The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Diaper rash is a very common problem in infants- at least 50% of babies
will be affected with it. It is most common from 9-12 months of age. The
diaper area is involved with red inflamed skin and bumps. If left untreated,
the skin may break down and leave raw areas. The most common cause of diaper
rash is prolonged contact with irritating urine and feces, but it can also
result from food allergies and sensitivities, allergic reaction to laundry
products, soaps, skin care products and disposable diapers. Sometimes severe
diaper rash is caused by a yeast infection.
Most diaper rashes will respond quickly to simple measures. Diapers
should be changed frequently and the diaper area washed gently with plain
warm water and patted dry. As often as possible leave the diaper off to
expose the skin to the air, especially during hot weather. Even a couple
of hours a day without a diaper can make a big difference Avoid plastic
or rubber diaper pants which hold moisture in and prevent air circulation.
Wash cloth diapers with a gentle laundry soap and double rinse, avoid fabric
softeners. Avoid extra absorbent disposable diapers and ones with fragrances.
It may be helpful to switch to cotton diapers if the rash occurs with disposable
diaper use or vice versa. Avoid skin care products with chemical preservatives.
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause diaper rash. If you have
introduced new foods, discontinue them as well as common food allergens
like cowís milk, wheat and eggs. Increasing fluid intake, breast milk or
formula for young infants and water for older infants to help keep the
urine dilute to prevent irritation.
Herb of choice-
Calendula cream or ointment-
soothing and healing to irritated skin tissue. Apply to the diaper area
with each diaper change
Other herbs- chamomile or
chickweed cream or ointment.
* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate.
It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.