Diaper rash is a nasty little thing, and if your little one has it, I’m sure you will feel her discomfort because it hurts.
But before you head out the door to grab some cream from the store, take a second to read up on what diaper rash is, what causes it, how to prevent it, and how to treat it… naturally of course!
What Is Diaper Rash
A diaper rash is simply inflammation of the skin on a baby’s bottom due to some sort of irritation in that area. It looks red and it hurts. Sometimes it can be so bad that the skin bleeds with rubbed. OUCH!
Causes of Diaper Rash
Several different things can cause diaper rash. The following is a list of things that can contribute to it.
- dirty diapers
- friction against baby’s skin
- introduction of solids
- sensitivity to disposable diapers
- food mama eats
- acidic diet
- taking antibiotics
- bacterial or yeast infection
How To Prevent Diaper Rash
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How To Treat A Diaper Rash
For the most part, diaper rash is easily treatable at home and without over-the-counter drugs or even a visit to the doctor.
First things first. Get those diapers off and let those tiny tushies get some air! Most likely your baby’s rash is caused by wearing a diaper too much… cloth or disposable. You can do a lot for it just by letting your baby run around naked for a bit and let her bum air out. Don’t stress about those pees and poos that may end up on your floor (unless you have white carpet or something – what? – white carpet with kids? – you are brave honey!) Sorry, internal dialogue going on there. Just put them on a blanket or let them play outside for a bit if it’s warm. The more air they can get the better.
Next up is to utilize the healing powers of the sun! Vitamin D is great for your skin and your baby’s skin. You need about 20 minutes of unprotected sun a day to get a sufficient amount of Vitamin D, and your baby needs about 10 minutes. No sunscreen either. You want them to absorb the UV rays. Don’t stress! 10-20 minutes a day isn’t enough to hurt your little one. Plus you can get it by being in the shade and out of direct sunlight too.
Finally, using a cream that is full of herbs known to heal skin or containing Zinc Oxide can be one of the best things you can do for baby’s bottom. Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral that’s know to heal and protect the skin, and herbs like Comfrey, Arnica, and Calendula are great skin healers.