DIAPER RASH

CAUSES – Babies for the most part have sensitive skin.  When a baby urinates or make a bowel movement, it is making contact with their skin, and if left for too long, a rash will develop.  An inflammatory skin condition, Seborrhea that affects the oil glands can also cause a diaper rash. 

TREATMENT – Most diaper rashes can be resolved with over-the-counter medications.  For a bacterial infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed.  An antifungal cream may be prescribed for thrust.  To help the reddened skin area, mix 2 drops each of essential oils of sandalwood, peppermint (Mentha piperita), and lavendar (Lavandula officinalis) in 4 tbsp of a carrier lotion or oil such as sweet almond oil; gently apply lotion to the reddened area of skin.

PREVENTION – A diaper rash is not 100% preventable, but the duration or severity can be limited by keeping the baby dry, clean, and changing the baby’s diaper as soon as it becomes soiled. If cloth diapers are used, you can wash them in bleach or vinegar in the rinse water.

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