I have some great tips for natural remedies for diaper rash. As a mom of 4 children I know that diaper rash happens and has so many different causes & treatments. Even mom’s that constantly keep baby changed can run into periods of diaper rash 1)after or during use of an antibiotic 2) with diarrhea from a stomach bug 3) from a yeast that invades a beginning rash 4) from highly acidic waste. I’ve experienced differing degrees of each of these while raising my own kids (my eldest is now 21) and I want to share with you some tips and tricks I learned along the way.
I ran into the yeast problem with baby #2 and highly acidic waste on baby #4 (now my 8 year old) which caused the worse rash I had personally ever seen. Allow me share a few tips with you on some of the ways to treat diaper rash. There are lots of remedies for diaper rash however treatment will also depend on the cause, so I’ll do my best to break it down. If you have questions, or your rash comes on very fast, seek the advice of your doctor or nurse – I am neither. I am simply an experienced mom with friends that are doctors and nurses. I’ve asked multiple questions through the years and so judge for yourself if you think this treatment will work on your bundle of joy.
Next, I know rashes can make for hard times. It’s okay – you WILL get through this! Sometimes they happen by accident like for instance if you thought your husband changed baby and your little one went to bed, quite by accident, in a dirty diaper and awoke with a horrible rash by morning. Some rashes happen as a result of a minor stomach bug, and others because of a change in diet or as a result of an antibiotic. Trying to diagnose the cause can help with which natural diaper rash remedy you’ll wish to try.
1) Yeast infected rash – patchy red and raised. Generally broken skin and the raised part of the rash is swollen looking. If you suspect the rash is due to a yeast invasion be sure to a) keep baby super dry by constantly changing as soon as the diaper is soiled 2) blot don’t rub 3) consider a soaking bath if baby will tolerate it when diaper is soiled (hugely time consuming but healing is much faster) 4) use the following paste mixture
- yeast medication like a Monistat (to get rid of the yeast)
- a Cortizone cream (for swelling)
- Desitin paste (for protection of the skin) Don’t use the desitin creamy, you want the original paste with the highest content of Zinc
A friend that was a nurse practitioner in the ER taught me this formula and its wonderful. Just mix the 3 and apply to baby’s dry bottom as often as you change baby.
2) Rash from highly acidic waste. This rash just comes and even though you are constantly changing baby the rash just continues to get worse leading to broken down skin etc. If you suspect the rash is due to acidic waste then be sure to a) keep baby super dry by constantly changing 2) blot, don’t rub to clean, considering a soaking bath if baby will tolerate it when diaper is soiled (hugely time consuming) 4) use the following paste mixture
- Desitin paste (for protection of the skin) Don’t use the Desitin creamy, you want the original paste with the highest content of Zinc
- Maalox liquid ant-acid (recommended DIRECTLY to me from my pediatrician many years ago)
Mix the Maalox with the Desitin & apply to baby’s botton with each changing. I learned this little trick from my pediatrician. It worked wonders but sounded absolutely insane. Then I thought about it and it made sense. If the waste after birth is too acidic then protect baby’s bottom with alkaline to counteract it! Rash cleared up and baby was happy again!Are you looking for baby deals & diaper bargains?
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