Monday, January 12, 2015

Diaper Rash Treatment

A great friend has a grandson who has been experiencing some diaper rash concerns.  He is often in cloth diapers and the zinc oxide found in most commercial diaper creams, while great for keeping the cream on the skin, makes it dang near impossible for getting off the diapers.  His mom is interested in natural products and so I started doing a lot of research into what might make the best DIY diaper cream.  

The above is my first attempt at creating a well working, natural ointment for the little guy.  This is a thin lotion.  Next time I think I will go a little thicker.  It contains bentonite clay (to whisk away wetness), arrowroot powder (also great at getting rid of that pesky wetness), coconut oil (which is great as an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties while also being a great moisturizer and helping heal the skin), shea butter (again to help heal and give the baby soft tushy!), beeswax (provides a thin layer of a moisture barrier on the skin), chamomile (cleaning, quickens healing, softens, moisturizes, and soothes irritated skin), Vitamin E, and lavender.  

This lotion should not become a permanent part of the cloth diaper, but the parents can use a diaper liner OR, this nifty baby powder I whipped up.  Now, while you should still be cautious and not dump the powder so that it gets into the baby's face, this powder contains only bentonite clay and arrowroot powder.  After applying the diaper lotion, add a small sprinkling of powder.  This will help keep the lotion from getting onto the diaper and will provide extra wetness protection for the little guy.  

I look forward to hearing how they like this one!

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