter are other great options.
One of the easiest home remedies to cure diaper rash, you need nothing more than some white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is a strong acidic substance that inhibits the growth of rashes causing fungi. Instead of other disinfectants, use a mix of equal parts vinegar and water to rinse your baby’s nappies. You can also use the same solution to wash your baby’s bums to keep it infection free.
An old wives’ home remedy for diaper rash, many grandmothers swear on conrflour to keep rashes away. Corn flour absorbs moisture and keeps your baby’s bottom dry, helping the rashes heal faster. Pat dry your baby’s butt and sprinkle a generous amount of corn flour over the skin to draw all the moisture out. Dust the flour off and reapply once more before putting on the diaper. You can also use slightly roasted and browned all-purpose flour instead of corn flour.
4. Homemade Rash Balm
To make an excellent home remedy for diaper rash, you can make your own diaper rash cream. To make your own balm, mix coconut oil, Shea butter and olive oil and store in the refrigerator. When needed, rub some of the balm between your palms to warm it up and apply. You can also add a drop or two of tea tree oil (anti-microbial and anti-fungal), lemon essential oil (anti septic) with a few beeswax pellets for an even stronger protection.
How do you get rid of diaper rash fast?
Breast milk is a wonderful rash remedy rich in antibodies and inflammation curing properties. Apply a few drops of breast milk and air out the rashes to heal them fast.
Is Vaseline good for diaper rash?
Vaseline is a good water repellent, but the petroleum components from which it is extracted are carcinogenic. You can try other natural butters like shea butter or coconut oil to heal the rashes quickly.
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