By Angela J. Willard for Natural Baby Magazine
Diaper rash happens. It doesn’t happen to every baby or all the time, but that does not mean it cannot happen to yours. If your baby gets diaper rash, the first thing you should NOT do is blame yourself. Rashes happen. The next thing you should do is understand that they are painful to your baby and act immediately in healing the rash and eliminating the cause of it.
When my daughter was a baby she would get terrible diaper rash and nothing seemed to work. I was distraught! I would take her to her pediatrician who assured me it’s “no big deal” but it was a big deal to my daughter who was in pain and with no relief. Not even prescription creams worked on her stubborn rash that soon caused blisters. I had to do something!
I switched from disposable diapers, which irritated her skin, to cloth diapers (which saved me a lot of money in the long run) and I changed them OFTEN. I was on diaper duty 24/7 to ensure that she stayed as dry as possible to help heal the rash. Through this process, I learned she was allergic to her own urine. If I had known then what I know now, having raised five babies, I would have found someone who makes homemade salves! They work. I have used both devil’s club and dandelion salves and am amazed at how quickly the rash heals, along with keeping baby as dry as possible.
There are other things you can do to soothe your baby’s bum while working toward healing the rash:
As a parent, we want our children to be healthy, happy and content. One way we can ensure this is by eliminating causes of the opposite. If your baby has a stubborn rash and you are exasperated, work with your pediatrician/naturopath to determine the cause of the rash, such as an allergy to their own urine, and do all you can to help your baby heal.
Angela J. Willard is a mother of five adult children and a grandmother. She is the publisher of Natural Baby Magazine and is studying to be a naturopathic physician. You can contact her at naturalbaby [at] publishinparadise.com
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