When my kids were little, they suffered from diaper rash. Nothing is worse as a mother than seeing your bundle of joy in pain—and let me tell y’all, diaper rash is no joke. It looks so painful and uncomfortable. It always seemed that no matter how much baby powder I put on my youngest one, he could never quite kick the rash. I tried just about everything I could think of. I changed his diaper the second he went potty (lucky for me, he made a telltale face whenever he would go). I switched diaper brands a few times to see if it was an allergy issue. I even tried switching from baby wipes to a damp, soft washcloth and drying him off after wiping. Nothing seemed to work, and I was feeling defeated.
Then, a friend of mine told me about some natural alternatives to try. I didn’t try all of these, but I’ve heard success stories from others. These natural ways to reduce diaper rash are great options to try when you’ve tried everything else and when nothing else seems to work. Of course, always consult your child’s pediatrician before trying these out on your baby.
Believe it or not, your breast milk has a lot of healing powers. Breast milk is known to possess many biodynamic properties and antibodies that could help your infant heal from diaper rash. While there’s no solid medical evidence for this, parents know breast milk can help with much more than just feeding a baby.
Olive oil is a natural way to soothe many skin conditions. I grew up using olive oil for every cosmetic issue I stumbled across. Dry skin? Put some olive oil on it. Split ends? Dip those in some olive oil. Chapped lips? Slather those with some delicious olive oil. I kept the same philosophy when my little ones’ diaper rashes would act up. Again, just because this worked for my baby doesn’t mean it’s the right treatment for yours—always ask your doctor before putting anything on your baby’s rash.
Calendula oil is a lesser-known oil made from fresh calendula flowers. You’ll find this oil in a lot of moisturizers and skincare products because it’s known to be very healing and soothing for irritated skin. Many diaper creams even have calendula oil as an ingredient. It’s inexpensive and easy to make yourself. You can even put some of this on your own skin for added moisture.
Overall, whatever works for you and your baby is the best solution to diaper rash. At the end of the day, nobody wants to see their little one suffer from anything. If you have questions or concerns, always contact your child’s pediatrician for direction on curing your baby’s diaper rash.
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