4 Home Remedies to cure diaper rash
A baby’s skin may become irritated by wet or soiled nappies that are worn for too long. Any traces of ammonia and faecal bacteria can cause infection. Diaper (or nappy) rash affects most babies at some time. The bacteria that produce this rash thrive in an alkaline medium. Breastfed babies are less prone to diaper rash than bottle-fed babies.
- A sore nappy area.
- An infection by bacteria.
- An infection by the yeast Candida Albicans.
- Small red dots on the baby’s bottom, but if more serious, there will be an inflamed area of broken skin and possibly pus-filled spots.
4 Home Remedies to cure diaper rash:
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. Apply coconut oil several times on your baby’s bottom.
- Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum Jelly is perfect to heal your baby’s diaper rash because it forms a thin protective layer on your baby’s skin. When changing your baby’s diaper, wipe it with warm water, make sure you dry it thoroughly and apply petroleum jelly.
Oatmeal is rich in protein. It also contains a compound called ‘saponin’ which is helpful in removing oil and dirt and cleaning the skin. Add 1 tablespoon of dried oatmeal powder to bath water and allow your baby to soak in this water for 10-15mins and then bathe the baby using the same water. This will soothe your baby’s skin.
- Breast Milk
Breast milk has a magical effect on diaper rash. Apply a few drops of breast milk on the affected area and allow the area to air dry before putting a new diaper. This helps in healing diaper rash.
- Use a disposable pad inside a toweling nappy.
- Change your baby’s diaper often.
- Keep your baby’s skin dry and well- aired.
- Make sure that diapers are thoroughly washed and well – rinsed.
- Start using a diaper rash skin cream at the first sign of broken skin.
- Don’t use plastic pants, as they prevent evaporation of urine.
- Avoid using strong soaps to wash your baby’s bottom.
- Make sure all traces of ammonia are removed from the diaper by thoroughly washing and rinsing.
- Never leave your baby lying in a wet nappy.
- Leave your baby’s bottom open to the air whenever you can.
If the rash does not improve despite these measures, check for these conditions:
- General redness which starts around the genitals rather than the anus, you will notice a strong smell of ammonia. In severe cases it may spread to the bottom, groin and thighs and can lead to skin ulceration. Consult your doctor.
- Small blisters all over the nappy area along with rash elsewhere. It could be a heat rash. Cool your baby using fewer clothes. Don’t use plastic pants.
- Redness and broken skin in the leg folds. Dry your baby carefully, and don’t use talcum powder.
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