Saturday, August 7, 2010

Diaper Rashes

What can you do for babies with diaper rash? The first step is identifying the type of rash. Originally I googled photos of different rashes in attempt to post coordinating photos with this post. Unfortunately the photos were all worst case scenarios and I didn't want to scare folks. I am listing some rashes and remedies below - I am NOT a doctor so please check with yours.

A few things to note:
  • The diaper rash is usually caused by the feces and if the feces happen to be solids then the risk of the rash is high.
  • Breast-fed babies are less prone to this infection. A balance of breast milk and semi-solid foods or formula would go a long way in controlling this rash.
  • Avoid perfumed baby powders
  • If you are cloth diapering - try changing detergents and then strip your diapers. My easy diaper stripping instructions (scroll to the bottom)
  • Do not use wipes, lotions, or powders that contain alcohol or fragrance, because this can irritate babies delicate skin and prolong the diaper rash.
  • Look at the obvious clues. My daughter Rylee had a horrible diaper rash. She was in pre-folds and a wool cover. After switching out the wool the rash went away. WE had her tested and sure enough she had a lanolin allergy.

Rash Remedies for every type of rash
  • Air your baby out as much as possible.
  • If naked time isn't an option then make sure you are changing diapers as soon as your baby dirties it.
  • Calendula cream encourages healing and helps with pain.
  • Avoid foods that cause diarrhea and acidic urine.
  • Plain old corn starch helps any kind of chafing on your body just pat on dry skin.
  • If you are lactating - squirt some breastmilk on the rash. It will be sticky but breastmilk has natural antibiotics that work as well topically as they do orally.

Candida aka yeast
If you go to a traditional doctor they will give you an antifungal topical treatment.

Natural Remedy

  • Both of you should start taking acidophilus if you are breastfeeding to help get your systems in balance again (and in your case, to prevent thrush on your nipples).
  • Also avoid sweets and yeast!
  • You can also apply acidophilus directly to your baby's bottom.
  • Paint baby's bottom with gentian violet (once a day for 3-4 days), which you can buy from small drugstores. It usually works very well, but is also very messy - it turns everything purple! Also it can irritate the skin so use moderately.
Painful Red Bleeding Rashes
In addition to the rash remedies listed first in this post you can also:
  • Use vinegar in the bath water and let the child soak for about 10 minutes - fill tub to waistline, and add 1/4 -1/2 cup white vinegar.
  • Just rinse the baby's bottom in the sink at each change instead of using wipes.

When to call a doctor
  • If the rash lasts longer then a few days
  • If it spreads to other parts of the body - arms, face...
  • If your baby is under two months old
  • If the rash is getting worse instead of better
  • If your baby has a high fever or is lethargic
  • If the rash is bleeding, has pus, crusty patches or boils
Note: If you are using a LolliDoo Diaper - you can boil it once in a blue moon to sterilize it. Do not try this with PUL (polyurethane) diapers because you will ruin the PUL.

This is a great article from WebMd for more information

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