How to heal diaper rash naturally.

6 Dec

Babies get diaper rash  from time to time during their diaper years.  Even if you change your baby’s diaper often,  diaper rash can still occur as some babies have very sensitive skin and will develop a rash when their skin comes into contact with their stool or urine.

The question is how to avoid or decrease diaper rash?  My daughter used to get a rash at least once a week with disposable diapers and it was not until I made the switch to cloth diapers that I noticed a drastic reduction in the number of diaper rashes she would have.  Cloth diapers are the best at keeping diaper rash at bay because they are breathable, soft, free of harsh chemicals that irritate the skin, and traps less heat than plastic diapers.

What to do if your baby gets a rash?

  1. Use warm water and a soft wash cloth to clean the bum, not commercial wipes as they loaded with chemicals.  You can also use about a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of warm water and use it to rinse the diaper area. Let  the bum air dry.
  2.  Apply a natural diaper ointment on the area such as earth mama angel baby bottom balm  or sweet knee bun glaze , grovia magic stick as it contain Calendula which heals the skin and reduces inflammation.
  3. Let the baby go diaper free several times a day to speed up the healing process.  If you do not want to let the baby go diaper less since babies poop a lot,  pin  a pre-fold diaper  loosely on the baby. Using a pre-fold diaper does 2 things, 1 allows air to still circulate around the bum and 2, allows you to know when the baby is wet so you can change them immediately.  Don’t have cloth diapers,  buy a few pre-folds or use a small towel or blanket you are not using.  Place a water proof pad under the baby.
  4. If it is cold in-house or during the winter, use baby legs in combination with the pre-fold to keep the baby warm.
  5. Many moms swear by breastmilk so if you are nursing go ahead and give it a try.

 prefold with baby legs

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2 Responses to “How to heal diaper rash naturally.”

  1. Heidi J March 18, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I find keeping my son in a fitted or prefold with a wool cover works best at getting rid of a diaper rash as it lets his bum breathe while still keeping the wetness in.

    • naturalpureessentials March 18, 2010 at 1:54 am #

      I have heard great things about wool covers. Never tried them before though. Thanks for the input.

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