Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday: Diaper Rash Relief

Diaper rash is, in some ways, inevitable with small babies since they always have their diapers on their precious little bums. Usually, a little bit of diaper rash cream will go a long way, but sometimes, even Desitin seems insufficient. If you've seen a bad diaper rash, you'll know what I mean. Bleeding, red, sore skin that hurts your baby to even touch it. I guess diaper rash is on my mind, as my daughter just recovered from a bad one and these are some of my few tried-and-true tips and remedies.

*When changing your baby's diaper, it can be helpful to rinse their bum off in the skin or shower, using a sprayer with warm water, rather than a wet wipe or sponge, which can further irritate their skin.
RATING: 6: SOMEWHAT HELPFUL

*Baking Soda Bath. In a small bath, dump 1/4- 1/2 box of baking soda into warm water and allow your baby to sit/lie in the water for as long as possible.
RATING: 9.5: HUGELY HELPFUL

*Naked Bum Time. For as long as possible during the day, remove your baby's diaper and allow them to play naked on a few towels on the ground, so as to give their poor bum a break from the constant friction of having a diaper against their bum.
RATING: 9: HUGELY HELPFUL

*Petroleum Jelly. This isn't something you'll want to use every time, but in maybe 1 out of every 3-4 diaper changes in a day, you can use petroleum jelly to coat their bum, as it will soften the rough, dried, red skin, and create a barrier between your baby's bum and their diaper/urine/feces.
RATING: 7: HELPFUL

*Bordeaux's Butt Cream. This costs a pretty penny, but when your poor baby is bleeding on their bum from a diaper rash, this product is well worth it. Use a cotton swab to apply the cream to their rash to get the most out of each use.
RATING: 8.5 QUITE HELPFUL

*Lecithin. For extreme rashes, you can apply lecithin to your baby's caboose; it will aid in a quicker healing time.
RATING: 8.5 QUITE HELPFUL

*Change Diaper Often. One of the most important things to do once your child has a rash is to change their diaper as often as possible, because every time you change their diaper, the affected area is
*cleansed
*dried out
*given a break from their diaper
RATING: 7: HELPFUL

A mixture of any and all of the above should help aid recovery from a bad diaper rash. I wish you all the best, as a sore bum is the saddest thing ever.


9 comments:

  1. petroleum jelly and baby powder at the same time works great too. I swear by it! ;-)

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  2. I had girls with bad rash. I swear by a cream called calmoseptine. It is at pharmacies only. My Target pharmacy stocks it behind the counter. I also made a spray bottle with a big squirt of baby soap, and little baby oil and fill it with water. I would spray their bums and then wipe with a soft paper towel like viva. I think I am the only one with a paper towel holder above my changing table. But much less harsh than baby wipes.

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  3. I've never used anything more than cornstarch :)

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  4. I've never used anything other than cornstarch :)

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  5. We are on our 2 second child and still use the honest diapers brand. With my 1st daughter we tried some less expensive brands and they all leaked. Honest NEVER LEAKED....My new little one is 4 months and sleeps all night long. When she gets up in morning, the diaper is so full to the max but the sheets and her clothing are all very dry!!

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  6. We ran out of our honest wipes and had to substitute with huggies all natural and now my son has a really bad rash :( idk what to do cause its 12:45am and everything is closed. We don't have any of this stuff on hand except a&d ointment and that just seems to hurt him more

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    1. If its a really bad rash, let him sleep without his diaper- just have minimal blankets and know that you will have to wash everything- but the exposure to the air, coupled with no diaper, will start the healing process. And make sure to use water to rinse off his bum- run it under the sink! But don't actually put a cloth on his bum. Hope this helps!!

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