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What are different home remedies for Diaper Rash? – Part 2

What is meant by Diaper Rash?
• Baby’s skin is most sensitive and soft.
• Most of babies do come down with diaper rashes despite our efforts to prevent them.
• Diaper rash is what appears in the area covered by a diaper.
• Almost every baby is affected by diaper rash at least once.
• The common cause of diaper rash is that the diaper area is usually covered 24 hours with a diaper.
• The warm moist setting is just perfect for diaper rash eruption.

Preventing Diaper Rash
• Change diapers as soon as they get wet and messy.
• Wash and dry baby’s bottom.
• Pay special attention to creases and skin folds at each change.
• Avoid using too much pressure or scrubbing to the bottom.
• Wipe or pat gently.
• Wipe from front to back.
• This will avoid transferring bacteria to the genital area.
• Don’t secure the diaper too tightly.
• Allow some room for air to flow inside.
• Avoid using harsh or perfumed soaps when washing cloth diapers.
• Avoid plastic diaper covers.
• Rinse cloth diapers thoroughly with very hot water.
• Change baby’s diaper frequently.
• Let your baby go bare bottom from 15min-30 min a few times a day.
• Exposing the baby’s skin to air is a natural way to healing.

Home Remedies for treatment of Diaper Rash

4. Vinegar
• Urine is an extremely alkaline solution and can burn the skin just like an acid.
• To balance out the equation, try adding 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse water when you wash the baby’s diapers.
• The vinegar helps neutralize the ammonia that is found in urine.
• It gets rid of any soap buildup, and also of diaper smells.
• Wipe the baby’s bottom with a solution of 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

5. Cranberry juice
• When urine soaks the diaper region, the result is a high pH
• This irritates the skin and promotes diaper rash.
• A solution for older infants is to give them 2 to 3 ounces of cranberry juice.
• Constituents in the juice prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder
• This will help to prevent infection

General Home Remedies

1. Get rid of the diaper
• The diaper holds the urine and/or feces against baby’s sensitive skin.
• It creates a warm, moist environment making the skin raw.
• It provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, and fungus.
• Let the baby go bare-bottomed whenever possible.

2. Avoid commercial baby wipes
• Many brands of store-bought baby wipes contain alcohol and other chemicals.
• These chemicals can irritate child’s skin.
• It strips of the natural protective oils which keep the skin soft and supple.
• Water or a little mild soap or a soft washcloth is actually the best tools for cleaning baby’s bottom.
• While using soap, rinse thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth or plain water to remove any residue.
• Skip the soap if a rash is already present as it may cause stinging.

3. Dry the bottom before putting a diaper
Before putting a diaper it is best to dry the baby’s bottom very well and heal it with air before diapering.

4. Put on a barrier
• Many pediatricians recommend applying a thin layer of nonprescription diaper-rash cream or ointment.
• These ointments contain zinc oxide, such as A and D or Desitin.
• Used on healthy skin, it forms a barrier that can help protect the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and feces.
• If a rash is already present don’t completely seal the skin with an ointment or thick layer of cream.

5. Use only baby-friendly skin products
• Choose soaps, shampoos, creams, and ointments specifically designed for use on baby’s tender skin.
• Don’t use products meant for adults.
• Never use a cream that contains camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate, benzoin tincture, or boric acid.
• Wash your infant’s diapers, clothes, sleepwear, bedding, towels, and washcloths separately from those of other household members.
• Residue of harsh detergents, bleaches, and fabric softeners on material that comes into prolonged contact with baby’s skin may be cause irritation.

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