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Friday, February 19, 2010

Sweet Cheeks

Well its been a crazy twenty-four hours around my house. Not sure if there is a bug going around or if K has eaten something that didn't sit well. He's had fifteen awful bowl movements in two days & the doctors are not sure what is going on. They sent us home to wait it out hoping whatever it is will run its course. Tonight his guts seem to be hurting him less and the number twos are slowing down (fingers crossed forever & not just this very moment!).  But having a constant bought of NASTY coming out of the bottom end has left him with a serious case of nappy rash. 

No parent likes to see their child in pain & I'm sure we can all relate to trying everything we can to make the hurt go away as quick as possible. K doesn't get nappy rash often but does tend to get it while teething, when introduced to new foods or when it is really hot & humid in the summer. I try to use natural remedies whenever I can & thought I would compile a list of the ones that work for us. 

What to do if your baby/ toddler has nappy rash:

Air the area out as much as possible:
-Give him as much nappy free time as possible.
-While sleeping place a diaper under your child so it hopefully
 catches everything. Key word here is "hopefully"!  Don't forget 
to put a waterproof mattress protector (or garbage bags) 
& a towel down first.

Change the nappy often: 
-If you have to put a nappy on make sure to use good ones 
& change it as soon as you know it is wet.
-If you use cloth nappies consider using disposible ones until the 
rash clears up. Kudos to those of you who can deal with 
poopy cloth diapers! Sadly, I'm not that good!

Don’t use wipes:
-Instead use a warm wet cloth and dab the area. 
-If using soap make sure it is mild (like Dove or Ivory). 
-Gently pat dry & make sure the area is completely dry 
before putting a diaper back on. 
-Do NOT reuse the cloth.

Use a barrier cream:
-In Australia Bepanthen is the best but Curash is good too. 
They help cure nappy rash & also help prevent getting
 a rash in the first place because they contain zinc.
 -Using a barrier cream can be really painful when they already have 
nappy rash but using lots of Paw Paw cream instead works well.

Bathe in bi-carb soda (baking soda):
-Let him soak in a bath more frequently than usual
-Put as much bi-carb in the tub as he/she  can handle.
It usually clears up quite quickly by doing this 
& it seems to give relief.

Put tea on it: 
-An older nurse originally told me this one 
& I use it for nearly everything now!
-Make a cup of tea & then dip a clean washcloth in it. 
-Ring it out on the affected area.
-Tea is also good for sunburn, eye infections 
& blocked tear ducts

Put breast milk on it:
-I'm not sure why this works but it does!
I wish I was still breastfeeding!

Try yoghurt:
-Eating it is good for his "plumbing" & it is very 
soothing when applied directly.
-Just make sure its the plain kind (no strawberry or anything like that!)

Hydrate & Change their diet:
-Give them lots of water to drink & bland foods. 
-Make sure to stay away from anything spicy, acidic or sugary.
They will make the rash worse & also make bowl 
movements more painful.

I've seen lots of other natural remedies floating around the internet. I'm interested to know which ones you've tried & have worked for you. Please feel free to leave a comment & share your mummy (or daddy) wisdom with me & my readers!



  1. wonderful tips thanks for sharing. In Malta we use the same or sudo cream...thanks for passing by

  2. Good tips there. It's so awful when they get that nasty rash especially as it's often coupled with some other issue like teething or tummy troubles.

    I've not heard of tea or baking soda as remedies, so that's interesting. Funny how breastmilk is almost like a miracle cure for so much!

  3. Stopping by from SITS to say Hi!
    I am adding you so I can come back & read more!
    Please stop by!

  4. Poor little guy, I hope he is feeling better soon!
    Thanks for the good tips, I've never heard of using tea!

    Happy SITS Saturday!

  5. Poor sweetheart! These are great tips. We are out of the tiaper phase, but you never know...

    Stopping by to follow you... hope you will drop by for a visit! ~Lanie J.

  6. Thanks for visiting. Gosh, nappy rash is bad. We have a great remedy here - try to get South African Rooibos tea. Make a strong brew and use that on a cloth to wipe bums dry. Leave open to dry. Rooibos is anti septic and hypo allergic and heals skin. Pure lanolin also helps a lot.

  7. Fabulous info! I love that you call it 'nappy rash'. :) Thanks so much for linking up at Oopsey Daisy's Baby Week! Have a fabulous weekend, Jenn!


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