8 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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It is very common for babies to get diaper rash, no matter how careful parents are. However, there are several home remedies to keep your baby rash-free and also help soothe the discomfort. From diaper changing to picking a baby powder and diaper rash cream for diaper rash, here’s how you can keep your little one rash-free all day.
Look for a diaper rash cream that has natural ingredients like neem, shea butter, and calendula, all of which are effective in soothing rashes and redness. Use it after each diaper change. You can also use cold-pressed natural coconut oil during colder temperatures to soothe the rashes.
The most important thing to do to prevent and treat a rash in babies is to keep their diapers dry and clean. Use natural bamboo baby wipes or a clean soft cloth to clean the area gently. Bamboo wipes are hypoallergenic in nature and ultra-soft.
Avoid rubbing your baby’s skin roughly and steer clear of wipes that contain alcohol. Use only natural baby-friendly wipes.
Change your baby’s diaper as soon as possible. Even a little bit of trapped moisture is enough to irritate your baby’s delicate skin and cause a rash. Hence, change even slightly wet diapers right away, especially if your baby already has an active diaper rash.
During a diaper change, let your baby go without a diaper for some time whenever possible. Air drying your baby’s skin is actually the best way to let it dry. Just lay your baby on a large sheet or disposable waterproof pads to avoid accidents when he/she is bare-bottomed for some diaper-free time.
You can pick a natural baby powder for diaper rash. However, keep it away from your baby’s face and shake off some powder into a cloth or a powder puff to apply to your baby, instead of applying directly. This will prevent accidental inhalation of the baby powder. Avoid using talc baby powder.
Keep your hands clean to prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast to any part of your body, your baby’s body or other children. Diaper rash in babies can also develop into a yeast infection called candidiasis. This appears bright red in colour and can be found in the creases of the skin. In such a case, consult your doctor immediately for timely treatment.
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