Diaper Rash

Illness: Diaper Rash

System: Integumentary

Diaper rash occurs when your baby’s sensitive skin becomes inflamed from a reaction to external irritants. It is not usually dangerous, but problems can occur if it becomes infected. Diaper rash can be very painful for your baby, however, so it is best to address the condition as soon as possible.

Diaper Rash: Symptoms
  • Irritated, inflamed skin in diaper area
  • Red, bumpy rash
  • Oozing and/or bleeding skin (in severe cases)
Diaper Rash: Causes
  • Friction from diapers
  • Diapers not changed quickly enough after soiling
  • Bacteria
  • Yeast
  • Diarrhea
  • Ingredients in wipes
  • Vigorous cleaning
  • Sensitivity to disposable diapers
  • Sensitivity to detergent used with cloth diapers
  • Food allergies
Diaper Rash: Prevention
  • Change diapers frequently (at least every two hours) or immediately upon becoming soiled.
  • Be sure the diaper area is well-cleaned and dry before putting on a new diaper.
  • Use unscented soaps, lotions, and wipes on your baby.
Diaper Rash: Suggestions for Care

If your baby develops diaper rash, be extra careful with her skin. Instead of wiping her bottom, squirt water on it with a bulb syringe and then blot to clean. If you do use wipes, use unscented wipes with calendula. Change her diaper often, let her body air-dry, and make the diaper loose to promote airflow. Once your baby has a rash, apply zinc oxide or calendula diaper cream at each diaper change. If possible, allow your baby to go diaperless for a while each day and get sunlight on her bottom to promote healing.

Food and Remedies for Nursing Mother or Baby Older than Six Months

Pay attention to foods that affect diaper rash.

Topical Treatments
Food to Emphasize

Whole grains, cooked vegetables, fermented foods, and probiotic booster. Drink water, chamomile herbal tea, or miso soup to reduce acidity in your baby’s urine.

Foods to Avoid

Sugar, fruit and fruit juices, sweets, citrus, strawberries, tomatoes, dairy, excessive amounts of yeast breads, sugar, and caffeine (through the nursing mother).

Essential Oils for Baby

Lavender, chamomile, rose

Acupoints for Baby
  • Lung 5
  • Large Intestine 11
  • Stomach 25
  • Spleen 6, 9
  • Kidney 3
  • Liver 3, 8
  • Conception Vessel 12
  • Bladder 56
Reiki for Baby

For two or more minutes, place your hands on the following parts of your child’s body: hara (belly) and other affected areas.

Diaper Rash: Concerns

Speak with your health care provider if your baby has diaper rash that is inflamed and irritated with signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge), or if she shows no improvement after one week.

Note: The suggestions and ideas in this article are not intended to take the place of professional guidance or treatment; they are meant to complement the advice of your child’s health care provider, caretakers, and educators, while offering consolidated information to help you develop your intuition and make choices that fit with your own personal, religious, or spiritual philosophies. There is no guarantee as to the effects of the use of the recommendations and no liabilities can be taken.

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