Natural Remedies for Baby Skin Ailments
You can depend on babies to have soft delicate skin, toothless grins and that sweet baby smell. Another thing you can depend on is your baby developing a diaper rash or other skin ailment within their first year of life. According to Dr. Bernard Cohen, Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the most common reason is because it takes one year for the epidermis layer (protective layer) of skin to develop and function effectively after birth. So how can you help soothe your baby’s skin naturally when they start to develop a rash? Keep reading to learn about the different kinds of skin ailments and how to soothe them naturally.
Diaper rash occurs from one simple reason. The diaper area is warm and moist. The acidic environment from urine, feces or cleansing agents found in many commercial baby products can irritate skin. Plus, added friction from sensitive skin rubbing on a diaper can all work in unison to create diaper rash.
To reduce diaper rash, we suggest that you change your baby’s diaper frequently. Rinsing your baby’s bottom with warm water and patting or air drying before re-diapering. Avoiding tight diapers can also help keep friction to a minimum and allow air to circulate in the diaper (unless you are using cloth which breathes). Lastly, consider a natural based ointment or oil to protect your baby’s skin, heal chaffing and reduce friction. We love using our Sun Essence Baby Oil. The combination of natural botanical oils help to restore natural pH balance of the skin and protect against friction. You can also use our Zen Baby Powder to help absorb excess moisture.
Prickly heat is a heat rash found mainly on the face, neck, back or bottom. It has the appearance of tiny red bumps caused by a baby’s skin not being able to regulate heat well. Over dressing during winter, hot humid climates, even warm temperatures during car rides can all cause a prickly heat rash.
To help reduce the appearance of rash and discomfort remove your baby from the heat. Dressing in cool or loosely fitting clothes can also help. To help speed up the process, spritzing your baby’s skin with Morrocco Method Diamond Crystal Mist can help soothe skin.
Cradle Cap, or seborrhea, commonly manifests as flaky, crusting, or scaling skin on a baby’s scalp. While harmless, it is generally caused due to hyperactivity of sebaceous glands as a result of the influx of hormones right before birth. For more information you can check out our full length article on How to Treat Cradle Cap Naturally here.
Most sources recommend a natural oil treatment or gentle shampooing to reduce symptoms. Our favorite products to balance a baby’s scalp are our Morrocco Method Sea Essence Baby Shampoo or Heavenly Essence Baby Shampoo.
Approximately 20 percent of all babies will develop this itchy rash. It can appear as dry, itchy patches on the skin and in severe forms lead to a red, oozing crust. Eczema has many triggers including temperature, humidity, soaps, clothing or a genetic predisposition to allergies.
To reduce the odds of an outbreak wash skin with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Also make sure to moisturize the skin often. We love our Heavenly Essence Baby Shampoo used as a body wash to gently cleanse skin followed by our Euro Oil to normalize dry or inflamed skin. The natural botanical ingredients help reduce inflammation and itching, while luxurious oils keep baby’s skin protected.
Sometimes babies develop a rash from the things they come into contact with. Commercial bath products, new laundry detergents, grass and even new textures of fabric can all cause Contact Dermatitis. Often it presents as itchy red bumps at the contact site.
The general rule of thumb with Contact Dermatitis is if it is dry, moisturize it and remove the trigger. Ensuring the use of a natural, fragrance free moisturizer can aid in swiftly reducing the rash.
Seeing your baby’s beautiful skin covered in red bumps can be scary to any parent. But with a little help in knowing where to find natural moisturizing and pH balancing products, your baby will soon be back to all smiles.
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Always check with your pediatrician or health care provider regarding the care of your baby. This article is meant to be for informational purposes only.