44. Stubborn diaper rash got you down? Here are 6 things you can try to heal your baby‘s bum - New mom tips, postpartum, fourth trimester, baby care, infant care
Struggling to get your baby’s diaper rash under control? This episode is for you.
Listen in to learn 6 simple treatments to heal your baby’s diaper rash ASAP.
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Hey there friends. Welcome to the better postpartum podcast. I’m your host Angel Swan, crunchy mom, coffee addict and postpartum doula turned new mom, coach. This podcast is your audio guide to not just surviving but thriving during those early and newborn days. If you want to care for yourself, your household and your baby with confidence, grab your earbuds because this is the only podcast that you need. So what do you say? Should we get started with today’s episode? Let’s do this. Hey, hey, friends, thank you so much for tuning in today. Before we get started, I just wanted to read this lovely review submitted by Kristy Lee 441. She says, this podcast helps me realize things that I’m feeling and going through are normal and that I’m not alone. Great information and tips to help you through one of the best and toughest seasons of your life. Thank you for all the help and support. Thank you so much for that review. If you have been loving this podcast and learning from it, please head over to Apple podcasts to subscribe, leave me a five star rating. And if you feel so inclined, just leave me a little review a little love. No, thank you if you will, because those little love notes that you leave me really make my day and it helps other moms find this podcast so that they can learn from it too. So thank you again to Christy Lee. Now let’s get into today’s episode, which is six things that you can try to heal your baby’s diaper rash. If you’re struggling with a stubborn diaper rash, that just won’t go away, we got to talk about some treatments for diaper rash that actually work. The first and most commonly recommended treatment is to just keep the area clean and dry. Now this means more frequent diaper changes, like all day, you’re going to be changing diapers and be on top of that. Because with a diaper rash, you want to make sure that you’re changing your baby immediately after they have soiled their diaper. We do not want to leave anything sitting on their skin for a long time since that will make the rash worse. And when you’re changing the diaper, you want to go ahead and apply a protective barrier which should have the active ingredients of zinc oxide or petroleum jelly. Now my personal favorite is the Burt’s Bees diaper rash ointment because it has never ever failed me yet. And it’s safe to use on cloth diapers. So yeah, just a pro tip. If you do use cloth diapers do not use anything that is petroleum jelly based, it will mess up your diapers and they will start leaking like crazy. But if you do the Burt’s Bees, you’ll be good to go. Anyway, you apply your protective barrier. Once you’ve gotten your baby’s butt nice and clean and dry, they have to be completely dry before you apply any cream or ointment. Otherwise, you’re going to be locking in moisture, that’s just going to make the rash worse. So it’s important to note that when you’re changing the diaper that you don’t try to like scrub away any cream or ointment that’s left on there completely. Because that’ll just serve to irritate the rash. So it is okay to leave a little bit of that cream or ointment on there. Just be sure that like any poop is totally gone. We don’t want to leave any harmful bacteria down there. So just make sure that they’re clean. But you don’t want to be scrubbing the rash because that’ll really, really irritate it. And just make things worse. So the next treatment is probably my favorite. It works the fastest. And that’s to just give their little butts some air. It’s, it’s the fastest way really to make the diaper rash go away. But I know it’s not always the easiest thing to do. At a minimum, you should let your baby go diaper free for 10 minutes three times a day until the diaper rash is resolved. But to be honest, you really will get the fastest results if you just let them go diaper free as long as you possibly can stand it. No to prevent pee and poop from getting all over your house. You can wrap their lower half in a towel, and that’ll help keep any mess contained. So you’re going to go through a lot of towels. So if you’re using the Talmud that just be prepared, you’re going to do a little bit of extra laundry to keep up with the messes that come with it. But in my opinion, that’s well worth it to spare you some, you know some pain from the diaper rash. If you want to give them some air but like you cannot let them be naked all day. You can try putting them in a diaper that’s one size up from what they currently wear. So if you’re using disposables, obviously that’s pretty easy. Just go the next size up. If you’re doing cloth diapers do the next size up for your snaps. You might get a little bit of leakage. That’s to be expected but it is a little bit easier to manage them. The towel method.
