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Causes and Natural Solutions for Diaper Rash

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by M. J. Joachim

Diaper rash is a natural occurrence, and most babies come down with it at some point during their pre-potty trained years.  It makes sense when you realize that bodily fluids are saturating a diaper, and remaining in contact with tender skin until someone notices and changes the baby.  Individuals respond to chemicals differently.  Some are more sensitive to acid, while others can’t handle too much alkalinity.

Treating diaper rash can be tricky.  You need to determine the root cause of the problem in order for the baby to respond to the treatment well.  Diaper rash begins as a response to chemicals.  It is often irritated by extra acid or alkaline concentrations being imposed on tender skin in damp, dark places. 

Chemicals in the body change for many reasons.  A baby’s body grows at such a rapid rate when they are in diapers.  They are exposed to many new foods, products, and medicines.  They also develop teeth and motor skills.  All of these things contribute to chemical exposure and can cause internal responses or reactions.

According to Kimberly Gallagher at Family Herbal Remedies, using cloth diapers is a great way to prevent diaper rash.  She goes on to explain that cloth diapers alone are not the key to eliminating this concern; the way you care for them is also a contributing factor in reducing diaper rash issues.  You’ll want to use mild soaps, and avoid soaking them in bacteria filled water for any length of time.

Some people like to powder the baby’s bottom with cornstarch.  “Cornstarch is known to keep moisture from the skin and aid in healing,” says eHow editor, Jean Lockwood.  You can even find baby powders with cornstarch listed as a main ingredient.   It is just as easy to pick up a box of cornstarch in the baking aisle of your favorite grocery store, and probably much less expensive too.

Diaper rash is an international dilemma.  Consequently people all over the world have discovered different remedies to cure it.  Powders, egg whites, tea, and even vinegar baths have been used and discussed on websites offering natural solutions for diaper rash.  The most highly recommended by far is cornstarch.

It is important to determine the cause of diaper rash before treating it.  While cornstarch is very effective and highly proven, it has been known to make yeast infections worse.  Yeast infections happen when the body’s good and bad bacteria are out of balance, and this often happens from the use of antibiotics.   Babies being treated with antibiotics for ear infections, too much sinus drainage, and other problems have a higher risk of responding negatively to cornstarch as a diaper rash treatment.

One of the most effective ways to limit and control diaper rash is by changing the baby regularly.  Practicing good hygiene is something that rarely fails in the overall prevention of diaper rash.  This includes washing the baby’s bottom every time you change his diaper.  If things are exceptionally messy, it might be a good idea to give the baby a comforting bath using mild soap and a splash of vinegar. 

Keeping the baby calm also helps control diaper rash.  Emotions tend to offset chemicals in our bodies and can increase our reaction in the form of hives and skin irritation.  Babies also have very real physical responses to their environment.  The only difference is that they aren’t capable of changing it.