Diaper rashes are a common baby problem, especially in warmer and moist weather conditions. These rashes look like red splotches around their bottom and the genital region.
Diaper rashes can happen because of
- irritation by urine and stool;
- new baby foods or products;
- too-tight diaper; and
- sensitive skin.
Talcum-based baby products reduce skin-on-skin friction and absorb any moisture, which helps in preventing diaper rashes. However, there are reports indicating a close relationship between the use of baby powder and ovarian cancer reported among women.
Research shows that talc in its natural form contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancer. Therefore, women and babies who apply talc powder on their sensitive reproductive products increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
So, it is highly advisable to reduce the use of talc-based baby products and look for effective home remedies to treat diaper rashes.
Coconut oil exhibits antibacterial and anti-funeral properties, thereby acting as an effective natural remedy to cure diaper rashes in babies.
When changing the diaper, first wash your baby’s bottom with warm water and wipe it with a soft towel. The next step is squeezing a few drops of the coconut oil in one hand and then gently apply it to the affected area. It can also effectively treat yeast diaper rashes.
While breast milk is a powerhouse in nutrients, this milk can also treat the patches of rashes around your baby’s bottom. Gently apply a few drops on the area which is affected by rashes, and let it dry for a couple of minutes. And don’t forget to put on fresh diapers afterward.
Plain yogurt that contains no cornstarch or added sugar can be used to cure baby rashes and inflammation.
Apply a thick layer of yogurt on your baby’s bottom twice in a day for a couple of days. You’ll be surprised to see how quickly those stubborn rashes have healed
Room temperature yogurt is advised to apply on the affected rashes and then put on a diaper.
Carefully examine your baby’s diaper rashes, if you see severe inflammation, then aloe vera gel is the most recommended home remedy. You can either go with natural aloe vera or a market-available bottled version; both will provide instant relief.
Baking soda balances the pH levels and gets rid of fungi and unwanted bacteria from your baby’s skin. Add two teaspoons of baking soda in warm water and thoroughly mix it.
Wash your baby’s affected area with this solution. Make sure the area is completely dry, before putting on diapers. And, in a few days, you’ll see the rashes disappearing.
This salt is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and high magnesium constituent. Add a small cup of Epsom salt to warm water in a tub, and let the baby sit in it for at least ten to fifteen minutes.
Follow this bathing your baby, repeat this two to three times a week. It not only treats diaper rashes for time being, but its regular use also keeps rashes from coming back again.
Oatmeal is another tried and tested home remedy for treating baby diaper rashes. It provides quick relief from rashes, irritation, and pain. Take a teaspoon of dried oatmeal and mix it with bathing water.
Make sure your baby is in the tub for at least ten minutes, and then pat dry your baby’s skin. Don’t rub it hard, as this will only aggravate these rashes. If the rashes are severe, make sure you try this twice a day for the best results.
Baby rashes stem from moist diapers, therefore every time, after bathing your child or changing the diaper, pat dry your baby’s bottom. Remember to change your baby’s diapers regularly, and avoid alcohol-based wipes.
If the rashes are spreading to the other parts of your baby’s body such as the neck, abdomen, and arms, then you consult your child specialist immediately.