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Tackling Diaper Rash

Updated: Apr 11


Hey there! I'm Kaitee v, mom of an 11 month baby girl with severe food allergies and sensitive skin. Therefore she is prone to diaper rash because her stool is a little softer and more acidic than most.

What is diaper rash?

A common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis) The skin can appear bright red, swollen or may have little pus filled bumps. Or you baby may show signs of discomfort especially during diaper changes.

Causes

Infrequent diaper changes - prolonged exposure to urine and stool can cause irritation. Especially is your baby has diarrhea or frequent bowel movements.

Chemical sensitivity - some babies are sensitive to the chemicals and fragrances in most disposable diapers. If you are cloth diapering, be careful what laundry soap you use.

New foods - food sensitivities can cause more frequent bowel movements, diarrhea and a ph imbalance.

Antibiotics - Kill bacteria, the good and bad, causing yeast to overgrow and may also also cause diarrhea.

Yeast infections - feed off warm and moist areas and bacteria grows faster making it harder to treat.

Prevention

Choose the right diapers and change your baby more often. Some diapers have fragrances or chemicals in the lining that babies can be allergic to. Check out my favorite disposable and cloth diapers here. Anytime Peyton got a rash that wouldn't clear up after a couple of changes with cream, I immediately switch to 100% cloth until it clears up.

Food - Well for starters everything you eat affects the ph of your urine and stool. So if your baby is eating acidic forming foods, their urine and stool will be acidic. The top 3 acidic foods, according to Yurielkaim, are Meat, Dairy and Grains. I almost completely cut these out of Peytons diet after finding out she has an extreme milk protein allergy. We became really strict with her Diet so I made almost all of her baby food.What I found, any highly processed foods, dairy, eggs and sometimes meat gave her diarrhea! I tend to keep her diet vegan, plant based and non GMO. If you need help with clean baby puree's I got you!

Treatment


Clean - Instead of using wipes I use cloths with warm water and a dab of body wash. If it's really bad I just rinse her off in the shower and let her air dry.

Air it out - After cleaning, make sure the area is completely dry and hold off putting on clothes or diapers as long as you can.

Protect - After the skin has time to breath, make sure you help protect and heal the area with ointments or creams before putting a diaper back on. I love the products below.

Arbonne ABC cream - For mild rashes and daily use. It's botanically based, super thick and I can tell it relieves pain immediately. It has aloe, chamomile and vitamin e to moisturize and soothe.

Young living Rose Ointment - Great for daily use or extreme diaper rash. This is gentle, smells amazing and contains rose essential oil to help heal skin texture and tea tree to soothe rough irritated skin. This one is actually my favorite right now! It works faster than anything else I've tried, a little goes a long way I can see Peytons face relax the second I put it on. So I know it's working.

Boudreaux's butt paste - Every mom on the planet swears by this stuff. It works, but I feel like it takes longer than it should. It contains mineral oil and I normally stay away from this because it's bad for the skin but a friend gave it to me so I decided to give it a try. Mineral oil creates a barrier on the skin letting no moisture in or out so I can understand how it would work, but it's also locking the rash behind the cream not allowing it to breath or heal.

BabyBum Diaper cream Brush - I know this seems silly but it really works, You spread the product on easier, you use less and its easier to clean up than your hand. It's cheap and works great! Worth the money.


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