Phew, it has been quite a week over here! I knew it was coming soon, I mean I can’t go through motherhood without experiencing lots of blowout diapers and a bad diaper rash. Never before have I experienced this and my son is 11 months old, can you believe it?! (I’m covering my face right now because I feel some guilt, but my time has come!) So what’s a mom to do, but research all there is on healing their baby’s diaper rash (okay, I did call my own mama as well for support, and boy, did she have a lot to offer! Thanks mom). I felt like a little mama healer over here! My google search history is filled with all kinds of questions about a baby’s tushie (because I’m a first time mom just trying to figure things out as I go). So I thought I would share with you what worked for my little one.
I tried to use items I had readily available in my home because for one, I didn’t want to drag my son out to the store and risk a blowout there! Secondly, all natural items are easier on the skin and my son has sensitive skin (just like me!). So these items are all natural remedies that I have researched and tried and they worked!
I grounded up about a cup of oatmeal and placed the powder into a sock and tied it. The reason for grounding the oats and for putting it in a sock is because it’ll be less clean up. I placed the sock into a lukewarm bathtub and squeezed it a bit. I let my son sit in the bath for about 10-15 minutes. This helped tremendously. We have been doing it 2 times during the day, morning and night.
I had to stop using our store-bought sensitive wipes because they still had too much chemicals for my little baby’s bottom, which was creating a burning sensation to his skin. So I opted to just plain paper towels with 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar for a VERY weak solution. Why the vinegar you ask? Well, it helps to sanitize a baby’s bottom and resist any yeast infection that may occur. I learn something new everyday with this little one! Just make sure to not use too much.
**Do not use any vinegar if the rash has broken skin, in that case just use wet paper towels.**
I used this to keep my little boy’s bottom from drying out (believe it or not, this is my own go to moisturizer, LOVE coconut oil!) Once his bottom was dry (always make sure your little one’s bottom is dry before placing any moisturizer or creams!) I then rubbed coconut oil on there and placed my diaper rash cream on top.
Diaper Rash Ointment
Honestly, I’m still in the process of finding one I really like for my son. I’m currently researching an all natural product. Recently I posted a “please help” on my facebook page about your favorite diaper rash cream, and everyone suggested great products! They’re so many to choose from, so I’m just experimenting right now. It’s always nice to rely on my followers! Thank you! At this moment I am using Burts Bee’s Diaper Rash Ointment. From what I have read it’s 100% natural with zinc oxide being its active ingredient (skin protector, which is actually what is used in sunscreens.) It does go on thicker because of this active ingredient.
When looking for all natural diaper rash creams I learned that you don’t want anything made with phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, SLS, or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (yeah, I have no idea how to pronounce some of them or what they really mean, BUT I do know they’re not the best for a baby’s skin).
**Tip: Diaper rash ointments or creams that have zinc oxide in them are hard to get off the skin, to help with that either apply coconut oil on top or use petroleum jelly.DO NOT SCRUB OFF.
No Diaper, let them be FREE!
Last but not least, I heard it from everyone! Let your little one run around without a diaper on! (I know it’s hard to do because you don’t want to clean up any type of mess, but it’s what’s best.)
Here’s to smooth little tushies! 🙂
Do you have any “go to” items for diaper rashes? Please share!
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Wishing You Well,