Aug 6, 2010

baby bum

I visited my sweet friend Laura and her beautiful 2 week old baby yesterday. It was so wonderful to sit and hold her, she fell asleep in my arms. We were talking about cloth vs non cloth diapers and she is having some diaper rash issues because her baby is not big enough to fit in the cloth diapers she has so she is using plastic? (I guess that is what they are made of).  It inspired me to come home and so some research on natural ways to fight this problem. Here are a few that I found =)
Home Remedies
Baking soda. If baby's bottom is very raw, try giving a sitz bath for 10 minutes, 3 times per day. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the tub of warm water.
Cornstarch. A nice patting of cornstarch helps dry up damp areas and reduces friction caused by elastic in diapers. When applying, first shake the cornstarch into your hand far from the baby's face. Avoid store-bought talcum powders, as recent studies have shown that talcum is dangerous for babies to inhale.
Maalox. This medicine does more than treat heartburn and stomach upset in adults. It can prevent diaper rash on babies by cooling irritated skin and neutralizing acid. With a cotton ball, apply a small amount of the liquid to baby's bottom. Allow to dry before diapering.
Oatmeal. Add 1 tablespoon dried oatmeal to your baby's bath. It's soothing and helps protect the skin.
Vinegar. Urine is an extremely alkaline solution and can burn the skin just like an acid. To balance out the equation, try adding 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse water when you wash the baby's diapers. The vinegar helps neutralize the ammonia found in urine, gets rid of any soap buildup, and gets rid of diaper smells. You can also go directly to the source by wiping the baby's bottom with a solution of 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar
Coconut oil.  It is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and thus a superior working agent against both yeast infections (in combination with shea butter) and regular diaper rashes.  Simply rub some on the baby’s bottom after each diaper change to keep it away.

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