Are you searching for natural ways to prevent diaper rash in babies?
Diaper rash is amongst the top things new moms worry about most, myself included.
I did everything possible to avoid it.
Delicate skin in constant contact with a snug-fitting nappy full of urine or stools means one thing: the chance of skin irritation is very high.
It doesn’t have to be like that though.
So how do you make sure your baby doesn’t struggle with this common rash?
It is actually simple.
In this post you will learn how to prevent diaper rash in babies, what causes it, as well as tried and tested home remedies you can use to alleviate its symptoms.
What Causes Diaper Rash In Babies?
When the skin is exposed to urine or stools for a long period of time, nappy rash can develop.
The chances are higher if your baby has sensitive skin, prone to eczema, pees often, or has frequent bowel movements.
If your little one has sensitive skin, using a new product (especially with fragrance and other harsh chemicals) can irritate the skin and cause a rash. This includes diapers with fragrance and laundry soap.
Rubbing sensitive skin can also trigger a rash.
Sensitivity to a certain kind of food can also cause a rash once a baby passes stools.
How To Prevent Diaper Rash
Frequent Diaper Change
Don’t keep your baby in a wet or soiled nappy for too long. As soon as you notice that the nappy is full, change it.
As mentioned before, a nappy rash develops in a moist enclosed environment.
Ditch Perfume And Toxic Chemicals
Avoid using perfumed products on your baby’s skin, especially on the nappy area.
Diapers with fragrance, diaper barrier creams, wipes, and any other perfumed products you use on your baby’s bum are more likely to increase the chances of a diaper rash.
Choose non-fragranced whenever you buy baby items.
Besides, baby products with fragrances are generally not safe for your baby’s skin anyway.
If using cloth diapers, irritation could be stemming from the laundry soap you are using. Switching it can help avoid diaper rash.
Use cotton diapers on your baby’s bottom. They may be a little expensive but they are more delicate on your little one’s skin.
Cotton is breathable and absorbs moisture well so it is ideal on diapers.
Use Cloth Diapers
Staying with the idea of cotton to prevent diaper rash, use cloth diapers made from pure cotton.
Cloth diapers contain fewer chemicals compared to disposable diapers so your baby will ultimately be exposed to fewer chemicals.
Use A Diaper Barrier Cream
Make sure you protect your baby’s skin and use a barrier cream on your baby’s bum before putting on a nappy.
It doesn’t have to be a bum cream with a long list of ingredients you don’t recognize. Natural coconut oil will do the trick.
Use Diaper Liners
Place liners inside the diaper to increase absorption and also separate your baby’s skin from the wet diapers.
Using a diaper liner also shortens the amount of time the skin is in contact with urine.
Get Diapers With An Indicator
Diapers with a wetness indicator are your best friend. These will quickly show you when the diaper needs to be changed so you don’t forget.
Remember to regularly check if the baby is not wet, especially a few minutes to an hour after a feed. Even when using diapers with a wetness indicator.
Make Sure Baby’s Bottom Is Dry Before Putting On The Diaper
Let the skin dry thoroughly before putting on a diaper. Enclosing wet skin with a nappy is like working backward.
You are changing the diaper so your baby can be dry, it doesn’t make sense to put on the diaper when the skin is still wet.
With your busy schedule, it seems a bit tedious to wait for the skin to dry. Use a clean soft washcloth to pat dry your baby’s bum to speed up the process.
Don’t reuse this cloth, wash it after each use.
You should get yourself a few washcloths to use throughout the day and wash before the end of the day. Have extra ones to use while others are drying.
Let The Skin Breathe
Let your baby sit without a diaper a few minutes after changing. It doesn’t have to be too long, 15 minutes is better than nothing.
Leaving a baby with no diaper seems risky, especially if you are tired of changing outfits and sheets from diaper leaks. Besides, where are you going to get the time for that?
Here is a great tip.
If your baby pees while you are changing them, this can be the perfect time for that nappy free time.
The chances of your baby peeing again before you put the diaper back on are less.
If your baby hasn’t peed yet, just leave them on a cotton receiver or on top of a waterproof sheet.
Treating diaper rash is worse than washing wet sheets.
Don’t rub or scrub your baby’s diaper area. Besides irritating your baby’s skin, it might just aggravate diaper rash if it was developing.
Instead of rubbing, dab.
This might be difficult if there is poop, understandably so. Gently wipe your baby’s bottom with a soft wet cloth or baby wipes. Don’t put a lot of pressure on the skin.
This is how to wipe a baby with a diaper rash as well. No rubbing, no pressure. Being gentle is the way to go.
How To Prevent Diaper Rash At Night
When still small, babies feed and pee all night long. You are going to have to change nappies throughout the night.
Once you have managed to get your baby to sleep all night, the last thing you want is to wake them up because of a wet diaper.
The best thing to do is make sure the nappy is completely dry when they fall asleep.
If you use overnight diapers, they can keep your baby’s bottom dry for up to 12 hours.
Home Remedies For Diaper Rash In Babies
So your baby is already uncomfortable and you want to know how to treat diaper rash naturally and avoid irritating their skin any even further?
Firstly, make sure that it is a usual diaper rash and not a yeast infection.
A diaper rash often appears as red patches or chapped skin.
A yeast infection on the other hand looks like raised skin bumps or pimples on the diaper area. It often needs a doctor’s consultation and a prescription for an anti-fungal cream.
Once you are certain that it is indeed just a diaper rash, use these home remedies that are proven to work!
Warm Water Soak
Soak your baby’s bottom in warm water for a few minutes and let them dry thoroughly.
Pat dry and then blow air over your baby’s bum with a cloth or a paper fan.
Soaking in water will not only soothe the rash, but it will also get rid of any sweat and moisture build-up and let the skin breathe.
Breast milk has anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible to be used to treat many conditions, diaper rash included.
Dab a little breastmilk with cotton wool and apply to your baby’s bum, let it dry completely before putting on the diaper.
P.S. Be completely sure your baby’s rash isn’t from a fungal infection before using breastmilk, otherwise, it might get worse.
Use Coconut Oil
Besides being used on skin and hair, coconut oil, which is antibacterial and antifungal, can also be used to treat diaper rash.
Unlike petroleum jelly, coconut oil gets quickly absorbed into the skin and doesn’t get leftover onto the nappy.
Don’t worry, even if you don’t see it, it does create a protective barrier between the skin and nappy.
Apply Natural Yogurt
Natural plain yogurt is a skin natural moisturizer that is often used to treat skin conditions, diaper rash included.
Make sure there is no sugar added.
As with other remedies, let it dry thoroughly before putting on the diaper.
Give An Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal works wonders on the skin.
It is often used on beauty skin treatments as well as eczema.
Grind oatmeal into a powder, add it to your baby’s bath, and let the soothing begin.
These remedies should be used together with the tips to prevent nappy rash.
P.S. Please consult a medical professional anytime before you start using home remedies.
When To Consult A Doctor For Nappy Rash
Diaper rash usually clears up after a few days (less than 5 days) when treated at home.
If it doesn’t, further action needs to be taken.
If your baby has any of the following symptoms, consult a doctor right away.
- White patches on the mouth
- Rash looks like small pimples
- Pus on the rash
Although a rash in the nappy area is common, you can definitely avoid it.
Don’t feel bad if your baby does develop it though, sometimes it happens even when you have done your best to prevent it.
What is important is knowing what to do once you spot a rash developing on your baby’s bottom.
Use these helpful tips to prevent diaper rash and make use of home remedies to treat rash if it appears, most importantly, know which signs to look out for if your baby’s diaper rash actually needs to be checked out by a doctor.