At some point, your baby will experience diaper rush no matter how cautious you are as a parent. It’s sometimes inevitable even if you really take good care of your little one. So when time comes, you must know how to get rid of diaper rash.
FIRST YOU MUST KNOW THE CAUSES OF DIAPER RASH. THEY ARE THE FOLLOWING:
- Friction or rubbing against the diaper itself.
- Leaving a dirty or wet diaper on for too long.
- Baby’s allergic reaction to diaper.
- Bacterial infection.
- Yeast infection.
THE RISK OF YOUR BABY HAVING DIAPER RASH INCREASES WHENEVER:
- The baby sleeps with the poop still in his diapers.
- He starts to get between 9 to 12 months old.
- Either you or the baby is taking antibiotics and you are still nursing.
- The baby starts to eat solid foods.
- The baby experiences diarrhea.
WHAT ARE THE REMEDIES?
There are actually a lot of remedies. Some of them are:
1. Petroleum jelly – Diaper rash can be easily treated with Vaseline. Each time you change your baby’s diaper, wash their bottom first with luke warm water and dry thoroughly. After that, gently put a small amount of Vaseline on the affected areas.
2. Vinegar – Conveniently found in your kitchen, vinegar has acidic properties that kill the alkaline-in-nature bacteria in your baby’s rashes. Instead of using detergent, wash your baby’s clothes in a vinegar solution; just a bucket of water added with ½ cups of vinegar.
3. Cornstarch – It really seems diaper rash is destined to be cured right at the comforts of your own home. Give relief to your baby by bathing him or her in a bath tub filled with warm water plus 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in it. This reduces friction and inflammation brought by the elasticity of diapers. However, this is not recommended for newborns with their umbilical cords still not fallen.
4. Baking powder – Dubbed as one of the best cures to diaper rash, 3-4 cups of water can be mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. Grab a cloth, dip in this solution, and gently wash your baby’s bottom with it. Use a dry cloth to dry up the skin. Lastly, put new diapers on.
5. Oatmeal – considered as another great way to cure diaper rash, ¾ cups of oatmeal can be grinded to produce powder versions. You can then mix them in a baby tub filled with lukewarm water. Allow your baby to soak for about 15 minutes then use dry cloth to dry him up.
6. Coconut oil – Coconut has never failed in impressing us with its versatile and wide array of uses. Coconut oil for instance have anti-fungal and moisturizing properties perfect for curing diaper rash. Each time you change your baby’s diaper, apply coconut oil on the affected areas before fastening up the diaper. You don’t need to dry up your baby’s bottom. Let his skin be soaked with coconut oil.
7. Cranberry juice – If your baby is old enough to drink juices, 2-3 ounces of cranberry juice decreases the risk of having diaper rashes because of its properties that can prevent bacteria from causing rashes at the first place.
8. Cod Liver Oil – Rub gently on your baby’s skin the tip of 3-4 cod liver capsule oil. Though this one is not popular, it is still effective.
9. Olive Oil – Effectively get rid of diaper rashes with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of water and 2 teaspoons of olive oil and apply it to the bottom of your baby. Olive oils can cure and at the same time provide a soothing effect on skin due to its moisturizing properties.
10. Aloe Vera – For all types of skin problem, applying Aloe Vera greatly helps in curing rashes quickly.
11. Oil massage – More oils available may include jojoba oil, sesame oil, and almond oil; all of which can cure blisters in diaper rash.
There you have it, curing your little one’s diaper rash doesn’t need the assistance of any health professional as you can do it right in your own home. So if the next time your baby experiences it, just remember these remedies on how to get rid of diaper rash.