Diaper rash is a common problem for many new parents and their babies. This rash makes the skin of your baby irritated, tender, and red. But babies aren’t the only ones that can suffer from diaper rash. Adult diaper rash is on the rise too. In many cases, fungal and yeast infections develop on and under the skin. The good news is there are natural, gentle skin remedies that soothe sensitive skin and aid with diaper rash.
Causes of Diaper Rash and Skin Yeast Infections
Friction caused by rubbing or chafing of a diaper on skin irritates the skin. Additionally, the moisture and waste in stool and urine can irritate or make a problem worse. A heat rash, or prickly heat rash, can occur if the skin underneath the diaper gets too hot. Sensitive skin or atopic dermatitis (eczema) gets agitated much faster under these conditions.
Stool and urine also contain bacteria, yeast, and other toxins that cause skin irritation. If yeast is present, it can inflame the skin or even get underneath the surface and create a skin yeast infection. A fungal infection like this results in red, itchy, cracking skin that swells and becomes scaly. This condition is often caused by the Candida fungus, and it’s known as cutaneous candidiasis.
What To Avoid When Addressing Diaper Rash
There are a lot of diaper rash lotions and ointments out there. When deciding which one to use or if one is being recommended, avoid DMDM hydantoin (a formaldehyde linked to cancer), parabens, and triclosan (a chemical that disrupts hormones). You should also avoid any product with boric acid, phenol, camphor, or benzoin tincture unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician.
Home Remedies for Normal Diaper Rash
Many all-natural products help with diaper rash. Calendula is a plant that can be a good remedy for soothing the skin. Adding baking soda or oatmeal (or both) to a bath also helps reduce skin irritation and encourage healing. Parents also report fresh, raw aloe vera clears up a diaper rash quickly. If possible, preventing diaper rash is best. Change the diapers frequently to prevent stool or urine from prolonged contact with the skin. Using diapers free of chemicals like bleach can prevent skin irritation.
Ozonated Olive Oil Helps Fight Diaper Rash
Let us know what other remedies have worked for you and your loved ones. Leave a comment below.
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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