Nothing should be softer than your baby's skin. That's why it can be a surprise to find rashes, bumps, and flakes irritating your beautiful baby's body. Thankfully, there are lots of ways we can help make sure your baby's skin is less irritated.
Dealing with diaper rash is an inevitable part of baby care. Not to worry, these pesky bum bothers usually are not serious and often disappear within a few days.
Diaper Rash Causes
There are plenty of reasons babies get diaper rashes. From excess moisture to allergic reactions to teething, the culprits are numerous. The first thing to do is always make sure your baby is cleaned often and is always wearing a nice, fresh diaper after any impressive bowel movements.
Ensure you're using a gentle wipe. We love AMP hemp wipes and Cheek's Ahoy cotton flannel wipes to get into all the folds and nooks and crannies your little one has. It's also important to make sure everywhere is properly dried before applying any kind of balm.
New foods can exacerbate the problem. Sometimes a baby might not react to what they're eating right away, but a new addition to the diet can be testing the limits of your little one's digestive tract. Keep a note of any dietary changes and see if they correlate with any unpleasant rashes popping up.
Could diapers be causing diaper rash? Disposable diapers are a leading cause of skin irritations, and while a particular brand might be the offender, all disposable diapers contain potential irritants. Switching to cloth diapering (even just part-time!) can help alleviate some of the diaper discomfort your little one might be going through. We are always happy to help you learn more about cloth diapering!
Figuring out the cause of diaper rash takes time, but if the problems are chronic yeast could be the culprit. This might mean a visit to the paediatrician and you may choose to use a prescription cream. If you do need to use a medicated cream you'll need to protect your cloth diapers from the petroleum-based oils prescription creams are based in.
Prescription creams use petroleum oils that can clog fabric from absorbing liquid. We recommend using an compostable disposable liner like these from AMP or this one from Mother Ease to help protect the diaper fabrics.
It's also helpful to give your baby's bottom some breathing time, sans diaper. Airing out your baby's bum is a great way to let things dry and help any kind of diaper rash heal. Prefolds are great to lay on the floor to catch any accidents while baby has tummy time!
To accelerate healing and prevent future diaper rashes, we recommend using a safe, natural, and organic diaper cream after every change until the rash clears.
Soothing Diaper Rash
Earth Mama's Organic Diaper Balm is clinically tested, safe for cloth diapers, and is made with olive oil, naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal herbs, shea butter, and pure essential oils. Plus it also soothes all kinds of other skin irritations like bug bites, scrapes, rashes, thrush, and burns.
Anointment's Baby Balm Diapering Salve is a zinc-free blend of natural organic oils and herbs that is handmade in Sackville, NS. Using calendula blossoms and organic lavender, Anointment is based on traditional herbal knowledge used for generations and provides a natural moisture barrier. It's also great for use as a moisturizer for dry skin or chapped
Eco Chic Movement Diaper Cream is 100% oil, butter, and wax-based. This naturopath formulated cream is made in Ottawa, ON. It has lots of skin-soothing ingredients like Oat Extract, Calendula, and Neem. This diaper cream is great for use with cloth diapers and wipes off easily. It can also be used by the whole family for any chaffing, chapping, or cracking on your skin.
Thinkbaby Diaper Rash Ointment contains zinc, making it great for stubborn or more severe diaper rash treatment. It's also got Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to soothe baby's skin. Thinkbaby is safe for use with cloth diapers because there is no petroleum oils in it. Since it contains zinc, there may be a white mark stain, but it will wash out over time (or you could use a Buncha Farmers Stain Remover).