5 proven natural remedies for diaper rash in babies?

Everything that gives you comfort has its own demerits and one of these is diapers which come with diaper rash.  Diaper rash in babies is quite common among infants and toddlers and can cause great discomfort.

Diaper dermatitis is an inflammatory reaction of the skin around the diaper area. It is the most common skin disorder seen in young infants.  It results due to a combination of multiple factors such as increased moisture, prolonged contact with urine or feces, and other irritants like detergents. Major signs of diaper rash are as below.

Signs of diaper rash
  • Patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s buttock.
  • Peeling and scaly skin.
  • Soreness.
  • Blisters or open sores.
  • Pus- filled sores.
  • Fussiness and uncomfortable.
Causes of diaper rash in babies

Dirty diaper:  Dirty diaper is the main culprit of diaper rash in babies. The enzymes in poop can cause irritation in our baby’s sensitive skin and urine releases ammonia which makes these enzymes more active and causes skin damage. There are many nights when parents don’t realize that the baby is in need of diaper change and that prolonged exposure of urine and stool causes diaper rash in kids.

Irritation and friction: Sometimes tight fitting of diapers causes irritation and constant rubbing results in rashes. Friction between the diaper and skin breaks the protective barrier of the skin, even worse when the skin being wet under the diaper.

Yeast infection:  Warm and moist area is the perfect surrounding for bacteria and yeast to grow. A group of fungi called candida normally lives in the skin and can make the normal diaper rash even worse.

Irritants: Baby’s skin is super sensitive and isn’t used to scents, soaps and other products. Diapers and wipes you are using can be the reason for diaper rash in babies. Also the harsh detergent used to wash cloth diapers may cause rashes.

In case of any specific skin condition: Some infants are particularly prone to diaper rash and may get it very frequently, especially if they have an underlying skin condition, such as eczema. ( How to treat eczema?)

Introduction of new foods: Babies take time to adjust with any new food. When the baby starts eating solid foods the content of their stool changes. The frequency of the blow movement may increase, which can lead to diaper rash. Frequent cleaning of the baby’s bottom with water or wipes make it dry out and skin loses its natural moisture which results in diaper rash. (How to introduce solids?)

How to prevent diaper rash

Babies have very delicate skin and even after parent’s best efforts, diaper rash occurs. These basic tips can help hold off diaper rash.

Change the dirty diapers as soon as possible:

The first and the most important step to prevent diaper rash in babies is to change their dirty diapers. Keep checking the diaper often and if required change it immediately. This may reduce the chances of rash to a great extent.

Cleaning:

Properly cleaning the diaper area using warm water or baby wipes that are alcohol and fragrance free, is the second step to avoid diaper rash.  Don’t rub the area as scrubbing or rubbing can further irritate the skin by damaging it. After cleaning, pet the area dry and be sure that the diaper area is completely dry before putting on a fresh diaper.

Give your baby diaper free time:

between every diaper change give your baby some diaper free time. Exposing skin to air is the best natural way to let it heal.

Change the diaper brand or detergent:

If your baby develops a diaper rash frequently, it can be because of the diaper you are using, in that case change your diaper brand immediately. In the case of cloth diapers, harsh detergents used to clean the diapers could also result in diaper rash. Choose the diaper brand and the detergent to wash baby’s clothes carefully.

Take care of the size:

Always make sure that the diaper is not too tight, as it can irritate the sensitive skin of your baby.  Tight diapers can also cause chafing at the waist or thighs. Opt a larger size of diaper with the baby’s growing age.

Using ointment:

Applying ointment during every diaper change prevents your baby from irritation. There are many barrier creams and skin soothing ointments containing zinc oxide and petroleum jelly available in the market, which may help in preventing and healing diaper rash in babies.

When to see a doctor:

Although diaper rash is painful and irritates your baby, it usually clears up with simple prevention tips discussed above at home. However if your baby’s rashes don’t improve after a few days of home treatment you must consult your doctor. These are the cases when you should seek medical help.

