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10 Tips On How To Cure Diaper Rash

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Prevention of a child’s yeast infection is not unlike preventing a woman’s or man’s yeast infection. To reduce your child’s chances of developing and maintaining a diaper yeast infection, I highly recommend the following ten rules. You will notice that quite a few of the lifestyle and dietary recommendations are based on the fact that a diaper yeast infection thrives in an environment which is warm, dark and moist and is fed on sugars and yeast foods. Knowing this, think about increasing the air flow, changing diapers frequently and removing the food supply that yeast likes to feed on, the sugar and yeast-laden foods. Here is a small amount of information from my book Candida Crusher, one of the most comprehensive books yet written on yeast infections and available through this link: Candida Crusher

1. Frequent Diaper Changes

The first and most important step if you want a quick resolution of your child’s diaper rash is to always change the baby right away if you know he or she is wet or soiled. In particular, it is quite important to change a newborn baby’s diaper very regularly; it may be as frequent as every two to three hours. If your child is prone to diaper rash then change his or her diaper frequently regardless of their age. Remember, urine and feces will be the greatest source of irritation if there is a diaper rash and changing and by changing frequently you will reduce this source of irritation greatly.

2. Leave the diaper off regularly.

After cleaning, the skin should be exposed to air, leaving the diaper off for several hours if possible. You will find that diaper rash will resolve more quickly by frequent airing of your baby’s skin. Ensure your child is kept in a warm and dry environment and that the skin is allowed to dry sufficiently between diaper changes. Exposure to the sun in the earlier hours of the morning or late in the afternoon will also found to be beneficial.

3. Avoid 100% cotton diapers.

If your baby has an existing diaper rash then avoid 100% cotton diapers no matter how soft, fluffy and environmentally friendly they are. Mothers who use pure cotton diapers also tend to use a plastic diaper cover which will cause even more aggravation by prohibiting adequate ventilation of the affected area. It is best to switch to the modern synthetic variety as this type of diaper tends to draw any moisture away from the skin.

4. Cleanse Well

Clean and carefully wipe the baby’s bottom at each changing. Be gentle and take care because the irritated skin will be quite sensitive and rubbing may contribute to the rash. Use unscented wipes and preferably low allergy wipes or just use plain tepid water and a soft cotton cloth. Wash the skin with a very mild soap like a goat’s milk soap, leave it air dry or lightly pat the area down.

5. Change Diaper and Diaper Wipe Brands

If you use disposable diapers, try different brands. Use non-irritating or “low allergy” brands and select diapers that fit your child well with less overall friction. If you consistently find that diaper rash occurs regardless of the brand diaper you try, then consider using cloth diapers if there is consistent trouble with disposable diapers. Rinse cotton diapers with a half cup of apple cider vinegar in the rinse cycle and add 1 teaspoon of water soluble tea tree oil to this mixture. Good advice.

6. Diaper rash cream

I have found in most cases of diaper rash that a high-quality Calendula cream works best. Always use a 100% natural diaper rash cream that does not contain any chemicals or irritants. A high quality cream or ointment can stop rashes of many kinds, so be sure to use the cream with each diaper changing if your baby is prone to having rashes. Avoid petroleum based jelly (crude oil derivative) or steroid creams or ointments as a preventative daily cream. One of my favorite products when I used to change countless diapers of my four children was a lanolin based product, a naturally occurring animal fat produced by sheep to keep their skin and fleece waterproof. Emu oil is good too, and so is jojoba oil. Could the infant’s rash be caused by a contact or allergic dermatitis? Stop using any new soaps or detergents that may be causing the rash. Incredible, but sometimes you will find those chemical skin concoctions your doctor recommends may even be the very cause of your child’s skin rash or aggravate an existing skin complaint.

7. Special treatment for severe diaper rash

Start by gently cleaning baby’s bottom, then soak in a large bowl of tepid water to which you have added 1 teaspoon of water soluble tea tree oil. Pat the skin gently dry rather using a soft cotton cloth than using a wiping motion. Be sure to let the area dry thoroughly, use a hair dryer turned to very low heat to ensure a complete dryness. Allow the skin to air thoroughly before applying a small amount of cream. For heavy duty use, use a white zinc oxide cream which is thicker and may be necessary for rash-prone babies. Your chemist or pharmacy will be able to help here. Be very careful with the diet and ensure all acid forming and sugary foods and drinks are removed from the diet, and from the mother’s diet if she is breast feeding her child.

8. Certain foods may worsen the rash

Read what I wrote just previously about food allergies and food intolerances. Are you breastfeeding exclusively?  Then you will want to be careful with what you eat and drink in particular, because everything you eat and drink will affect the quality of your breast milk and consequently your child.   If this is the case, avoid the key allergenic foods (see above) until the rash has cleared.

9. Diaper rash caused by a yeast infection

Has your child recently had a course of antibiotics or have you if you are breastfeeding? If the child has a fungal diaper rash be especially careful of sweet foods and do follow my Candida Crusher Diet as outlined in my book. Calendula or Tea Tree Oil cream will be found to be very effective as they are both anti-fungal. Be sure to give your child a pro-biotic capsule or a small amount of powder daily. If you breastfeed, take a pro-biotic twice daily yourself.

10.Treat systemically, not just the diaper rash

Just like any form of yeast infection, treat your child systemically as well as locally to get a quick and permanent result. If your child develops diaper rash and is breastfed by you then you are best to change your diet and follow the Candida Crusher diet and program for optimal and lasting results, my book contains an incredible amount of useful information when it comes to the best dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations for candida yeast infections. Be sure to get your copy today.