I’ve had sensitive skin and severe eczema my whole life. No amount of creams, ointments, tar, or oatmeal baths ever completely relieved me of the dry, itchy, scarred skin that made people always look twice at me when I wore shorts or short sleeve shirts. My biggest fear was that I would pass that onto my babies. Sure enough, my little boy was born with super sensitive skin just like me, and he has since had it rough on his teeny tiny behind!
When he was only two months old we were prescribed a steroid cream to help with his eczema. I found that with fewer baths with no soap, he was able to produce more of his natural oils to protect his skin and prevent the splotchy, red rashes. We cloth diaper now, but for the first two years of his life, he was in disposables which are full of dyes and chemicals. Also, the harsh chemicals and drying alcohol in standard baby wipes always irritated his skin, and from the time he was only a few months old, we were trying out all kinds of different powders and ointments, but nothing ever helped for too long. Putting breastmilk on the rash was the best cure that I could find. But I quit breastfeeding when he was a year old, so after that, we were left again with nothing.
I was sure that switching to cloth would solve all of our tushy problems, but unfortunately, he still suffers from diaper rash, no matter how often we change him. It isn’t as bad since making the switch, though. Also, instead of the chemically filled creams and powders, I have opted to an all natural approach!
Diaper Rash Cream
At the local farmer’s market in my hometown, we stumbled upon a woman who made all natural baby products and bought a diaper cream from her that consisted of: organic olive oil, organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, organic cocoa butter, and vitamin E. When I looked at the ingredients, I was sure that was something that I could make myself! I was on a mission! After lots of research, I found that much of what was in this natural cream that I had bought was just filler. The beeswax and cocoa butter, while soothing, are primarily to keep the cream at a harder, more manageable consistency. The olive oil, though it makes the skin soft, doesn’t have healing properties. And the vitamin E is a natural preservative. I came to my own conclusion: