Right, I figured for the first topic I pick something that is most common and I dare say it’s every parents worst nightmare, because it has the stigma of neglect attached to it, the dreaded nappy rash.
I still remember when Ruby got one and you feel like the worst parent ever! Especially because I was breastfeeding and therefore thought it was either something I ate or my delay in changing her nappy, so loose-loose on my part.
Doing a little bit of research made my guilt complex even worse, because no matter what page you look at, it tells you that number one cause of it is wetness from contact with wee and poo in a nappy. A good few sites will try to make you feel better by insisting that a newborns skin is very delicate and that it can happen very easy. The other main corporate seem to be antibiotics.
Either way, if not treated straight away it can develop into something far more serious like a yeast infection, such as thrush or candida. A yeast infection is more common in babies taking antibiotics. That’s because the antibiotics kill the good bacteria that normally keep yeast in check. Thrush begins as tiny red spots that multiply and mass into a solid red blotch.
It also can develop into a bacterial infection. Your baby may have a fever, and the infection usually causes oozing yellow patches or pus-filled pimples.
We tried pretty much every cream the pharmacy had for sale and it only got worse. In the end they all ended up in the bin and I had her on a towel with the nappy off for most of the day. You should have seen the mountains of washing! In addition we stopped using wipes and just used damp cotton balls. A friend suggested raw egg white instead of the creams and the rash got better and healed up very quickly. Funny enough, it didn’t even dawn on me to google and check this information, all I wanted was to see her out of pain. Just as well, because I’m not sure if I would have gone ahead with it. Apparently it can cause severe allergic reactions in babies under the age of 1! We got lucky and it did work wonders for us.
Other natural remedies that can help are:
- Vinegar:Stale urine is extremely alkaline in nature and can burn a baby’s soft skin like an acid. To balance out the pH, vinegar is one of the best ingredients. Put one teaspoon of vinegar into 235 ml of water and use this solution to clean your baby’s bottom when changing instead of a wipe. This simple step will help to make your baby’s bottom resistant to yeast.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, and hence can be used to treat diaper rash. It can also have a soothing and healing effect on the baby’s soft skin.
- Oatmeal: It is full of protein and soothes the soft skin of your baby and can help to preserve the natural barrier of the skin. Oatmeal also contains the chemical compound Saponin, which helps remove unwanted oils and dirt from the skin pores.