It’s pretty common for most parents to expect their babies to get a diaper rash at some point while they are in diapers. As it can happen at any time it’s best to know what to do before they get the diaper rash. You’ll also want to know what to do when they inevitably get one no matter how hard you try to prevent them. And that’s where coconut oil comes in.
What is diaper rash?
First, let’s talk about what diaper rash is and how to prevent it. When an infant or toddler is wearing a moist or soiled diaper they will probably get a diaper rash at least once. It’s commonplace for children to wear a wet or soiled diaper for hours, as sometimes parents just don’t notice. If a child is playing happily and not fussing, why would a parent suspect they needed a diaper change?
“Start with ultra-sensitive skin, add the chemicals and moisture of urine and stools, cover the area with a diaper that rubs back and forth, and you have diaper rash,” says Dr. Sears, a father of eight children and author of over 30 books on childcare.
By changing diapers when you notice they have been soiled and often, at least every 2 hours, you should eliminate the majority of times where diaper rash might occur. Whether a moist or soiled diaper, your child’s skin is very delicate and will be aggravated. Diarrhea will further aggravate their skin and you’ll need to be more proactive. This is why it’s best to change diapers more frequently.
Benefits of coconut oil for diaper rashes
Extracted from the mature meat of the coconut, coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to help prevent and cure diaper rashes. Naturally antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial, it will eradicate bacteria, virus, and fungi like yeast.
When a diaper rash is specifically caused by Candida yeast, studies have shown that coconut oil causes the Candida yeast cell’s nucleus to explode. Now that’s a natural and effective way to get rid of a yeast diaper rash.
How to use coconut oil to fight diaper rash
Coconut oil is a natural, and effective, way to help prevent future diaper rashes. You’ll want to get yourself a jar of cold-pressed or virgin coconut oil, preferably organic. Coconut oil is extremely versatile and can be used for cooking, moisturizer, or even soap. If you’re using cloth diapers it will wash right out, unlike typical diaper creams containing zinc that cause them to repel instead of absorb.
However, no matter how often you change your child’s diaper, or how diligent you are, there might be a time when they develop a diaper rash. And you’ll be wondering how to help ease your child’s suffering, especially in young infants. First you’ll want to wash your child’s bottom with water. Gently pat dry and let them “air out” for as long as you can. This is one of the best things you can do to help. And then when you are ready to put the diaper on, use a diaper cream or coconut oil.
Diaper rash has become common for most young children still in diapers and can become painful for the child. This is why many parents are looking for the best solution to help ease their suffering. And coconut oil turns out to be the best natural choice for preventing and fighting diaper rash. It’s also probably the most stable oil you can buy, so it won’t turn rancid on you easily. And one of the best side effects of using coconut oil for a diaper rash is the smell.
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