Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
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Diaper rash is a normal part of baby duty. It’s caused by diapers rubbing already sensitive, damp skin and causing damage to the skin cells. Diaper rash is uncomfortable and can easily get infected, so it should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get rid of! Try some of these great, home remedies for hard-to-beat diaper rash and get your little one back on a healthy track!
This is NOT medical advice. This is for informational purposes only. If your baby has persistent diaper rash that worsens or has round patterns, take them to a doctor immediately.
- Say yes to bare bottoms: If there is no diaper, there can be no diaper rash! So, as often as you can, let your little one run around or lay on a blanket naked. It will allow their skin to heal naturally from diaper rash without any chemicals or treatments at all!
- Change the diapers quickly: Make sure to change your child’s diaper as soon as it is soiled. The bacteria from your child’s dirty diaper can cause diaper rash to get worse!
- Use water instead: Store-bought baby wipes contain alcohol, which is great for killing bacteria, but can dry out their skin and make the rash worse! When baby has a rash, use just water and cloth towels to wipe as often as possible, or go with a sensitive-skin, alcohol free baby wipe.
- Use baby soaps: Your child’s skin is much thinner and more sensitive than yours, and you shouldn’t be sharing products! It’s best to avoid soaps on a rash and just use water. If you do use soap, be sure to use baby soaps on your child’s bottom; the gentler soaps will help to keep junior’s rash from getting worse.
- Avoid Juice: The acidity in juice can cause the urine to be more irritating. Avoid juice until the rash is gone.
- Try a little cream: Try an over-the-counter product with zinc oxide to protect your baby’s skin. It will cover and prevent future diaper rash.
- Wash cloth diapers in vinegar: Adding a cup of vinegar to the wash when you clean baby’s diapers can help to kill bacteria with irritating baby’s skin. You may also want to try using only natural soaps for your baby’s clothing, as a harsh detergent may be part of the problem!
- Try switching brands: If your baby still has mild diaper rash, it may be your brands! Every diaper brand is a little different, and it may be that your baby needs a slightly higher quality diaper, or is allergic to one of the materials in one brand that doesn’t show up in another. Shop around and try a few new things before giving up.
- Mind your diet: If you are a breastfeeding mom, keep in mind certain items in YOUR diet can worsen the rash! If you find the rashes recurring, it’s a good idea to track what you are eating.
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