Diaper rash for every new parent is a potential nightmare as it is very unpleasant and uncomfortable condition for the little ones to endure. New parents often blame themselves but seasoned parents know that diaper rash oftentimes comes with the territory and can hardly be avoided. It is a condition whereby the baby suffers skin irritations around the diaper or nappy area and is caused by bacteria. This bacteria is attracted to the dampness in the area, which then festers when it is locked in by the diaper. Sometimes, this rash is caused by a cloth diaper not properly washed or a diaper that has been secured too tightly.
Sometimes, the use of treatments or ointments gotten at the pharmacy might actually aggravate the condition as some of the ingredients might be too harsh on the baby’s skin causing more irritations or the ingredients could interact with the chemicals used in washing the cloth diapers or the materials used in bathing and dressing up baby.
With natural remedies, you almost always never go wrong, except your child has an allergy to the natural ingredient being used.
Here is a compilation of natural remedies with ingredients that are most probably in your kitchen cabinet;
- Air the bottom: often times just airing out your baby’s bottom after a good wash can do wonders in solving the problem. Try to keep the area dry and clean. When at home, allow the child to be bottom naked.
- Change diapers as soon as it is soiled: the first thing you are told during ante natal and post natal classes is that you change diapers promptly. Sometimes, we might find ourselves in situations where we tend to let the diaper sit in a little. However, dont make a habit of it. Better still always carry a fully functional diaper bag with you when going out. Most people do nor begrudge parents that need to do a diaper change.
- Avoid disposable wipes: especially when you notice that your baby is sensitive to the chemicals in the wipes. Use plain water instead
- Change diaper brands: it is very possible the current diaper is not a good fit for your baby’s skin. To alienate the problem, change the diaper and observe if there is any change.
- Breastmilk: beyond providing your baby with the much needed nutrition, it can also help cure a myriad of skin conditions such as cracked nipples and rashes. Just apply freshly expressed milk on the affected part and allow to dry. Caution: if the rashes are caused by a yeast infection, breastmilk might not do much
- Using Baking Soda: the alkanity that comes with mixing about 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 4 cups of bath water, naturally neutralizes the acidity of the rash in most children. It soothes and restores the pH balance. Use once daily and allow to dry naturally without a towel.
- Coconut oil: has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that help treat the rashes, while keeping the baby skin soft with its saturated fats. One of the safest remedies with no side effects, after washing baby’s bottom with warm water only; just rub on the affected area at most twice daily. Ensure you use 100% natural cocnut oil that has not been spiked with any additives
- Soaking in an oatmeal bath: what you may not know is that oatmeal has some anti-inflammatory properties which can calm the irritation and counter the inflammation from the rashes. It also contains saponins that remove dirt and oil from the skin’s pores. Allow your aby soak in her bath water already mixed with a tablespoon of oatmeal for 10-15 mins. Do not wipe dry, instead gently pat the affected area dry. Do this twice daily
- Epsom salt: with its high anti-inflammatory properties as a result of its potency in magnesium also is gret for diaper rash. Also known as magnesium sulfate; add half a cup to your baby’s warm bath water and let him soak in it for 10-15 minutes. The magnesium will get to work easing out the inflamed areas. Do this 2 – 3 times weekly
- Aloe vera: we are all familiar with the wonders of aloe vera’s healing properties; its antimicrobial properties can kill the bacteria causing the diaper rashes while its anti inflammatory properties work their magic on the inflammations. Squeeze out 1 – 2 teaspoons of the gel from the plant and apply to the affected area preferably after a wash or bathe. do this for up to 3 times daily
- Shea butter: or ori as it is popularly called in Nigeria, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which not only deal with the inflamed areas but also bring relief from the pain in the affected area. Because its a heavy moisturizer, apply a very thin layer on the affected part anytime the baby has his bath or gets cleaned.
- Plain unsweetened yoghurt: naturally occurring probiotic that is found to be effective against a variety of yeast and microbial infections . you can either rub it generously on your baby’s bottom after a bath or add it to baby’s diet if he has already been introduced to solid foods. Doing this daily will bring immense relief as yoghurt also has anti-inflammatory properties
Making your own Diaper Rash Spray
- get half a cup of pure olive oil and mix with half a cup of aloe vera gel. Pour in a bottle and spray on your baby’s bottom as often as its required. preferably after a wash or bat
Making your own Diaper Rash Cream
- get a quarter cup of pure coconut oil and a quarter cup of beeswax; melt them together gently in a pan. Allow to cool, upon which you add a quarter cup non-nano zinc oxide powder and mix thoroughly. It has to be stored in a glass container and applied to affected part as needed after every diaper change or wash.
Use any of these remedies and get your happy baby back.