A baby's bottom may be the epitome of softness, but the tender skin can be pretty sensitive when suffering from diaper rash. The prickly red dots can wreak havoc on a newborn and send mama searching for remedies. Before purchasing fancy potions, check out these all natural (inexpensive) treatments.
- Skip the Baby Wipes - Many commercial baby wipes are made with chemicals and perfumes to make them look and smell good. Skip the wipes and clean your lil one with a soft wet cotton cloth. A traditional cloth diaper or burp cloth works well.
- Air Out - Cover the floors with blankets and towels and take off your lil one's diaper. Allowing your baby's bum to dry out in the fresh air will help clear up the rash.
- Loosen the Diaper - Mamas tend to secure their tots' nappies pretty tight to contain leaks. Loosen the closures so there's a bit of space between the diaper and your baby's bum so air will flow more freely.
- Wash Up - Diaper rashes are not all the same. Some are yeast infections that need to be treated by a doctor. Fifty-percent of LilSugar readers admitted that they don't wash their hands after each diaper change, but doing so will reduce the transfer of yeast and other germs.
- Go Natural - If your lil one comes down with a case of diaper rash, treat it naturally. Zinc oxide, the effective ingredient in many barrier creams, can be bought in powder form and mixed with water to help clear up your tot's bum. Weleda's Calendula Diaper Cream ($13.50) also does the job with all natural ingredients.
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