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Dave Foreman

Infant Corner: Diaper Rash

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
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- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
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- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
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- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
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- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

I bet you never thought you would see this topic in one of my newsletters! I started my infant corner about a year ago and was surprised I hadn't discussed it yet. Most of us know what diaper rash is, but for new moms and dads, here you go: Diaper rash is a skin problem experienced by most infants, that can be caused by the skin staying wet, rubbing from the diaper, contact with chemicals in the urine and stool-or a combination of the above. The skin may look red, raw, scalded or burned. Although diaper rash is uncomfortable, generally it is not a serious problem. This is probably the most common "ailment" that infants get. Diaper rash occurs most often in babies between the ages of 9 months and 12 months. It often occurs in babies who sleep for many hours in a wet diaper. (Diaper rash can also affect adults who wear incontinence briefs, but for now, we will focus on diaper rash in children.)

The most common causes of diaper rash include:

• Not changing a wet or dirty diaper often enough. The skin becomes irritated from contact with urine and stool, particularly when diarrhea is present.

• Babies starting to eat solid foods. This may change their stools and make diaper rash worse.

• Rubbing of the skin by a diaper. The irritated area may include the thighs, genitals, buttocks, or belly area.

• A skin reaction to perfumes in disposable diapers, to chemicals in skin-cleaning "diaper wipes," or to the detergents or fabric softeners used to clean cloth diapers.

What can I do to treat or prevent diaper rash?

• Give your baby a bath, either in plain warm water, or in water with some oatmeal added to it. Once your baby is out of the bath, gently pat dry their bottom or let air dry (I know this is like playing Russian roulette, but it is best for the baby)

• Let your baby have some diaper-free air time (again another game of Russian roulette). Air is your baby's bottom's best friend when it comes to diaper rash. The more play time with air, the better.

• Avoid using commercial baby wipes as most of them contain harsh alcohol, which can irritate baby's skin even more. Make sure you dry the area thoroughly after cleaning, and then try to give some air time again.

Tried & tested natural remedies for diaper rash: Oliver oil & water:

Natural and healthy, olive oil has been used for centuries for all different kinds of ailments. Try whisking a tablespoon of olive oil with five drops of water until it forms a creamy smooth texture, then apply to baby's clean, dry bottom.

Cod liver oil capsules:

Another great natural remedy is to use cod liver oil capsules. Open the capsules and pour the oil over the affected area. (This is one of my personal favorites - talk about healing quickly!!)

Essential oils:

Essential Oils are wonderful products that can be used to naturally treat a number of problems. Tea tree is one of the best out there. This multi-use oil is effective against yeast, is antibacterial & anti-inflammatory and healing to wounds (vulnerary). Keep this away from your baby's eyes, mouth and mucous membrane (private areas).

Other helpful oils include:

• Calendula: Antiseptic & Soothing

• Chamomile: Soothing & Gentle

• Lavender: Anti-Inflammatory & Gentle

When using Essential Oils in their concentrated form, you'll need to add them to a base oil first (olive, jojoba or sweet almond work well). The oils in their natural concentrated form will be too strong for baby's delicate skin.

Probiotics:

One of my favorite solutions other than those listed above is to give your infant a probiotic daily. This is especially helpful in times of weak immune function and or chronic diaper rash issues. One dose per day will help heal irritated areas and help to prevent issues in the future. Here are some good infant probiotics that you could try:

• Natren Life Start

• Jarrow Baby Jarro-dophilus

• UAS Labs DDS Junior

• Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri powder

Diaper rash formulas:

There are some great topical diaper rash formulas available at your local Vitamin Shoppe. Here are just a few to look for:

• Jason Naturals Earth's Best Diaper Relief

• Nature's Baby Organics Organic Diaper Ointment Fragrance Free

• Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment

• Avalon Natural Products Soothing Zinc Diaper Balm

 
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