Diaper rash happens when the skin in the area becomes red and sensitive due to prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, yeast infections, digestive problems or sometimes even food allergies. Any of these factors can cause the skin to become inflamed with some blistering in the area.
Diaper rash is most often mild and can be corrected by making sure that the skin is left bare long enough for it to eliminate moisture on its own and recover from the rash. Or there are also a number of home remedies that can be tried to get over a diaper rash. Here are ten natural ways to speed up the healing process.
Petroleum jelly forms a natural barrier on skin preventing it from becoming overly moisturized leading to a diaper rash. The jelly forms a protective layer on the skin’s surface coating the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and feces.
At diaper change time, wash the area with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Apply an even layer of petroleum jelly to the skin before putting on the new diaper.
The oily texture of the jelly not only prevents moisture from collecting on the skin but also prevents feces from drying out on the skin. This makes cleaning at diaper time easy without having to scrub the delicate skin too hard. Keeping skin smothered with petroleum jelly will also prevent diaper rash from occurring in the first place.