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How to Treat Diaper Rash – Naturally

How to Treat Diaper Rash – Naturally

Nearly all babies experience diaper rash from time to time.  For some kids it can be a persistent and painful problem.  There are tons of diaper rash treatments available commercially but most of them contain parabens, chemical fragrances and unnatural chemicals.  They can actually do more harm than good.  I decided to go the home remedy route with my son and was very impressed with how effective these simple, natural alternatives proved to be.  Here’s the system that worked best for us…

All Natural Diaper Rash Prevention:

  • Change your baby’s diaper frequently to avoid sitting in wetness.  Let their bottom dry after each diaper change.  I usually fan the new diaper at their bottom for 10-15 seconds before putting on a new diaper.
  • Any time you notice redness, apply a thin layer of coconut or olive oil to the entire area.  Again let it air out a bit before putting on a new diaper.  This simple routine will prevent most cases of diaper rash from forming in the first place.

All Natural Diaper Rash Treatment:

If your baby develops a full blown case of diaper rash, continue to follow the steps above but you may need some extra help:

  • Sunshine – sun exposure works wonders for diaper rash.  Even just 5-10 minutes of sunshine will help.  Ideally it’s warm enough to let your little one run around outside diaper-less.  If not, a sunny window can do the trick.
  • Barrier balm – a basic balm (http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/1047/basic-balm-recipe/) can soothe your baby’s skin and create a moisture barrier for additional protection.  This balm can be made quickly and contains just 2 ingredients.  I’d recommend leaving it unscented or using a half dose of a very safe, healing essential oil such as lavender.
  • Cloth diapers – for some reason disposable diapers aggravate diaper rash.  Try using a different brand of diaper or switch to cloth.  Cloth diapers tend to ease and prevent diaper rash.  If you strongly prefer disposables, consider buying a couple cloth diapers to use only when rashes flair up.
  • Diet – pay attention to your baby’s diet to see if the rashes correlate to certain foods.  Sometimes foods like citrus can lead to diaper rash.

 

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