Diaper rash is a common problem that can affect babies and toddlers of any age. It can cause discomfort, redness, and irritation to the skin. While it is not usually serious, it can be painful for the child and stressful for parents. To help manage diaper rash, many parents turn to home remedies such as using natural diaper creams or changing the baby’s diet. However, it is important to know when it is time to go see a doctor for more serious treatment options. In this article, we will discuss some of the best diaper rash home remedies as well as when to go see a doctor for more serious cases of diaper rash.
Diaper rashes are a common skin condition for infants and toddlers. Red splotches and scales can appear in the groin area and on the child’s bottom. One of the most common causes of the diaper rash is a yeast infection. Many types of fungi, bacteria and viruses like to grow in warm moist places and cause diaper rashes. Diaper rashes can start to appear for many reason, some are:
The cloth diaper or disposable diaper are on too snug or tight
Your baby’s skin is naturally sensitive and therefore gets irritated easily
Food Allergies or introducing new foods to your baby
Medications – such as antibiotics that can disrupt the delicate balance of your baby’s intestinal tract
Many parents opt for home remedies when it comes to clearing up diaper rash on their baby’s delicate bum. Commonly used remedies include using Baking Soda to create a soothing bath, applying Organic Coconut Oil or Aloe Vera Gel on the affected area, and using a mixture of equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and Water as a natural skin cleanser. Other methods include using lukewarm water and mild soap to clean the area, applying special balms meant for diaper rash, and avoiding irritating products such as diapers with fragrances or dyes. Avoid cloth diapers while your baby has the rash.
It’s important to see your baby’s pediatrician when symptoms of an infected diaper rash include:
blisters on the diaper area
redness and/or pus
Your pediatrician can help you determine the best course of treatment for your baby.