Diaper rash is frustrating for both you and your baby. It’s frustrating for her because she doesn’t feel good, and it’s frustrating for you because, in some cases, it can be hard to get a case of diaper rash to go away.
Sure, there are medications you can buy over the counter that may be able to help with your baby’s diaper rash, but you’re reluctant to use artificial chemicals on your baby’s skin.
The good news is that there are a number of natural treatments for baby’s diaper rash that you may be able to use to give him some relief and give you some peace of mind:
- Air out the diaper area. This is usually the first, and certainly one of the most natural treatments for baby’s diaper rash. Let your baby lie down on a towel or a blanket without a diaper. This will help the diaper area to dry out and to heal. Diaper rash is very often caused by excessive moisture on baby’s skin, and allowing your baby to dry out once or twice a day can certainly help to heal and even prevent diaper rash. You’ll also want to make sure that your baby’s elastic diapers don’t have bands around the legs that are too tight, as well. If you’re using cloth diapers, use natural laundry detergents and softeners that are sensitive to baby’s skin.
- Consider a change to baby’s diet. Sometimes, diaper rash can be caused or aggravated by specific foods. If your baby has frequent diaper rash, consider changing formula. If you’re breast feeding, you can watch your own diet and avoid the kinds of foods that people tend to be allergic to such as nuts and berries, as well as spicy foods.
- Consider an all-natural diaper cream. There are a number of all-natural diaper rash treatments on the market. Instead of chemicals like propylene-glycol, or sodium lauryl sulfate, these products are based on shea butter, avocado butter, aloe vera, or various herbs and natural oils.
If your baby’s diaper rash is severe or persistent, consider talking ot your pediatrician about possible treatment options, as well.
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