When it comes to taking care of babies, all mothers would like to give nothing less than the best. Babies are one of the joys in every family. Hearing them laugh and seeing their cute little faces are considered one of the few priceless moments in our lives. However, taking care of babies is no easy task. In fact, being a mother to an infant is similar to having a full time job. What is even worse is that babies are also prone to experiencing different types of health problems and conditions. This is due to their immature immune defenses and as well as their sensitive and fragile bodies. One of the many problems that babies can encounter is called as the diaper rash. Nevertheless, only a few of us are aware of the proper ways in managing this kind of skin condition. So for us to learn these ways, let us discuss the different diaper rash treatment home remedies.
What is Diaper Rash?
Diapers are already used by countless mothers all over the world in order to keep their babies dry and prevent them from soiling their clothes and their bed linens. Before, diapers were originally made from cloth; however, disposable diapers are now made in order to make it more convenient for the mothers and more comfortable for the babies. Unfortunately, diapers can also cause problems to the sensitive skin of the baby. One of these problems is known as diaper rash. This type of rash usually results from unchanged diapers that are already wet and soiled from the baby’s urine and/or feces. Because of this, irritation, cracking and redness of the area is possible to occur. If the condition becomes worse, the area can become puffy and blisters can start to develop. Diaper rash is indeed very painful, which is why infants will definitely suffer from this kind of skin problem. This is actually one of the reasons why our babies suddenly cry, which sometimes lasts for a very long time. Fortunately, we can still rely on some of the diaper rash treatments that can be done right in our homes.
How to Prevent Diaper Rash?
The best way in order for us to prevent diaper rash is to make sure that the baby’s skin is always dry. Moist or wet skin is always prone to irritation. Aside from this, moisture can also promote bacterial growth, which can lead to infection. This is the reason why it is important for us to regularly check our baby’s diapers to ensure that the skin is always in good condition. Aside from this, we must also change the diapers as soon as possible once it is already soiled. It is also important to pat the buttock dry with a clean and soft towel to prevent adding irritation before placing the new diapers. It is also advisable to let the skin air-dried first before covering it so as to ensure dryness in the area.
In choosing the right diaper, we must make sure that it is made from cotton and it is also ventilated in order to allow air to circulate around the area. It is also ideal to check first whether the baby is allergic to the material/s used for the diapers so as to prevent any reaction to the skin. In case we are use linens or cloth as diapers, we must sure to it that it is washed properly in order to eliminate the germs. Cloth linens are ideally washed with hot water combined with mild detergent. Using bleach for washing is not recommended since it can also make the cloth irritating to the skin; however, if it is needed for us to use bleach, then we must rinse the cloth diapers twice in a cup of vinegar so as to remove any residue of the cleaning chemical.
What are the Treatments?
We can actually make use of several diaper rash treatment home remedies once our baby experiences this type of skin problem. Once of these remedies include the utilization of vegetable oil. This is done by applying the vegetable oil to the diaper rash, which hastens the healing process of the affected skin. However, it is necessary for us to clean the area first with warm water and dry it well before adding the said oil on to the skin. Aside from vegetable oil, we can also use a tablespoon of olive oil mixed with 5 drops of water. The solution must then be mixed properly in order to give it a smooth and foamy texture before applying it to the affected portion of the skin.
Adding unwrapped tea bags can also be beneficial for this type of condition since it can help cure mild rashes in just a day. However, this can also cause staining to the baby’s skin. Making a paste of cornstarch and Vaseline can also be applied in order to provide smoothness to the said area and reduce the irritation. This mixture is done by heating flour into a frying pan under medium heat until it turns golden brown. This can then be added to the baby’s diaper to soothe the irritated skin. Covering the skin with Vaseline can provide a waterproof layer or protection that can block moisture and prevent the situation from getting worse.
While giving the baby a bath, we can also add oatmeal into the water so at to provide effective benefits to the skin. Using milk of magnesia and cod liver oil from cod liver oil capsules can also be an efficient remedy against diaper rash.
These are just some of the natural home remedy treatments that we can use in order to treat and prevent diaper rash. As we can see, most of the ingredients or materials used in the procedures are already available in our kitchen cupboard or can be bought in our local grocery stores. This way, we don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to treat the condition and we can also provide the best comfort that we could give to our baby.