Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Simple Solutions for Diaper Rash

Through the years my house has seen its fair share of diaper rashes. Using cloth diapers presents a small challenge of needing to know how to treat a diaper rash with out staining your diapers or causing repelling issues.

Many of the store bought rash creams are not suitable on cloth diapers with out using a barrier.

The first thing I want to bring your attention to is....away from the diaper! Yes, this is a diaper rash solution, but it comes no where near the diaper! Thus being 100% cloth diaper friendly!

Where exactly are we going you may ask? To the bath tub!

When a child gets a rash, the warm water is very soothing, add some salt to that or even an oatmeal bath and your baby's bum will thank you!

Once in the tub, what you can do is add Tea Tree Oil! Add 3-5 drops to the bath water and just let them play in the tub as usual.

Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and is great for fighting and preventing rashes, even yeast rashes! Its also great for many other things, including warding off respiratory colds, staph infections when the kiddos wont stop scratching a bug bite, and even treating the bug bite itself to stop the itching and make the site heal quicker!

Another bath additive is Grapefruit Seed Extract. It has the same antibacterial qualities as Tea Tree Oil. Use it the same way by putting a few drops in the bath water.

For continued protection with Tea Tree Oil or Grapefruit Seed Extract you can use it in your cloth wipes solution. Simply mix it in with water and use it to wet your wipes before wiping babies bottom.

Some other natual remedies that I like are straight cornstarch, olive oil, coconut oil (good for yeast rash), and honey mixed with Tea Tree Oil applied to the diaper rash.

To keep any ointments off your diapers, a simple solution is using liners. These can be store bought liners or ones you make yourself!

A couple of ideas for making yourself are:

Cut up an old tee shirt into rectangles and lay on the inside of your diaper .

Cut up a old fleece baby blanket or even go buy one for $1.00 at year nearest drug store. The fleece offers two forms of protection by making a barrier for ointments and also making a stay dry liner so your baby will feel dry!

Simple solutions!
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