Oh no, your baby’s tush is cracked and bleeding. As parents, there’s nothing worse than having a suffering baby, so a baby with a diaper rash is no laughing matter.
Diaper rash, if left untreated, can turn into a serious infection. The good news, it’s very easy to treat and most are cleared up in just a few days.
Here is a list of things you can do to treat and prevent diaper rashes.
1. Diaper Changes
Diaper rashes are caused by moisture being against the baby’s sensitive skin. By increasing the number of times you change your baby’s diaper it will reduce the frequency of diaper rashes.
2. Switch Diaper and Laundry Brands
Believe it or not, the baby’s skin is very sensitive. Making it very possible the culprit of your baby’s bleeding tush is the diaper brand or laundry soap you’re using. Even if you’ve been using the same brand all this time. Baby’s skin changes and grows as they age and develop. So, something that worked great for the first few months, or even years, may not be an option any more.
Try switching brands and removing fabric softener from baby’s clothes routine. Be in favor of brands that have removed harsh chemicals and scents from their ingredients. Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best Chlorine-free, and Bamboo Nature are just a few brands available to help combat skin sensitivity. As far as laundry soap, Babyganics Baby Laundry Detergent, Seventh Generation, and Rockin’ Green are some great choices.
Once the rash has healed try introducing the brand back in, keeping a close eye for any reoccurring flare-ups. As these may be a sign your baby has an allergy to that brand.
3. Give that Derriere Some Breathing Room
Disposable diapers are designed to hold moisture. Because of this wonderful design it also traps moisture against the baby’s skin. So a good way to combat diaper rashes is to give their booty a little air time.
If you’re uncomfortable letting your baby go commando, cloth diapers are a great alternative. Cloth diapers are made from cotton inserts and a PLU lining. That allows airflow while saving your floors.
4. Proper Diaper Fit
Believe it or not, a properly fitting diaper is one of the reasons your baby may be getting a diaper rash. A diaper that is too tight doesn’t have the needed space to keep all that wetness away from their skin.
Here is a great link to huggies.com that tells you how to check your baby’s diaper fit.
5. Creams and Ointments
Ointment is a great way to help, not only to prevent diaper rashes but heal them. There are some great products available in your local grocery stores. Some of them include Desitin, A+D Ointment, Butt Paste, and Vaseline. But, please take the time to read the label. Some creams are specifically for treating and others are for preventing.
If you are like me and like to take the natural approach to medication, or if your baby is sensitive to medications here are some great natural options.
- Aloe Vera
- If you haven’t learned already, Aloe Vera is amazing stuff. This naturally occurring gel has so many great uses, including for diaper rashes. The soothing effects of this super anti-inflammatory substance will help cool down the burning sensation, as well as add antioxidants and vitamins to help heal faster.
- Coconut Oil
- Another one of these amazing, natural remedies for anything. I honestly use coconut oil for everything. This antibacterial and anti-fungal paste is so versitle, and it absorbs into the skin so quickly. Giving baby a nice protective water barrier.
- Breast Milk
- Yep, you read that right. Breast milk is the perfect diaper rash cream for your little one. Breast milk is full of antibodies, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Making it a great alternative treatment for babies that suffer from diaper rash.
For more natural remedies check out these home remedies for a diaper rash.
6. Avoid Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are an essential part of any changing routine. However, they can also cause your baby to continue to suffer. The detergents will cause cracked and bleeding skin to burn. Put away the baby wipes until after the diaper rash is healed. Instead, use a warm washcloth and a mild fragrance-free soap like Castile.
Shocking enough, acidic foods can be a major cause of diaper rash. Acidic foods change the PH levels of the baby’s urine, making it more likely to burn. So, while you’re treating, removing any foods that have a higher acidic level. This includes things like citrus fruits or tomatoes.
After the diaper rash has healed. Try adding the acidic foods back into your baby’s diet. Keeping an eye for any flare-ups.
8. Bath Time
A warm bath is a great way to give both you and your baby some much-needed relief. Adding to the water a bit of colloidal oatmeal, or baking soda. Both of these ingredients are known to reduce pain and itchiness, as well a reduce inflammatory. So you and baby can rest a bit easier. Just remember to pat the tush dry, afterward.
Here is a great link that shows you just how to make an oatmeal bath for your baby.
After a few days, if the cracking and bleeding doesn’t get any better, it’s time to seek some professional help. As the diaper rash may have become infected. Here are a few signs of an infected diaper rash.
- Extreme swelling
- Pus or any kind of discharge
- Rash that will not go away
Rest assure that soon your baby will be back to their happy self.