Natural Treatments for Diaper Rash
What is Diaper Rash?
During your baby's first couple of years, she will probably have diaper rash, complete with red, irritated skin where it is contact with diapers. Diaper rash is perfectly normal and does not mean you have done anything wrong-provided of course that you are changing your baby's wet and poopy diapers frequently.
While regular diaper rash or dermatitis may be normal, other types of diaper rash such as a yeast diaper rash require specific treatment. A yeast diaper rash can occur because of an imbalance in the intestinal flora leading to an overgrowth of the Candida sp. bacteria. Yeast diaper rashes often occur in conjunction with antibiotic use or a prolonged diaper rash.
Honey, Tea Tree Oil, and Diaper Rash?
Honey, a sweet food that is made by bees from the nectar of flowers, is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Studies have proven that it is effective at treating skin inflammations such as eczema, and preventing staph and yeast infections that cause severe diaper rash.
Likewise, 100% pure tea tree oil is a natural and proven anti-fungal treatment and antisceptic. It is also non-toxic.
What to Do
For a yeast diaper rash follow these instructions. For regular diaper rash, simply omit the tea tree oil.
Wash your baby's bottom with warm water-a quick dip in the sink works well. Place your baby on a towel with a waterproof pad to catch surprises and let the diaper area air dry.
In a small bowl, thoroughly mix a few drops of 100% tea tree oil with a tablespoon of honey. You can either use regular honey in the squeeze bottle that you buy from the grocery store, or any other honey (raw, etc.) that you feel comfortable using.
Apply a thin layer of the honey to your baby's skin where she has the diaper rash, then diaper as usual. Repeat until the diaper rash is gone, typically 2 to 3 days depending on the severity of the diaper rash.
Although tea tree oil can be applied full strength to ringworm and other fungal infections of the skin, it's best not to apply it full-strength, i.e. straight from the bottle, onto your child's delicate skin in the diaper area.
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