Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin (dermatitis) that appears on your baby’s bottom. It causes the skin to become sore, red, bright, and tender. It is due to a combination of factors (soiled diapers left on for too long, use of certain detergents, diet and so on), and is often associated with teething and diarrhea.
- Keep the baby’s bottom clean (warm water and mild soap) and dry (make sure the skin is completely dry before you put a new diaper on).
- Avoid wipes, or at least choose alcohol-free ones.
- Change diapers often and let the baby free of diaper a moment before putting a a new one on, so the skin can breathe.
Calendula Ointment made by Boiron: 1X HPUS 4% healing agent. This ointment is designed to promote healing by protecting and moisturizing the wound. It’s perfect for diaper rash because it creates a sealant barrier between skin and wetness, which is what you want. Its occlusive formula adheres to the skin longer to maintain contact between the wound and the healing agent. It also helps for a wide variety of skin conditions (such as minor burns and cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, sunburn, chapped lips, etc.). It is made from the Garden marigold. This plant is native to Southern Europe and cultivated widely throughout North America. Its bright yellow-orange blossoms have been applied on wounds for centuries. Its wound-healing properties are due to the presence of essential oils, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and promote skin regeneration. Calendula ointment is clear and has no medicinal smell. It’s free of artificial colors and perfumes. Oh, and it is paraben-free. As an ointment it is pretty thick especially when it gets cooler, so if you find it difficult to apply, put a little bit in the palm of your hand and rub it for a few seconds. It will make it more fluid.
You can also associate Calcarea carbonica 6C (that comes from the oyster shell): 5 pellets everyday for 2 to 3 days. You can put the pellets in a baby bottle and dilute them in water and have your baby sip from it.
Of course, if the rash does not improve within a few days or gets worse (it sometimes gets infected), you want to consult with your physician.