Diaper rash can be a parent’s worst nightmare. It makes us cringe to see our baby’s little bottom so sore and uncomfortable, and it hurts baby even more. Unsightly diaper rash is caused by a mixture of bacteria that thrives in a warm and dark environment, namely a moist wet diaper. Some cases may also be caused by urine that is too acidic, giving baby a bit more water to drink and less acid producing juice can help his or her urine reach the proper pH and become alkalized. By keeping baby’s bottom dry with frequent diaper changes we can avoid most cases of diaper rash. Rashes can range from mild to severe, with some becoming a real challenge. For mild cases merely changing baby more often and dusting his/her bottom with an ample amount of corn starch may be enough to keep the fierce sting of rashes away. Products containing zinc oxide or petroleum also protect baby’s bottom. I personally like organic coconut oil used as a barrier between diaper changes for baby’s bum, it has anti-viral, anti-fungal (kills yeast too) and antibacterial properties – and it smells so nice. Avoid using scented baby wipes, especially when a rash is present as they can make rashes worse. Letting air at baby’s bottom regularly is a good measure to take. Letting baby play naked for an hour or so a day can be helpful. Diaper rashes can get scary sometimes. If the rash is severe it can look blistered, welted and may even bleed, you’ll need the help of your pediatrician. Prevention is key with diaper rash, as most bacteria cannot grow in dry & airy places, so keep baby’s bottom dry and you and baby will be much happier for it!
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