Diaper rash is a menace. It can disturb the peace and sanity of you and your baby, you shouldn’t have to put up it it any more than a few days at most. Today I’ll be sharing my tried and tested ways of getting rid of diaper rash fast.
I remember my first encounter with diaper rash, it was a horrible experience. It was just a few days after my mother returned home after omugo. This rash came from no where. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. I carried out the same routine as always, so I didn’t know why it just wouldn’t go away. I asked around from women who had children in my church or place of work and I got a plethora of well meaning advice like; “use dusting powder!”, “coconut oil is what I use for my baby o!”, “use black soap it will disappear in 3 days!”, one lady even told me to use engine oil!!! Nigerian mothers sha….. And because I was desperate, I tried them one after the other (yes o! even the engine oil!). After all said and done, still no result. Eventually (after a month or so) I gave up. So the scores:
diaper rash 1 : new mommy 0
Needless to say, I never wanted that to happen again. So did my research and blended everything I found out into three simple steps which I will be sharing today. The next time diaper rash showed up, I was prepared. As of today the scores stands
diaper rash 1 : experienced mama 6
Are ready to be empowered? Let’s kick that rash to the curb
step 1: find the cause and eliminate it
This should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway. Contrary to what i initially thought. A diaper rash does NOT appear from no where. There must be a cause before an effect. Because you know your baby best, survey the possible suspects and eliminate it. In most cases,its not so complex. Go down the list I’ve compiled below and see if anything rings true. If it does then that is possibly the cause
- You changed your diaper brand: let me tell you how that happens. You probably heard your mommy friend(s)talking about some diaper that is super awesome and curiosity got the better of you? or you went to the store to buy diaper and you saw another brand that’s cheaper and everyone says its great, so you decided to give it a trial? or better still you were gifted a bunch of baby diapers of different brands by well wishers hen you had your baby, so you started using them when your regular stock was depleted? whatever the scenario that led to the change, its best to note that with babies, consistency is key. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Don’t change your baby’s soap, creams, diaper brand, powder or detergent anyhow. Get a good brand and stick to it as long as it works for you and your baby.
That being said diapers that are too tight can irritate diaper rash. You should check that all diapers fit correctly and ensure that you buy larger sizes as your baby grows grows.
- Dirty diapers stay on too long: This is a tough one to be sure about. After all how long is too long. The answer is simple: it depends on your baby. ‘Baby A’can ear one wet diaper for the whole day without batting an eye lash while ‘baby B’ cant stand it for more than 4 hours max. Every baby is different( and so is their bum). So maybe you have a ‘baby B’ on your hands. In order to win against diaper rash you have to change more often and on time. Change your baby’s diaper as soon as it gets soiled. Too much moisture creates an environment that promotes rash makes it more prone to swelling and easily penetrated by irritants
- Your child is reacting to something that she ate: This is the least likely cause and the hardest to figure out because it takes a while to pin point which food caused the reaction. But its uncommon to find a baby having rash due of change in diet but it does happen that’s why its on the list. If you think this might be the case . narrow down the changes you added to your child’s diet and try eliminating the cause one food at a time to you figure it out. Most common are antibiotics, tomatoes and oranges
What to do to a bad diaper rash
1. air your baby’s bottom
Contrary to popular opinion, the fastest ways to stop diaper rash is to not treat it. Honestly! Let me tell you why. Because diaper rash is caused by irritation and/ or sensitivity. So in order to ease sensitivity or irritation, the best thing in my opinion is to just let it be. Now airing your baby’s bum may not always be convenient you can do the next best thing strap on your baby’s diaper lightly. It shouldn’t fit snugly as you would on a normal day. Make it as free as possible to allow the maximum amount of air in or put on a pant/ shorts but be ready to change it as soon as it gets soiled.when I was battling diaper rash the second time around, this was what gave me the upper hand. Airing your baby’s bum will dry out the area and give your baby’s skin a much needed break from all the moisture and friction
2. Go Natural
The final blow that knocked diaper rash out of my radar for good was my decision to go natural and stay that way. Many moms will swear by different creams and the likes but some work ant many others don’t. So rather than trying hit and miss, I chose to use aleo vera. No one told me to do so but I had tried everything and decided it was worth a shot. I had used it to combat pimples and the likes so why not?. It worked like a charm. After airing my baby’s bum till it was dry. I would slather on some aleo gel over the entire area then I would let it dry before putting on diapers if at all. On days that I wont use aloe vera, I would use shea butter. With the same process. Airing to dry before applying a light sheen on the entire diaper area. Its no surprise that I won that battle, with aleo vera, that rash didn’t stand a chance. There’s so many benefits of having aleo vera at home, its something every woman should grow at home.
3. No more wipes:
I discovered this one later on. Ever since I stopped using wipes, I’ve not had a whiff of diaper rash. Yes, wipes can cause a diaper rash because friction can weaken the protective barrier of the skin. Rubbing can and will make it worse.So hold off on the wipes(at least till the rash is cleared). I see moms rubbing firmly on their baby’s bum in the name of wipes. Because we try to get as much mess off ads we can in one wipe. Well if this is you. Its better at this point in time to swap to just water (and soap if you like) and its more economical ( if I do say so myself) Be gentle on your baby’s skin in this period, with a towel or soft cloth. Pat your baby dry. don’t rub so ou don’t cause further irritation
Also consider the diaper brand you are currently using may not be the right choice for your little one. It might be time to switch to a bigger size to keep diaper rash at bay and make your baby more comfortable
When to get help
In some cases, reoccurring diaper rash is not ordinary, it can be a sign of an underlying condition like eczema or yeast infection. Get Medical help if
- Rash is bleeding or oozing pus
- The rash is accompanied by a fever
- Th rash is unusual and spreads to other parts of the baby’s body
So with these three tips . I’m sure that every mama can crossover to the winning side and make diaper rash a thing of the past. Till next time……