  • Rash doesn’t get better even after 5 to 7 days of home treatment.
  • Causes burning sensation or pain with urination and bowel movement.
  • Swelling in the diaper area.
  • If rashes spread beyond the diaper area.
  • Skin around rash bleeds, itches or oozes
  • When you are not sure what is causing rashes
  • Pus or discharge from the rash
  • If your baby develops a fever
  • Rash is accompanied by a bacterial infection.
Home remedies for diaper rash in babies

Diaper rash is annoying and very painful for babies , so it is very important to take some immediate action at home to give them some relief. Here are some home remedies for diaper rash in babies, let’s know why it works and how you are going to apply.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil helps in protecting and retaining skin hydration with the help of fatty acids present in them. Baby’s skin is quite sensitive. Rashes caused by diapers can be treated with the help of coconut oil. Since coconut oil has soothing and hydrating properties, it reduces the inflammation thus giving relief from itching and irritation. (Home remedies to treat heat rash). Coconut oil also contains lauric acid and other essential fatty acids, it possesses antimicrobial, anti fungal and antiviral properties and thus helps in prevention of further infection. (what are some other benefits of coconut oil?)

Baking soda:

We all know the importance of baking soda for baking, but apart from this it works wonders on diaper rash in babies. It has anti-pruritus effects, which will eliminate the itching and restore the pH balance of the skin, which reduces the inflammation caused by the rash.  Baking soda is both antibacterial and antifungal, making it a great natural solution for any infection. Add Two tablespoons of baking soda in a warm bath, don’t rub the area, just let the baby soak for about 10 minutes, and wipe with a soft washcloth.

Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar can be used for many health issues as a home remedy. It cleanses the rash and disinfects it. It has anti- inflammatory properties which help in reducing the redness and pain of the rash. You can dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and wash your baby’s bottom with it each time you do a diaper change. ( Other benefits of apple cider vinegar)

Olive oil:

Olive oil contains Vitamin E and Vitamin K. It is also loaded with antioxidants which can help to prevent skin inflammation.  Olive oil acts as a great moisturizer and also improves skin dryness as it is loaded with healthy fats, oleic acids and squalene, it has a regenerative effect on skin tissues. Olive oil effectively treats diaper rash. Take two tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of water, mix well and give a gentle massage to the baby’s bum. ( Best oil for baby massage)

Homemade rash cream:

A wide variety of diaper rash creams are available in the market. But if you are sure not to use them, then you can make one for yourself at home by using simple ingredients.

How to make it: Take 1 cup coconut oil, 1 cup olive oil, 8 drops lavender essential oil, 6 drops lemon essential oil and 4 drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix them all together and store it in your refrigerator. Apply every time you change your baby’s diaper.

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Recommendation for First aid in case of cuts and wounds

Wounds and kids go hand in hand. As your little one is keen to explore the environment around them, they are bound to get some cuts, bruises and scars. These injuries might frighten some parents, but if you take proper first aid in case of cuts and wounds they are not likely to be dangerous.  No matter how much we try to watch over our children and ensure their safety, it is inevitable that the average toddler, preschooler, and school-aged kid will get a cut or scratch from time to time.

So if you are looking for first aid in case of kid’s small cuts and wounds, here are some tips to heal their delicate skin in no time

First aid tips in case of cuts and wounds
Put on the pressure:

Kids’skin is very soft with lots of little blood vessels on the surface, so don’t panic if the wound bleeds heavily. First wash your hands and cover the wound with gauze or a clean towel and press down for 5 to 10 minutes. Keep pressing for a few more minutes even if the bleeding stops. this is the basic step for first aid in case of cuts

Clean the wound:

Once the bleeding has been controlled, clean the wound with a lot of cold water to flush away any small debris and make sure that the dirt is removed. Also clean the surrounding area with mild or non-fragranced soap.

Applying ointment:

Apply an antibacterial ointment on the affected area and put on the bandage. Change the bandage daily or when required. Once the cut seems to be healing you can remove the bandage and leave the area open to heal.  Monitor the wound from time to time for any signs of infection such as redness and drainage.

Protect from sun:

Always make sure to protect your child’s skin from sun, as damaged skin are more likely to get infected and can become discolored due to sun exposure. (How to protect your skin from sun?)

When to call a doctor

Following are the cases when you should immediately call your doctor for help.

