Diaper rash is very common and frustrating due to the fact that it tends to return again and again. It can make you want to pull your hair out looking for diaper rash remedies that will take care of it once and for all.
First, though, I’d like you to realize that very young children may get yeast infections such as diaper rash very frequently. This is because when they are born, they are “clean.” This means they don’t have Candida Albicans (the fungus responsible for yeast infections) or the “good” helper bacteria that normally keep yeast infections in check.
They eventually develop this natural balance, but in the process, they may get an overabundance of Candida Albicans and develop yeast infections.
A diaper rash develops when moisture, waste, and heat come together to create the ideal environment. A diaper rash is the same thing as a yeast infection that develops on the skin when it is exposed to this environment.
Diaper rash can be very unpleasant for a child, and they will often cry or become fussy whenever they urinate since this will irritate the skin further.
Luckily, diaper rash remedies are pretty simple and straight forward.
Basically, you just want to keep the area as dry as possible. This will probably be quite difficult, if you know children at all. So, instead, it might be easier to take the diaper off after each bowel movement and allow the child to get some fresh air and dry things out. If nothing else, make sure that you change the diaper frequently–more than you probably think is necessary–to keep moisture, heat, and waste from building up too much.
In addition to that, here are a few other simple remedies for diaper rash that you can keep in mind when treating your child.
Steer clear of cornstarch based baby powders, this will only make things worse. Yeast feeds on starches and sugars, so doing this is actually counter-productive.
Consider covering the area with something like Vaseline. This will create a barrier that can protect the skin from further spread of diaper rash and help the underlying skin heal more quickly.
Milk of magnesia is one of my favorite diaper rash remedies as well. Just apply some milk of magnesia to the area after each changing and allow the area to fully dry properly before putting on a new diaper.
The last of the diaper rash remedies I’ll share with you here is an oatmeal bath. This is quite simple to boot as well. All you need to do is fill up an adult-sized tube sock with dry oats (remember, no sugar–yeast feeds on sugar). Then tie the top closed. Draw a bath for your child and then swish the sock around in the water for about 30 seconds to one minute. Then just wring the rest of the water out of the sock and give the child a normal bath.
I hope you’ve found these diaper rash remedies helpful. I know it can be troubling when your child has a diaper rash. All you want to do is fix the problem as soon as possible. Try out some the treatments above and you child will soon be happy and healthy again in no time.