Safe Baby Powder & Natural Diaper Cream You Can Eat By Healtop
Every parent knows diaper rash can be brutal. This is an issue feared by many because the discomfort and pain is not only affecting your sweet little one, but also interrupts precious times of play and sleep. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the causes of diapers rash and the dangers of common powders and creams to treat and prevent diaper rash.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and absorbs whatever is placed on it. What is absorbed goes directly to the bloodstream. An infant’s skin is very immature and is more prone to irritation and certain pathological conditions.
Diaper rash can be caused by a number of sources, including:
- Irritation from dirty diapers. Urine or stool can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. This can not only be a breeding ground for bacteria or yeast, but the ammonia in urine can also irritate your baby’s skin. This is why diapers should be changed often to make sure baby stays clean and dry.
- Chafing or rubbing. If baby’s diaper is too tight or made from material that is not soft enough, a rash can develop from the friction caused by baby’s movements.
- Irritation from chemicals in common products. Baby’s skin may react poorly to baby wipes, disposable diapers with chemicals, fragrances, lotions, detergents, bleach or fabric softener used to launder cloth diapers. Read below on some of the dangerous chemicals in common baby products.
- Infections. The diaper area is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Many diaper rashes are a result of Candida (yeast) overgrowth. This is a warm and moist area in which pathogens flourish.
- New foods. Poop changes as babies try out new foods. This can not only change the consistancy and texture of the stools (which can be irritating) but can also cause allergic reactions to the skin. Not to mention, more food equals more poop. Also, if the baby is breast-fed, foods the Mom eats can also lead to diaper rash.
- Sensitive skin. Babies with skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis or eczema, may be more likely to develop diaper rash.
- Antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria – the good and the bad. Babies who take antibiotics are more likely to develop yeast infections which can then result in diaper rashes. This is because the good bacteria that would normally keep yeast in check are unable to do so during antibiotic use. Also, moms who breastfeed and take antibiotics can also contribute to yeast overgrowth and increased risk of diaper rash.
So, what is in common baby products that can contribute to diaper rash or worse conditions?
Unfortunately, many detergents, lotions, and even diapers have dangerous chemicals that can not only seriously harm your baby, but can also result in diaper rash. After surveying 3,300 parents and comparing the baby products they use, the Environmental Working Group found that “children are exposed to 27 chemical ingredients on a daily basis that have never been assessed for safety. Not by the industry, nor by the government.” These chemicals are “known to cause allergies, hormone disruption, damage to the nervous system, and cancer”. Link here. According to this study some of these harmful ingredients are:
“2 bromo, 2 nitropropane, and 3-DIOL create allergies and skin irritations, and in certain products can break down to form new cancer causing agents
Surprisingly, 89 percent of products labeled “Recommended by doctor” are actually some of your worst offenders, containing what Dr. Sutton considers dangerous chemicals.”
Also, common disposable diaper brands like Huggies and Pampers have dangerous chemicals. These include:
|Dioxins (potent carcinogens)||Ethylbenzene (potential carcinogen)||Dipentene (eye and skin irritant)|
|Phthalates (potent endocrine disruptors)||Styrene (harmful to the nervous system and respiratory system)||Sodium polycrylate(super-absorbent gel that can contribute to diaper rash by drying out the skin)|
|Toluene (depresses the central nervous system)||Fragrances||Dyes (found to cause diaper rash,11 aka “diaper dye dermatitis.” Some dyes may also contain heavy metals)|
What can we do to prevent and treat diaper rash?
Prevention is key to minimizing diaper rash. Knowing that babies are vulnerable with very sensitive skin, try to use as much natural ingredients as possible, and choose chemical-free or mostly chemical-free diapers like Bambo Nature, Earth’s Best, Seventh Generation or Whole Foods 365. You can also use cloth diapers, which will save you a lot of money in the long run. With cloth diapers, however, be very aware of the detergents you use to clean them. Also, choose soaps, lotions, and anything that will come in contact with your baby that will be in it’s most natural form and free of chemicals and fragrances. We use soaps made for sensitive skin (I make my own, but also use fragrance-free castille soap), coconut oil or shea butter as lotions, and detergents that are plant based and free of fragrances. If you want to smell good, you can add a few drops of baby-safe essential oils to your laundry.
If your baby still develops diaper rash, then turn to treatment options that are safe and effective. I have a rule of “if I won’t eat it, I shouldn’t put it on my baby’s skin.” In this case, I use coconut oil. Coconut oil not only has antibacterial and antifungal properties, but is also very soothing. It can cut down on yeast infections and provide a protective barrier against further infections. We tend to use this as an all-over lotion for baby, especially after baths. I don’t use baby powders at all, and many try to use cornstarch, however, this can feed yeast, causing an infection. Instead, keep baby dry by changing often. Commercial baby powders tend to contain cancer causing agents such as talc, so these are best avoided. The article, Safe baby powder & natural diaper cream you can eat by HealTop, also has links to safe baby powder and diaper cream you can purchase. I am sure there are many others as well. Feel free to add links to them in the comment section below so we can share.
That’s my thoughts. I would love to hear how you prevent and treat diaper rash!
Safe baby powder and cream are essential to newborn health. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It directly absorbs whatever is placed upon it into the bloodstream, just as if you had ingested. Baby skin is especially sensitive. Infant skin is not fully mature at birth.