Posts Tagged ‘carrier oil’

Tips for Treating Diaper Rash

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

When you go to change your baby’s diaper and find¬†their bum¬†covered with a¬†diaper rash it can be an upsetting discovery. Often the skin looks so irritated and uncomfortable that you are eager to try anything that might provide soothing comfort to baby’s sensitive¬†skin.¬†Sometimes a quick slab of a quality diaper rash¬†cream is all it takes to clear it up.¬†However sometimes diaper rashes can be stubborn and difficult to eliminate.¬†Those persistent and/or frequent diaper rashes¬†often require a little extra care¬†beyond diaper rash cream. Here are a few suggestions to try:

Nakie¬†Time¬†¬†- Let’s face it, what baby/toddler doesn’t want to be naked?!? Let them go diaper free to get fresh air and keep the irritated skin nice and dry. You’ll probably want to do nakie time when baby is unlikely to poop. So if you know¬†baby’s¬†pooping patterns plan accordingly for nakie time. Or watch them carefully for signs of needing to poop and rush them to the bathroom as needed (you can even do this with wee ones).¬† Pee is a bit trickier to time (or observe cues) so you might consider having baby on a towel or other easy to clean surface during nakie time.

BreasmilkBreastmilk really is the magical cure-all! Simply express some breastmilk and cover the affected area with it. Allow bum to air dry.

Strip Your Cloth Diapers – There might be some build up , residue, or bacteria on your cloth diapers that baby’s skin is reacting to. Doing a heavy-duty stripping can help eliminate any irritants contained in your diapers. You might consider adding a few drops of tea tree oil or grapefruit oil to your wash as both have anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties.

Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree Oil is a definite must-have item in your medicine cabinet because of its diverse and plentiful uses including treatment of diaper rash. All you need to do is mix a few drops in a palm sized amount of a carrier oil (such as olive oil) and apply to baby’s skin.

Change Baby More Frequently – Some babies have extra sensitive skin and need to be changed more frequently than normal.

Examine Diet – Sometimes diaper rash can be an expression of something internally disagreeing with baby (as opposed to an external topical irritant) so examining babies diet might help identify the source of the irritant. For example when oranges were in season and soooo delicious we over-indulged in their sweet juiciness and baby got a fierce diaper rash. Ouch! Sometimes new foods can irritate baby’s bum too so be aware as you introduce new foods into your baby’s diet.

Change Laundry Detergent – There are many great options to choose from when it comes to cloth diaper friendly laundry detergents. Experiment a bit to see what works best for your baby’s skin.

Revamp your Stash – This is a last-resort ‘I have tried everything and my baby’s butt is still¬†constantly bright red’ option. Sometimes certain fibers simply don’t agree with your baby’s skin. I have a¬†friend who battled intense and persistent diaper rashes with her son until she finally decided to sell her existing stash and invest in some new fluff. Viola, no more diaper rash!

What’s your secret weapon against stubborn diaper rash? Would love to hear some more useful tips! :)

-Sarah

Cranky Mommy Remedies

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

A while back when I shared 25¬†tips to soothe a fussy baby, one reader replied by asking “what about tips for a fussy mommy?”. While she was only (kind of) kidding, I think she was on to something; moms need some strategies for nurturing themselves too! So alas¬†I offer you a few ideas of items to have on hand for when you are feeling grouchy yourself.¬†These are all-natural, tried and true crabby mommy remedies. I know because I am a cranky mom who has benefited from the following:

Essential Oils -¬†Aromatherapy¬†can¬†be very powerful in changing your mood!¬†There are a variety of scents available to provide calming and relaxation such as lavender or sandalwood. You can use them in a number of ways from adding a few drops to a warm bath, spritzing them into the air, or using them for a massage (be sure to dilute them in a carrier oil). A little goes a very long way so one bottle of your favorite essential oil will likely last you a long time.¬†If you don’t own any essential oils, please treat yourself to some! They are super multi-functional and highly¬†effective…I suspect that¬†you will love, LOVE¬†using essential oils!

Tea- A¬†hot cup of herbal tea can be instantly healing and soothing to one’s soul. Some teas such as chamomile¬†are specifically intending for inducing calm and relaxation. The nice thing about tea is that is takes only a few minutes to make for yourself, but the effects of it can last a whole afternoon.¬†When I start to feel edgy, a cup of tea can turn things around for me rather quickly. Try drinking a cup of herbal tea at the onset of a bad mood and see what it does for you. As the weather is starting to warm up, you may be less interested in hot drinks, which is another added bonus to tea…it’s delicious hot or cold.

Rescue Remedy – The first time I heard about Rescue RemedyI was¬†very pregnant with my second son and feeling¬†highly emotional like woman often do near the end of their pregnancy. The first time I tried using Rescue Remedy, I didn’t realize it was in a glass bottle and I broke it while trying to open the package. I looked at the brand new $20 broken bottle on the floor and my pregnancy hormones got the best of me…I started bawling. My oldest son (who was almost two at the time) sat down next to me and started crying too. So we sat there together crying for a bit until I finally decided I should probably clean the glass up. While my first attempt at using Rescue Remedy was not successful, it has since become a staple in our home. I use it during times of high anxiety, stress, or emotion for myself and/or the kids. What is it exactly? It is a flower essence blend of five individual flower remedies that help you cope during time of emotional imbalance. It comes in a liquid, cream, or edible form. I have a travel size bottle that I tuck into the front pocket of my diaper bag so it’s always readily available when needed.

What is in your mama care kit? Any special products, tools, or tips that you would recommend for dealing with a case of the crankies?

-Sarah