Fortunately, there are some things you can expect to happen. Diaper rash is common among infants and younger toddlers who are not yet potty trained. A diaper rash is triggered by irritants and causes the skin to become dry and inflamed. It’s an inevitable condition that all parents will have to face at some point.
Luckily, there are ways to treat diaper rash both gently and effectively. These techniques take out the guesswork of having to figure out what works and what doesn’t. You can also apply these solutions in the comfort of your home using simple ingredients. Here are 7 ways to a treat diaper rash and get your child’s skin back to normal.
9 Keep Your Child’s Skin Clean
The first step in treating a diaper rash is keeping the area clean. Since most diaper rashes are caused by sitting in waste for long periods, it is important to keep your child’s bottom thoroughly clean. The healing process will be more effective in keeping the area clean.
Make sure to gently wash the affected areas as to not irritate the skin. Sometimes the skin can be sore to the touch which can be painful to your child. Try to pat dry rather than rub the area to ensure gentle touch.
In the beginning, use only plain water to clean the rash. Applying too many different soaps does more harm than good. Using only plain water gives the skin a break from body washes or soap.
A diaper rash can make skin more susceptible to dryness. Therefore, it’s important to moisturize the affected areas using a quality ointment or cream. These moisturizers will act as a protective barrier from harsh material rubbing against the skin.
Although some creams claim to heal dry skin, the ingredients found in these products can irritate the skin even more. To avoid making the rash worse, choose moisturizers that contain natural ingredients to ensure what goes into your child’s skin. Natural ingredients are safer and gentler to use on younger children whose skin tend to be sensitive.
7 Try Cloth Diapers
Disposal diapers are made up of chemicals that can irritate your child’s sensitive skin. For this reason, some parents chose to use cloth diapers. Cloth diapers or reusable diapers are made out of different natural fabrics ranging from wool, cotton, and linen.
To regularly clean cloth diapers use a cloth diaper friendly detergent. Always wash cloth diaper separately from your clothes. Place the diapers inside the washer on a short cycle using warm or cool water. Run another cycle using hot water with an additional last rinse.
6 Stripping Cloth Diapers
Heavy build up in cloth diapers can accumulate over time which can cause rashes. If you suspect buildup in your cloth diapers, you must strip them in order to get them back its original state. Stripping is a term used to describe a unique way of cleaning cloth diapers that have built up.
5 Go Bare
One of the main reason for diaper rashes is prolonged periods of sitting in urine or stool waste. The bacteria seep into the skin and causes outbreaks. Exposure to this type of moisture is harmful to your child’s skin and can cause great damage to the outer layers.
It may seem silly, but letting your child go bare without a diaper is quite effective. At this point, it is essential that the skin receives fresh, clean air to soothe the affected areas. Proper air circulation is key to naturally healing a diaper rash. During this time, refrain from applying any cream to the area. Allow your child 5-10 minutes to go bare.
4 Change Frequently
Having a clean diaper keep rashes at bay. You should try to change your child’s diaper every 2- 3 hours. It is especially important to change your child’s diaper immediately after a bowel movement. When changing diapers, be gentle when approaching the rash.
Instead of wiping, pat dry the rash using quick sporadic motions. This type of motion alleviates soreness of the skin. Allow a few seconds to let the area air dry before putting on the diaper.
4. Baby Wipes
Consider what type of wipes you are using on your child. Refrain from using wipes that contain alcohol. These types of wipe can dry out the skin causing inflammation.
Instead, use hypoallergenic and unscented wipes. These wipes gently clean delicate skin. The ingredients are designed to lessen the chances of an allergic reaction or skin outbreak.
3 Eliminate Certain Foods
Certain foods can cause an allergic reaction resulting in skin rashes. Acidic foods such as tomatoes and oranges can trigger skin outbreaks. A sensitivity to wheat or dairy foods can also cause diaper rashes. It is recommended to avoid these foods during your child’s first year of life.
Babies can be sensitive to certain formula brands. Younger toddlers may have a milk sensitivity to cow’s milk and even soy. Learn the signs of a milk allergy and discuss with your pediatrician about other options.
Breastfeeding mothers can transfer an allergy-causing food into their baby. If you’re a breastfeeding mother you might have to eliminate certain foods from your diet. Note of how your baby reacts to your diet and make changes accordingly.
1 Have Your Child Soak In a Bath
A baking soda bath is a simple at-home remedy to treat skin conditions. Baking soda balances the body’s PH levels, neutralizes acids and keeps yeast, bacteria and infection at bay. Simply mix 2 teaspoons into a warm bath. Bathe your child for 10-15 minutes then pat dry.
Another option is an oatmeal bath soak. Oatmeal is one of the most natural ingredients that can soothe and heal a variety of skin conditions. Fill a bathtub with warm water and pour 2 cups of oatmeal inside.
Breastmilk baths are beneficial to the skin as well. Since breastmilk contains natural antibodies it helps to prevent bacteria from spreading. A cup of breastmilk inside a bath goes a long way to treating stubborn rashes.