A very sensitive skin, a too tight diaper or not changing diapers frequently are some of the causes of the appearance of this annoying problem.
The diaper rash may be very mild, with only a little redness in the diaper area, or more severe with blisters and open sores around the affected region.
Although it can be very uncomfortable for the baby, eliminating or preventing diaper rash can be very simple.
Here are some tips and natural remedies for relieving and even preventing your baby's diaper rash.
Changing the baby's diaper often
When it is not possible to go without a diaper, the best way to avoid diaper rash or cure a current outbreak is to make sure the baby is always clean and dry.
Trying to avoid the diaper
Leave the baby without a diaper as long as possible for the air to help healing.
Place the baby on a towel in a warm room. If the baby is old enough to move, leave it on the floor in a room with an easy-to-clean floor. If it is hot enough, we can take him outside.
Avoiding wet wipes
Avoid wet wipes that are on sale in stores
Many brands of baby wipes sold in stores contain alcohol and other chemicals that can irritate baby's skin and strip it of the natural protective oils that keep it soft and supple.
It's best to use warm water and a soft, natural sponge, with a little or no mild soap.
After cleaning the baby's lower parts, make sure to dry the area well (without rubbing) with a soft towel.
To make sure it is completely dry, leave the area in the air for a few minutes before putting on a new diaper.
Use only products suitable for a baby's skin
Choose soaps, shampoos, creams and ointments specifically designed for use on baby's sensitive skin.
Wash baby's clothes, pijamas, bedding, towels and cloths separately, in a wash different from those of other family members, using a detergent designed for this purpose.
Watch out for calendula!
A couple of drops of chamomile oil and lavender oil in a bowl of warm water help cure diaper rash when mixed with cotton.
Wash the affected area with milk to make sure it is clean, then apply a thin layer of breast milk and let it dry.
Do not use talcum powder
In the past, the accepted way to keep a baby's lower parts dry was to spray talcum powder or cornstarch in the diaper area to absorb moisture.
However, studies have shown that if a baby inhales talcum powder, it can be dangerous and even deadly. Cornstarch-based powders encourage candidiasis. So it's an old remedy that should be left in the past.
Try a different diaper
Some babies may be sensitive to materials or substances from one brand of disposable diapers, but not another.
So if frequent diaper changes and other home remedies don't completely eliminate the rash or it keeps coming back again and again, we may want to experiment with another brand to see if that solves the problem.
If the baby's bottom is very bad, try to give him a sitting bath for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, in a tub of warm water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Add one tablespoon of dry oatmeal to baby's bath. It is relaxing and helps to protect the skin.