Diaper rash is the worst! All babies get it, some worse than others, and it’s never fun. Once those summer months hit and the heat and humidity go up and the water activities increase, those diapers are breeding grounds for irritants and bacteria.
What is diaper rash?
Diaper rash can be found as a result of irritation. It normally appears in the form of a red, splotchy rash on your baby’s bottom and genitals. It can also appear as red scales.
What causes it?
- Weather & environment – heat & humidity, a day at the beach, and general summertime activities plus sweating will all cause diaper rash
- Sensitive skin
- Ill-fitting diapers
- Mild skin allergy to diaper/wipe/product
- Remaining in soiled diapers for too long
How to fix it?
- Breast Milk – I mean it fixes everything 🤷🏽♀️
- Cornstarch – I shit you not! Most natural baby powders are made from cornstarch
- White Vinegar – mix 1 teaspoon with a cup of clean warm water and use to clean baby’s affected area
- Apple Cider Vinegar – mix a small cupful in baby’s bath for a medicated soak
- Coconut Oil – apply directly to affected area
- Petroleum Jelly – apply directly to affected area
- Aloe Vera – told you it has a good idea to have this houseplant! Break off a leaf, squeeze aloe out, & apply directly to affected area
- Over the counter creams/gels such as Desitin, Aquafor, Triple Paste, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, Hello Bello, Honest Company, etc
How to prevent it?
- Keep baby clean & dry, changing them more frequently when hot or at the beach
- Don’t tape diapers too snug or use one’s that are too small. Also allow baby’s skin to breath-diaper free every once in awhile
- Use mild products catered to sensitive skin & are alcohol free
When to call the doctor?
Most rashes will go away within a few days after above steps, and if it doesn’t, or it get’s worse, time to go to the pediatrician. Diaper related yeast infections are also super common in babies and produce a similar rash. However, they won’t go away without a prescription cream.