I did not find much on this topc searching the site so I though it would be a good place to start.
First things first. I do my best not to suggest things for the little folk. Doctors often throw around that, "in healing some times you do more harm than good". For them this means feeling bad, getting yelled at, or maybe getting sued. I find these days folk just say “go figure.” and complain a lot. For a known Witch in a rough or secluded area this can mean bodily harm, being shunned, death, or being run out of town. This is at least twice as likely if a child or baby is involved. Besides, 80% of the time they take care of it and I'm happy to let them.
However, some times things come up and I don't want to walk away. This is often because there is no doctor, the issue is simple enough, or the doc already made it worse then they walked away. Myself I like “The doc gave me this cream, but it gave them blisters. I went back and they said to just keep using it.”. In the end it takes a lot of nerve to walk up to a Witch and hand them your kid, and when they do I find their at their wits end.
So, here we go a few things that help me out then after, one that I could use some suggestions on.
I have seen a few common causes for diaper rash sensitive skin, not cleaning well enough while changing, left too long between changing, over growth of bacteria, and over sensitivity or over abundance of acid. I have found "most of the time" it quite easily dealt with when a parent is will to do the work.
Some over the counter products are getting better. I try to listen to parents to see what has worked and failed for them. Depending on whats available in the area I see a trend that when one fails there is another that helps.
First I suggest, fresh air and clean water dabbed dry and to look at the ingredients of their baby wipes. Going diaperless when possible and washing them with clean water a few times a day seem to do the trick for me most of the time. But, I suggest wrapping them loosely in a receiving blanket to aid in clean up and minimize rang, that gos doubly for boys. Then wipes or other products with perfumes, alcohol, or menthol, can cause the rash or stop them from healing it.
At this point most of my encounters are done and all are happy. If it doesn’t do it I have to start work.
I try to find whats going on to cause the rash. If I'm lucky by this point I can look at the docs lab results and what they tried and can get clue there. Then the parent just needs to find the right thing. If not I have to use what I've got. I won't go into that here as it varies so much by what is available and the little one.
After that it comes to the best suggestions I can give:
*Chang the kids diet.
*If breastfeeding look at the mother's diet. Also if the rash is from yeast the mother can be the source. I had one that was a yeast rash, and the mother never mentioned to me or her doc that the babe also had mouth thrush and she had yeast build up, till I asked. So, I suggested she tell her doc then they could handle it.
*I've had good luck with olive oil. Just a dab smeared on the rash twice a day.
*Aloe Vera Sap is great I've had good luck there. I just put it on thin 2 or 3 times a day.
There are a hand full of teas I use but only topically I go as light as I can on kids:
I've used mint and it worked when it was all that was handy. But I cut it with water because it can irritate.
If something really works I find the rash is gone in 3 days to 2 week, and is better over a day or so.
I don't use essential oils on babes if I can help it, as they are so sensitive.
This got long so I will make the issue I could use some suggestions on a post below. I hope some folk find this helpful and have some good thoughts to add.
Maybe I should also add that I'm no a doctor, and I don't try and do their job for fun or profit. I just give my opinion when I have something to say.
my edit just fixed a typo.
Edited by PapaGheny, 11 April 2016 - 12:23 PM.