Q. How do I address “diaper rash”?

A. It is possible that the baby’s skin is getting irritated from the types of diapers or baby wipes you are using.  Products can contain perfumes and chemicals that are harsh on the baby’s sensitive skin.  Try using unscented brand of diapers or using cloth diapers and switch from commercial baby wipes to cloth wipes using a mild natural soapy solution to clean the baby up.  Then use a mixture of 1 tbsp of baking soda to a cup of water and use cotton balls to apply the solution on the baby’s bum.  Also during this time allow the baby’s bottom to “air-out” as much as possible.  Yeast infections are also a common cause of diaper rash.  In this case using a probiotic would be helpful to treat the cause.  Did the rash come one after you introduced a new food item into their diet?  Infants and children can sometimes develop food sensitivities and allergies when new foods are introduced.  For symptom relief try a cream that uses natural soothing ingredients such as calendula and vitamin E.

Dr. Agnieszka Matusik, ND practices family medicine at Mountainview Wellness Centre in South Surrey/White Rock.  For more information call 604-538-8837 or e-mail her at drmatusik@gmail.comwww.mountainview-wellness.ca.

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