Now when it comes to training diaper rash with creams and ointments, a lot of people will recommend stuff like AMD, Bordeaux’s, but pays to triple paste or Dustin. But I really do have the most success with Burt’s Bees. I am NOT an affiliate, I’m not a sponsor, I am seriously just in love with that product. If you are using disposable diapers, you can try using the AMD or even Aqua for but again, Burt’s Bees is like a one size fits all it’s great for sensitive skin. It has the active ingredient that you need, which is that zinc oxide and it’s a great protective barrier. It’s my favorite over all the other creams and ointments out there. And when you’re applying your cream or your ointment, make sure again that the area is totally dry before you apply anything. And you only want to apply a thin layer of the product. That’s something that I see is a common mistake when people are treating Diaper rash is they are like, Oh, we got to put all the cream on that but we need a thick layer of paste. And that’s not the case that actually makes it worse or makes it take longer to heal. We want to make sure that we’re not smothering the area. But we want to do that thin layer because that allows air to kind of hit the affected area and keep it more dry. Now if your baby has a yeast diaper rash, then you might consider low cheraman. Yeast rashes are the gnarliest of diaper rashes truly, they’re usually worse like in the folds and the creases of the groin, in the inflamed patches will have like pimple like bumps. And it can even expand beyond the diaper area. So things like up onto their little tummy or on their legs, it sucks. And it can also cause open sores that will bleed and ooze it is the gnarliest it’s awful. So for cases like this, I really would recommend the Low German. Keep that area clean and dry as possible. Super, super dry. Some people will do like cornstarch to help with yeast. But Lotrimin is like it really is your best bet. Truly, if you have cloth diapers and your baby has a yeast rash, you might want to consider getting a little pack of disposable diapers so that you can use the low Turman because that’s another thing that will really mess up your, your cloth diapers, they’ll start to repel, and they won’t absorb liquids. Because just the type of life formula that the low trim it is. So if you’re using cloth and you have yeast switch to disposable just for the time being and then you can go back once you’re done using that low trim and cream. In addition to the other treatments that I’ve mentioned, you really should be sure that you’re giving your baby a bath every single day until that rash clears up. Babies in general don’t need to be bathed daily. But when they have a rash, there’s usually some harmful bacteria down there and their diaper area that’s causing the rash to kind of fester and get worse. So when you give them a bath, that soapy water helps to fully cleanse the area and help it heal can be nice and soothing. Oh and I didn’t put this in my notes. But in addition to like just the regular soapy bath, you can put like a tablespoon of baking soda into the bathwater. And kind of mix it around in the baking soda helps to kind of dry that area out like once they come out of the bathtub and kind of I don’t know it just like cleanses it further and helps to heal the diaper rash a little bit faster. Okay, next up if you have some witch hazel laying around. Or maybe you have some leftover Tux pads from your own parts postpartum recovery kit, you can apply which Hazel or the tux pads to the diaper area, and that’s going to help soothe any pain that your baby’s experiencing. Another treatment option that I hear a lot is applying breast milk to the rash. I definitely think that breast milk is magical, and it can be used to heal a variety of ailments. But I want to caution you against using your breast milk
if you’re not sure what kind of rash your baby has. Because the thing is, if you’re not sure what kind of rash it is, you can really make it worse by applying breast milk to it. Specifically, if it’s a yeast rash, so with the yeast, it will without a doubt get worse. It will flare up after applying the breast milk and that the reason for that is yeast feeds on sugar and sugar is in your milk. So breast milk on a yeast rash is definitely a no go for me. I would not do it. You shouldn’t do it either, because it’s just gonna make things worse. But there have been some small studies that have shown that breast milk was effective at treating like your typical diaper rash. So as long as you’re sure that it’s not yeast, I say go for it because our mother’s milk is magical. So why not give it a shot right? I think out of all of the options that I’ve listed today, I typically lean towards going for a combination of these these things. So first and foremost is getting a lot of airtime and then having a thin layer of that protective barrier whenever a diaper is going to be worn. Obviously bathing every single day is something that should happen to if your baby is struggling with these with diaper rash. Try out these treatments and send me a DM on Instagram at Angel dot Swan and let me know how it goes. Alright friends, as always, don’t forget you can hang out with me on Instagram at Angel dot Swan grab my free postpartum planner on my website, Angel swan.com. And of course, don’t forget, don’t forget, go to Apple podcasts and rate review and subscribe. Thank you again for listening. I will talk to you soon. Bye bye. Thank you so much for listening to the better postpartum podcast. Here’s what I want you to do next. If you loved what you heard today, would you do me a giant favor and leave me a written five star review? Those little love notes that you leave are the perfect way to thank me for putting out these episodes just for you. Seriously, it would mean the world to me. Next, take a screenshot of the episode you’re listening to right now and share it on your Instagram stories and make sure you tag me at Angel dot swan. That’s SW o n so that more moms can find this podcast and hopefully get the advice and encouragement they need to truly thrive with their babies. And don’t forget to come back every single week for more nuggets of wisdom and truth bombs about the early motherhood journey. I’ll talk to you next time. Bye bye