Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash

Sep 22, 2022Baby Skin0 comments

Introduction

Diaper rash or diaper dermatitis is a skin irritation that can develop on the skin of a baby’s pelvic region, thighs, and in some cases the lower back and abdomen. It usually appears as inflamed bumps or red patches with a dry or wet appearance. Diaper rash is often caused by the friction of the diaper rubbing against the skin and irritating it or prolonged contact with urine and feces, but it can also be caused by allergies or some other irritants.

There are many different natural remedies and home remedies for diaper rash. Chemical-free options are the best for your baby’s delicate young skin.

The most common treatment for diaper rash is to use petroleum jelly or petroleum jelly alternatives because they create a protective barrier that prevents further irritation from friction or moisture. Although petroleum jelly is commonly used, it can be harmful to your skin and contains chemicals. Using natural alternatives will be safer for your baby and arguably more effective. We recommend the Multi-Purpose Ointment because it creates a protective barrier, allows the skin to breathe, and nourished the skin with its organic ingredients!

What do we mean by Natural?

While the word ‘natural’ has been used to describe a lot of things in the past, it is now being used to describe products that are made with ingredients that we can use and consume without any side effects.

Natural skincare products contain more ingredients derived from nature and fewer man-made chemicals. Plant-based ingredients are more gentle on the skin and safer for people with sensitive skin. Traditional skincare products tend to contain ingredients like parabens and sulfates, which have been linked to a range of health issues in humans.

 

What are the Symptoms of Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is a skin condition caused by prolonged contact with urine and feces. It can be caused by the baby’s sensitivity to the diaper material, too much moisture, or irritation from urine and feces. Diapers are changed more often when there is a rash present, but can also be treated with topical creams or ointments.

Symptoms of diaper rash:

  • Irritation in the genital area
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Tenderness
  • Sores
  • Blisters
  • Oozing sores

 

 

How do you Treat Diaper Rash?

One of the most common home remedies for diaper rash is using a baby wipe or cotton ball soaked in cold water to gently clean the area. You should repeat this process until the diaper area is clean and free of any urine, which will help reduce the risk of infection. After you have cleaned the area, apply a natural, thick ointment to nourish and protect the irritated skin (we love the Calming Ointment). Some other preventive measures we recommend include:

  • Make sure that your baby is well hydrated. You can do this by giving them fluids like water, milk, or formula regularly throughout the day. Babies are at the mercy of their parents for all of their needs, and hydration is one of the most important things you can provide.

  • Choose diapers made with natural fibers like cotton. There are a variety of diapers on the market made with natural fibers like cotton. These options are soft and comfortable for your baby’s sensitive skin and make for a better, more restful sleep.

 

 

  • Change your baby’s diaper often, at least every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4-6 hours at night or as soon as they are damp or smelly.

  • Keep the diaper area clean and dry.

  • Limiting the use of soap and other harsh cleaners in the diaper area

  • Moisture-resistant diaper creams

 

 

How is diaper rash diagnosed?

Diaper rash is typically diagnosed based on the location of the rash on the body and its appearance. In addition, your child’s primary care provider may do a simple skin scraping to help with making a diagnosis.

Types of diaper rash

Diaper rash can come in many forms. Below we’ll give you a brief overview of some of the different types of diaper rash.

Contact dermatitis

One of the most common types of diaper rash is contact dermatitis, which emerges when something in the diaper or even the diaper itself irritates the skin. Irritant contact dermatitis is known to cause red spots or bumps to appear. In serious cases, the bumps may turn into welts that can crack open and bleed.

Candidiasis/yeast infection

Candida is a type of fungus that lives on your skin, but when it grows in excessive amounts, it can cause a diaper rash called candidiasis or a yeast infection.

It usually appears as redness and inflammation, accompanied by white, fluid-filled blisters, swollen spots, or even a white scaly layer on the outer surface of the skin.

If your baby’s condition doesn’t improve or gets worse, let your doctor know.

Eczema

Many babies who have eczema will also have it show up on other parts of the body. It is very unusual to only find eczema in the diaper region without it appearing anywhere else on the person’s skin.

Moisturizing the area can help soothe eczema, but it may also keep the diaper area moist. Try using a thicker, more breathable ointment like the Calming Ointment. Seek out professional help if symptoms persist.

Intertrigo

Intertrigo is a form of skin inflammation. It’s more likely to appear in skin folds and surfaces that are warm and wet, such as the skin between the thighs or in your baby’s buttocks.

It has been known to lead to secondary bacterial and yeast infections that can grow out of control if left untreated.

Signs of a Serious Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a common skin condition that can be caused by a number of factors.

Usually, diaper rash can be treated successfully at home, but it’s important to know the signs of a serious diaper rash to know when it’s time to go to the doctor. A serious diaper rash can be identified when there are signs of:

  • Blisters
  • Fever or chills

  • Cracks and bleeding

  • Pus or discharge
  • Lasting discoloration

  • Extreme dryness or flaking

  • Distress or excessive crying

  • Loss of appetite

If you believe your baby has a severe case of diaper rash please seek medical help.

In conclusion

Most babies will experience diaper rash at some point and may experience some discomfort. Don’t panic at the first sign of redness – simply follow the tips outlined in this article and contact a medical professional if symptoms continue or you have a gut feeling that something is not right.

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