How To Take Care of Common Skin Irritations At Home
The truth is that a babies’ skin is more susceptible to irritation than an adult’s. Even when you take all of the recommended precautions your little one can still develop common skin irritations such as diaper rashes, yeast infections, and allergic reactions. When they occur, these conditions can be quite alarming for new parents. Most of the time however, once you have identified the cause of the problem it can be treated naturally at home. Diaper rashes, are easy to treat because all you need to do is apply an zinc containing diaper rash cream like Baby Butz, and the rash will usually disappear within a few days. Yeast infections, which are a bit more serious, need to be treated with an antibiotic ointment that will have to be prescribed. An allergic reaction that is accompanied by a red rash may take some time to find the cause of because there are so many factors that need to be taken into account.
If your baby appears to be experiencing any one of these ailments there are still things that you can do in your home to help them feel more comfortable.
1. Air Out The Area
This is the old fashioned way to treat Diaper Rashes and Yeast Infections, letting your infant or toddler go diaper free until the rash improves. Okay- obviously you are going to have to be prepared to clean up any accidents that may happen. However, their proven benefits to letting your kid go commando when their bum is sore. If it is nice out you may even want to let them play outside. Believe it or not the vitamin D from the sun actually has natural healing properties.
2. Soothe The Skin With Baby Butz
Even if you have ruled out a diaper rash, there is really no harm in continuing to apply zinc containing diaper rash cream to the rash area. Yeast infections DO NOT respond to diaper rash cream because they are caused by the overgrowth of yeast bacteria. However, the natural healing ingredients that are contained within Baby Butz diaper cream are still fantastic for soothing the skin. They will help to reduce the moisture exposure and itch while you wait to see your doctor.
3. Try A Natural Yeast Remedy
If you are wary about getting a doctor prescribed anti-fungal medication right off the bat, there are a few tried and true anti-fungus remedies that may work. Because yeast can become resistant to over the counter treatments it may be a good idea to try these natural remedies first and see if they work.
Coconut oil, backing soda and diluted vinegar, as well as some anti-fungal herbs have been known to be affective for treating mild yeast infections. 100% natural live culture yogurt applied to the irritated area will also help soothe and relieve the symptoms.
Brandie Peters, is a full-time blogger and stay at home mom who resides in Medicine Hat Alberta, Canada. Her son Jackson is 17 months old.