Spending too long in a wet diaper can cause your kid’s bum to break out in spots! Especially in the summer. As any adult who has had a heat rash can attest, it a damp rash can be brutal painful and take a long, long time to heal on its own!
The reason why diaper rash can develop in a hurry is because of bile passed in stool and pH of urine–which can be quite acid–breaks down the oil on our skin that our body exudes as a protective barrier. It also can kill or overwhelm the beneficial bacteria on our skin that protects us from yeast and other infections. On top of it all, disposable diapers can have chemicals in them which just exacerbate the situation.
You can spoon a little corn starch into your hand and rub it on your baby’s bottom to help absorb extra moisture on hot days. Applying it from your hand will reduce the amount flying everywhere, irritating your own and baby’s breathing. Corn starch is the prime ingredient in most baby powder anyway–without the artificial scents!
If you’ve ever used egg white to make yourself a facial mask, you know how it can dry thin, like a second skin. Painting a little egg white over the worst areas will help give them an extra layer of protection, like a bandaid that can wash off.
Avocados are high in nutrients and good fat! After making lunch out of an avocado for you and little one, rub the discarded skin of the avocado on the rash to promote healing.
A little live, cultured yogurt on the area can also help keep thrush at bay, reducing secondary infections that make the rash worse!
Calendula oil or ointment is also a common homeopathic treatment for diaper rash.
Lastly, if your little one has a nasty diaper rash, the best thing to do is let them sit without a diaper whenever possible. This lets the area stay cleaner and drier, keeping bad things out of weepy wounds. Let them play naked in the back yard in the sunshine, or have some nudist tummy time on a blanket on an easy-to-clean floor.
The relief you both will get from the rash will definitely surpass the inconvenience of having to mop up a little mess!
What are some of the things that’s worked for you?