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How to help frequent diaper rash and skin irritations.

How to help frequent diaper rash and skin irritations.

Living in a desert climate in July is really sweaty.  My very chunky 4 month old is so uncomfortable and her body is rash city.  Every roll she has is trapped with lots of moisture and no air, from her neck to her bum and several rolls in-between. 

We tried everything.  Every diaper cream and healing ointment we could get our hand on.  I try to avoid putting unnecessary chemicals on my baby, so I was seeking out a more natural solution.  

A friend suggested a local herbalists blend of nourishing oils and helpful herbs in a balm to help give my baby some relief. 

Within a few applications the angry red rashes all over her body were starting to subside and the sweet pinkness of a baby was returning, along with her contentment. 

Frequent diaper rashes and skin irritations can be a real struggle for babies and moms.  here are some ideas and solutions to reduce the chance of diaper rash, and heal it quickly when it comes. 

Diaper rash is bright red, inflamed skin on your baby's bottom. Diaper rash is often related to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. 

If your baby is getting regular diaper rashes consider the following:

  •  Disposable diapers-  they are not all the same and babies can react to the chemicals in various brands.  Experiment with different brands, find a diaper that works with your babies skin.  
  • Cloth diapers- They don't pull away moisture from the skin and the continuous moisture can be irritating to the skin. Also laundry detergents and bleach can be irritating. Switch up the detergents and bleaches if combating diaper rash. 

 

Some diaper rashes are caused by yeast, which is more persistent and bumpy and may even become raw or open sores if not treated. If you suspect a yeasty rash, try cutting out sugar and dairy from your diet (if breastfeeding) and your babies diet.   

 There are 5 ingredients common in a lot of diaper creams that I would avoid if you can. 

  • Fragrance:  In the USA, manufacturers are not required to disclose contents of “fragrance” because it is viewed as proprietary information.  It can be any mix of different synthetic chemicals.  If your child has sensitive skin and has frequent rashes, look to remove "fragrance" first. 
  • Parabens: should be avoided and doesn't really add any value. 
  • Petrolatum (Mineral oil or jelly): Mineral Jelly is derived from petroleum, which is used as a moisturizer for the skin. Petroleum becomes harmful when not properly refined. 
  • Paraffin: Also derived from petroleum, so the same concerns as any other petroleum derived product.
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole): BHA is a preservative which extends the shelf life of the cream. 

 

Here is a list of our favorite diaper creams that are not full of chemicals and really work. 

 

Your skin is your largest organ and typically is an external reflection of an internal issue. So pay attention to what your child is eating or drinking that could be contributing to a rash.

Look to foods that can be a common food allergy, dairy, gluten and sugar. 

Also, pay attention to the consumption of highly processed food.  These foods can be full of chemicals and hard to digest substances. 

What are your favorite diaper creams and topical creams you use of a skin irritation or rash?

 

 




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