How do I prevent or treat diaper rash?
Diaper rash is one of the issues that you will have to deal with as a new parent, especially during warmer months. It is usually caused by skin irritation from prolonged contact with heat and moisture. To treat diaper rash you need to know what is causing the rash and how what remedies your baby will respond best to.
Diaper rash usually causes mild redness and scaling where the diaper touches your baby's skin. In worst cases, the rash can cause pimples, blisters and other sores. If your baby's rash gets infected, the rash may be bright red and the skin may be swollen. Small red patches or spots may spread beyond the main part of the rash, even outside the diaper area.
The key to preventing and treating diaper rash is to keep your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry.
Change your baby's diaper often, and let him or her go without a diaper when possible to let the air dry his or her skin.
Try placing your baby on an open cloth diaper during nap time. Check the diaper shortly after your baby falls asleep and replace it if it's wet. Babies often urinate right after falling asleep.
Homeopathic Remedies: Many moms have been able to find simple cures for common problems that they face as a parent, and this includes diaper rash. For example, breast milk can be used to treat diaper rash. Simply express some milk and apply it to the rash. An egg white wash has also been used as a homeopathic remedy for diaper rash. Other homeopathic remedies that have been recommended by mothers around the world include: tea bags, lard, fresh air, oatmeal paste, bag balm, and even milk of magnesia.
Know Your Baby: Every baby is different, and each one will respond to diaper rash remedies differently. The best way to find a diaper rash remedy that works for your baby is to learn about your baby’s body. Keep a journal about your baby. Create an entry every time your baby has a reaction to something. This way you will know what products to avoid. If your baby’s diaper rash isn’t responding to normal creams and powders try a homeopathic remedy. If you don’t know what to use then you can always talk to your doctor to see what they recommend. Don't use creams that contain boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate or compound of benzoin tincture. These things can be harmful.
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