  • If the cut is on the face or near the eye
  • The bleeding is heavy and you wouldn’t be able to stop the bleeding even after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
  • If the cut is due to some object and is still in the skin.
  • The cut is larger than a half inch and deep.
  • If the wound is not healing properly and seems infected.
  • Tthe baby develops a high temperature.
  • If the last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago.
Home remedies for cuts and wounds

There are many ingredients in your kitchen that act as a healer because of their healing properties. These home remedies will help in cleaning the wound and protect it from further infection. Apart from first aid in case of cuts , these remedies work best on minor wounds, in case of major injuries, please reach to your medical provider.

Turmeric:

Turmeric is an extraordinary spice in terms of health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that fight inflammation. According to the study the curcumin in turmeric helps the wound healing by modulating collagen. Make a turmeric paste with a little bit of water and apply on the wound, this will help to stop the bleeding immediately.(How to use turmeric for immunity?)

Garlic:

Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help stop bleeding, lower the pain, and heal your wounds faster. Making a paste out of garlic and applying it on the open wounds can help treat external infections.

Aloe vera:

According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties. It is probably the most popular home remedy for cuts or bruises. Applying aloe vera gel on the open wound for a few days can heal it completely. apply aloe vera gel on the affected area and let it dry. Later, rinse with clean water.

Coconut oil:

A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis. As coconut oil contains lauric acid and other essential fatty acids too, it possesses antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This helps in prevention of infection. Coconut oil helps in wound healing by increasing the production of collagen. It is considered as an important wound healing protein.(More benefits of coconut oil)

Tea tree oil:

Tea tree oil is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial properties and it helps provide relief from pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Applying a drop of tea tree oil on an open wound can heal it really quick.

Cinnamon:

The strong antibacterial properties of cinnamon can also help heal wounds. Cinnamon has the ability to fight infections and reduce inflammation. It  has a component which helps with pain relief. Additionally, cinnamon is also known to help cure burns and heal the skin by cooling it down. (More benefits of cinnamon)

Ice pack For bruises:

Ice packs are the best thing to apply on bruises. It helps in reducing the pain, swelling and the discoloring of the skin.

Wound healing foods:

Following is the list of foods which reduce inflammation, promote the production of white blood cells, improve the immune system, and provide the essential nutrients to the body for faster recovery.

  • Omega-3 rich and Vitamin E foods: Sunflower seeds, salmon, sardines, hemp seeds, nuts, avocado.
  • Antioxidants and vitamin C rich: Green tea, pomegranate, dark chocolate, tomatoes, olive oil, watermelon.
  • Beta-carotene rich: Carrots, sweet peppers, sweet potato.
  • Dark green vegetables: Spinach, kale, broccoli.
  • Berries: Blueberry, strawberry, cherries.
  • Probiotics: Yogurt, buttermilk, cheese.
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ENLARGED TONSIL AND ADENOIDS IN CHILDREN

Enlarged tonsil and adenoid is a very common problem faced by children in their preschool and teenage years and is known as Tonsillitis. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, almost every child in the United States experiences at least one episode of tonsillitis.

There are generally three types of tonsils in kids:

  • Acute tonsillitis: These symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days but can last up to 2 weeks too.
  • Recurrent tonsillitis: This is when child get tonsillitis several times in a year.
  • Chronic tonsillitis: This is when child has a long term tonsilinfection.
enlarged Tonsil in Kids and its causes:

Tonsils are two oval shaped pads of lymphoid tissue located at the back of the throat, one on each side that helps the body to fight infection. Adenoids are located higher and further back, where the nasal passage connect with the throat. The tonsils are visible through mouth but the adenoids are not. The role of Tonsils and adenoids is to confine bacteria and viruses entering through the throat before they reach the rest of the body and to produce antibodies. Sometimes, bacteria and viruses get into the tonsils and infect them, which causes the enlargement of tonsils. School going children are more exposed to viral or bacterial infections and hence at more risk of Tonsillitis. The most common bacteria causing Tonsillitis is Streptococcus pyogenes that causes strep throat.

What are the Symptoms of enlarged tonsil

Tonsils in kids may vary depending on the cause and severity of infection. If kid’s throat hurts and it becomes difficult to eat, drink or even swallow, then he/ she might be suffering from enlarged tonsil or Tonsillitis.

Other symptoms include red, swollen tonsils, white or yellow patches on the tonsils, sore throat, fever, bad breath, stomach ache, scratchy or throaty voice, headache and neck pain.

