Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. — Diana Gobaldon
My colleague Sub and her husband Sud were over the moon when their angelic daughter arrived in December last year. The girl was named Av. One day at work Sub was in a sullen mood. Over a cup of tea, she told me little Av was sick. Later she revealed that Av cried the whole night and Sub could not figure why and that’s why she had to visit the doctor that evening.
Next day when I asked Sub if all was well with Av, she giggled and said ‘I was fretting over uselessly, Av was crying because she has diaper rash and that’s not a huge cause of worry.’
New parents all over the world are forced to fight this demon called diaper rash. And diaper rash occurs because many parents do not take care to prevent it. Today I’ll talk about some remedies of curing diaper rash. But before we move on to the remedies, let’s see why and how diaper rash occurs.
Diaper rash is basically a type of inflammation of the skin and occurs predominantly on the baby’s bottom. It occurs due to the bacteria forming in the moist, warm and enclosed area covered by a diaper. Other factors include hot and humid weather, infrequent diaper change, harsh materials used to make diapers, and tight diapers. If this has horrified you already, then the good news is that diaper rash can be prevented, and cured in no time. Let’s see how.
- The diaper area should be cleaned and dried always, before the baby wears a new diaper.
Remember: Moisture is your main enemy here. So keeping that area of the baby’s body is a must.
- Drying the bottom portion can be done by keeping some intervals between changing diapers. Before putting a diaper let the baby get air-dried for some time or use a soft clean cloth to pat dry. Do not rub vigorously.
- Check the diaper worn by your baby at regular intervals to see if it is soiled. Continuous or long exposure to a soiled diaper should be always avoided.
- Some doctors recommend keeping the baby diaper-free for some time during a day. The skin needs to breathe too!
- Barrier: Many child specialists recommend using specialized creams as a barrier between the soft skin and the diaper to prevent irritations. Consult the doctor before you buy any cream for your baby.
- Always use products formulated for the baby. Hence, choose the shampoos, oil, soaps and creams accordingly.
- To wipe the baby’s bottom, you can also use a solution of vinegar and water, in 1:8 ratio. Rinse the bottom portion with this solution to reduce the effects of stale urine on a baby’s tender skin.
- If you notice your baby getting affected by diaper rashes frequently, you may consider changing the brand of diaper and try an alternate brand. Your baby could be allergic to a material used in the diaper.
- If your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to rashes, you could give a bath to the baby where you use warm water to which you have added 2tablespons of baking soda. Do this 3 times a day and make your baby sit in a tub of this solution for 10 minutes.
- If your child is more than 6 months old, you could feed them 2-3 ounces of Cranberry juice that helps to prevent infection.
Following these remedies religiously would surely help you win the war over diaper rash. Oh yes, my friend Sub too followed these tips and Av was spared the pain shortly. And of course Sub seemed relieved and extremely happy.