Baby rash is a term referring to the occurrence of a rash on the surface of a baby’s skin. There are many factors that can cause baby rash. Here, we take a look at the things that can cause baby rash, and then discuss four natural remedies that are safe to use in remedying a mild baby rash.
The Causes of Baby Rash
Not all baby rashes are created equal. There are many different reasons that a rash can appear on a baby’s skin. They can occur due to factors in the baby’s immediate environment, or due to chronic problems such as eczema.
Common reasons for temporary rashes include irritants, heat, infections, an allergic reaction, or having sensitive skin. It is useful to identify the cause of a baby’s rash and address it with the cause in mind.
For example, an allergic reaction can occur from contact with certain foods or soap, which is usually accompanied by swelling and other symptoms. Some types of rash, such as cradle cap and diaper rash, are avoidable and easy to address. They actually tend to resolve on their own.
It is worth looking into the different types of baby rash, so that you know which are common and relatively harmless, and others that can necessitate medical attention. The remedies that follow are recommended for types of rash that are not severe or caused by a medical condition.
Natural Remedies for Baby Rash
The following remedies are touted for their ability to help alleviate baby rashes. These are all easy to use and non-invasive. Talk to your pediatrician before using these remedies on your baby’s skin.
Aloe vera is useful for treating almost any kind of mild-to-moderate skin issue – this includes baby rash. Aloe vera can be helpful in relieving rashes on babies and keeping skin hydrated. Aloe vera has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and emollient (skin-softening) properties. A small amount of aloe vera gel can be applied to the affected area.
Baby oil is another emollient that can help soften, soothe, and heal dry and flaky skin. It is recommended specifically for relieving rashy or scaly areas on a baby’s scalp. Leaving it on for a little while will allow it to do its job, and you should gently wash it off afterward.
Coconut oil can help hydrate skin and soothe a rash. Coconut oil can penetrate rashy skin and help it heal. It can also form a protective layer that secures moisture on the surface of skin. A small amount of coconut oil can be applied to the affected area 2-3 times per day.
Petroleum jelly is useful for many mild skin ailments. Applying petroleum jelly to a rash can help relieve it, and also help prevent future rashes from developing.
Baby rashes that are temporary should not go untreated. Remedying them can help relieve any irritation your baby is experiencing, and restore their skin to better condition. Consider keeping the above remedies on hand for your baby, and talk to your pediatrician before using them.