There are many unavoidable things parents of a newborn are going to encounter. And one of the most unnerving ones is diaper rash. Yes, no matter how well you clean your baby and prepared you think you are, diaper rash often creeps its way into the picture. Fortunately there are a number of ways to combat it and keep it from getting worse. There are also issues for seniors that live in nursing homes or at assisted living facilities.
The number one cause of diaper rash is extensive exposure to moisture and wetness. This usually occurs when a baby’s diaper is not changed often enough. Exposure to urine and feces can be abrasive to the skin. Parents must constantly check the diapers to make sure they are not soiled. Some people also say that just using a wet cloth for cleaning the child may be needed for babies that can’t tolerate baby wipes. If you use the throw-away diapers you can try different types to see if a certain brand may be problematical. Are the diapers too snug?
Diapers that are too snug or tight can also cause diaper rash, even if the child isn’t soiled. And in some cases, the diaper rash can be the result of being allergic to the very things used to clean the infant or their diapers (if they are cloth). Items such as wipes, detergent, lotion, soap and maybe even the elastic in plastic pants may be problematical. If you find that the baby is being changed right away and still developing a diaper rash one of the above may very well be the cause.
Now, as we mentioned above there are several ways of treating diaper rash. Some are prescribed by doctors or over the counter creams. These are generally anti-fungal creams or very mild creams that have hydrocortisone as the main ingredient. Remember that a rash can take several days to improve so it doesn’t mean that the treatment is failing.
One of the more popular natural remedies is oatmeal. In fact, oatmeal is used to treat many skin problems in both adults and infants. The recommended usage regarding diaper rash is to put some in the baby’s warm bath water. When you are finished, gently pat your child until dry and then follow it up with moisturizer. Others advise using cornstarch, aloe vera or coconut oil on the skin to help the problem.
And of course, no natural diaper rash treatment option is complete without the old standby- baking soda. The recommendation here is to put two tablespoons of it into a tub or basin of water. Then have your infant take a bath. Some say that the minerals in baking soda are soothing. However, it is NOT advised to apply this to the skin directly other than in a bath, but instead to use a diaper rash cream, cornstarch, A and D cream or even over the counter vaseline on the skin. Your child’s skin may be sensitive.