Friday, March 19, 2010

Baby's Chaffed Bum....

Diaper rash cream can provide soothing relief to your baby's chaffed bum. However, many well-meaning parents overuse such remedies in the name of prevention; and some of the popular ointments contain chemicals that further irritate baby's skin.

Check the ingredients in the rash ointments. Here are a couple to avoid:
- Parabens: it has an estrogen-like effect and disrupt hormones. The common forms are methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl.
- Sodium Borate and Ceteareth 5 and 20: both have been found unsafe for infant skin.

Also, get rid of talc powder, it's been linked to skin irritation and respiratory problems.
The best prevention for diaper rash is fresh air, allowing your baby a few minutes to dry. Or, use certified Organic Diaper Rash Cream.

The gels, fragrance, and chlorine in conventional diapers can irritate the skin and cause a diaper rash too. Explore your options in chlorine free disposables and organic diapers to prevent further irritation. And don't forget to change your baby's diapers every couple of hours!

Lastly, watch those wipes! Depending on the chemicals, they can cause irritation.

Source: organic baby resource


  1. How about go cloth! The #1 cause of diaper rash is plastic diapers, because they do not breathe. Go eco and baby-friendly; go cloth!

  2. Use GDIAPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Disposable without all the chemicals! Yes cloth is best but second best are G's!

  3. cloth for diapers and cloth for wipes. Very easy to use them

  4. I make my own wipes solution - 1 T olive oil, 1 T aloe vera gel, 1 tsp. castile soap. Mix together; add 8 oz warm water. I use Scott's paper towels - folded in half, they fit almost perfectly in a 7th Gen wipes container. Pour mixture over paper towels and let sit to soak into all of them.

    The towels are soft yet sturdy enough to clean the toughest poops, and I know exactly what is touching my baby's bum... plus the paper towels are flushable with my gDiaper inserts or Kushies cloth diaper liner.

  5. we love cloth diapers and cloth wipes they really are the greatest and we use California baby diaper area wash to keep his little bum clean, or just plain water does the job.

  6. Great tips! We'll post them all on Facebook as well. Thanks everyone for the great contribution.