When I had my baby, the very first thought I had was that I did not want to start using diapers on her from day one. The only reason I was scared was because I didn’t want her to suffer from rashes. I, however, realized very soon that sooner or later I’ll have to start using them on her and did all my research on how to avoid and treat diaper rash.
So based on my experience, here’s what you need to know and how you can treat it at home.
Diaper rash happens when wet diapers are rubbed against your baby’s extremely delicate skin. The skin gets affected from irritants like poop, urine and even wet wipes. That said, how can you possibly avoid diaper rash? Here’s how –
- Change your baby’s diapers as early as possible. Yes, diapers have the capacity to hold a lot of urine, but don’t wait until it is completely full to dispose it. Your baby’s skin is sensitive and you should change the diaper as often as you can.
- Always give 10-15 minutes of air time between changing diapers. Your baby’s skin needs air to breathe. Constantly being covered in wet diapers exposes the skin to rashes. So whenever you’re changing diapers wait for 10-15 minutes before putting on a new one.
- When you use a wet wipe, make sure that you completely dry off your baby’s skin before putting on a new diaper.
Now on to how you can treat it at home
Coconut oil is the mother of all treatments mostly. I haven’t seen any other product being used to treat so many problems than coconut oil. Applying it on the affected area, it will not only heal the skin but will also prevent rash from happening if you regularly apply coconut oil to your baby’s skin before putting on a diaper.
One of the very commonly found products in most households with a baby is petroleum jelly. Because of its thickness, when applied to the skin after proper cleaning and drying, it helps protect the skin from irritants like urine and poop.
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3Vinegar for cloth or reusable diapers
Diaper rash can happen even with cloth diapers. So if you’re using them and your baby seems to be getting the rash, rinse these diapers in a solution of vinegar (half a cup) in a bucket full of water. Not only that, you could also use a tspn of vinegar mixed in a cup of water to gently cleanse the diaper area.
Similar to vinegar solution remedy, you can also use cornstarch to treat your baby’s rash.
Either mix a teaspoon of it in a cup of warm water to cleanse the skin or use in a bucket of water to clean the soiled cloth diapers. If you’re using it on the skin, ensure that you pat it dry complete before putting on a clean one.
For any rash or skin trouble, breast milk can come to your rescue and you won’t even believe how amazing it is. All you have to do is take a few drops of breast milk (I know how valuable every drop is), and rub it on to the affected part and give it some air time. You’ll be amazed to see the result!
What do you do to treat your baby’s diaper rash at home? Have any of these remedies worked? Let us know.