In younger children who are unable to express properly, signs include drooling, refusal to eat and unusual fussiness. Normally, tonsils and adenoids return to their normal size when the infection is over.

Complications: Enlarged tonsils in kids are considered serious if they cause symptoms like chronic ear infections, obstructive sleep apnea, recurring sinusitis and difficulty in breathing. You should visit an ENT Doctor in such cases.

Treatment: Enlarged tonsils treatment usually depends on the cause. If the tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics to kill bacteria. In case, it is caused by a virus, antibiotics don’t work and kid’s body will fight the infection on its own. In some cases, if the infection is severe and causing serious symptoms, doctors might advise surgery to remove the tonsils.

How to prevent it?

The germs causing tonsils in kids are contagious and hence following good hygiene practices might help to prevent it.

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses, bottles or utensils with other kids
  • Replace their toothbrushes after being diagnosed with tonsillitis

To prevent the spreading of infection to other kids in case your child is infected:

  1. Keep your child at home
  2. Teach your child to sneeze or cough into a tissue
  3. Teach your child to wash hands after sneezing or coughing
Home remedies to relieve the symptoms of enlarged tonsil
Drink plenty of warm liquids:

Drinking warm liquids like soups, broths and teas helps in soothing the sore throat. Herbal teas which include honey, pectin or glycerin, helps to form a protective film over the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat and thus help in soothing irritation.

Avoid Hard Foods:

Eating hard or sharp foods like chips, crackers, dry cereal, toast, raw carrots and apples may scratch the throat, resulting in further irritation and inflammation, and hence such foods should be avoided. 

Gargle with salt water:

Gargling with salt water helps to reduce the pain or tickling in the back of the throat. Warm salt water can help to disinfect the area and reduce inflammation. Salt water mixture can be made by adding a quarter teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water and stirring it until the salt dissolves. Gargle with salt water for a few seconds before spitting it out and repeat the process as and when necessary. Younger children should avoid it as they might inhale the fluid. Steam inhalation can also help to reduce the discomfort.

Increase Indoor Humidity:

Dry air can further add to the irritation in the throat and hence keeping a cool mist humidifier inside the room of a kid suffering from tonsillitis might help to relieve the discomfort.

Avoid straining the voice:

Since the voice becomes muffled due to the swelling in the throat, kid might be tempted to raise the voice, but this might further irritate the throat.

Get plenty of rest:

Taking proper rest at home allows the body to fight off the infection and even saves from any other infection which might be caught from going out.

Medicated throat candies (lozenges):

Medicated lozenges contain anaesthetic medicines to numb and soothe the throat and also contain anti-inflammatory drugs to comfort swelling and inflammation in the throat due o enlarged tonsil. For younger children, lozenges should be avoided as they might cause choking due to their big size.

Foods and herbs that can help:
Tulsi or Holy Basil:

Tulsi is a plant which is commonly found in most of the Indian households due to its medicinal properties. It has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It has qualities that help in reducing the swelling and pain in the throat and thus speed up the healing process. Drink made by boiling tulsi leaves also helps in boosting immunity. (Know some more foods that helps in boosting immunity)

  • Method:
  • Add 10 to 12 basil leaves to one and one-half cups of water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add the juice from one lemon to the solution. Optionally, add one teaspoon of honey to sweeten it or 2 grams of black pepper to spice it up.Drink this three times a day for two to three days.
Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is rich in antimicrobial properties and hence suppresses the growth of bacteria in tonsils thereby comforting the pain, swelling and inflammation due to enlarged tonsil.

  • Method:
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Mix in two teaspoons of honey. Sip on it slowly while it is still warm. Drink this two or three times a day for one week.
Turmeric:

Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities which help to fight the tonsil in kids and relieve the symptoms. Ayurveda recommends using 1 cup of hot water with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt mixed in. Gargle with this mixture morning and evening. It is particularly helpful before going to bed. It will help get rid of the inflammation and soreness. Alternatively, you can add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of ground black pepper to a glass of warm milk. Drink it at night for two to three days to speed up the healing process.

Fenugreek seeds or Methi:

Methi again has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to fight the bacteria and gives instant relief from pain and inflammation.

  • Method:
  • Add two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to two to three cups of water. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and let it cool. Gargle with this water for at least 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Repeat twice daily until you get comfort.
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