Updated: Aug 27, 2020
If you’re a mother, then chances are you may have experienced a situation where your baby had a diaper rash. Like most mothers, you hate to see your baby in pain and discomfort, so you grab the nearest ointment you can find. Unfortunately, like that of many baby products, most diaper ointments contain harmful chemical ingredients that can eventually do more harm than good or lead to other issues. The problem with most of these companies that create these ointments, their main concern is “how to eliminate the issue.,” often overlooking what should be the main concern which is, “what caused this issue and how can we eliminate that?”
If you have more than one child, then it’s possible that one of your babies were never affected by diaper rashes, meanwhile the other develops them more often than others, no matter how clean they were or how often you changed them. Contrary to popular belief, diaper rashes can have several different causes which are dirty diapers due to the baby’s sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can easily be irritated by a soiled diaper so a baby with diarrhea or with loose bowels is more likely to develop a rash.
Another cause of a diaper rash could be a reaction to a new ingredient found in baby wipes, lotions, creams, or a different brand of diapers so if you’ve switched brands for a certain product, this can cause a negative reaction, often leading to diaper rash. Antibiotics, bacterial infection, new foods, and tight-fitting clothes can also cause diaper rash. A baby’s immune system is not as strong when they’re babies, therefore they are more prone to negative effects from certain foods and products.
The benefits of Lavender have been studied by researchers all over the world while others are claimed by those who have experienced the benefits themselves and natural health practitioners. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it very useful for diaper rash, bug bites, and minor burns. The Journal of Medical Microbiology published a study showing that lavender was effective against antifungal-resistant infections. Researchers believed that lavender oil, a potent and effective antifungal, destroyed the membranes of the cells within the fungus. Another study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine determined wounds closed faster using lavender oil.
Diaper rash is common, but it is definitely not hard to treat. If you’re looking for a more natural way to heal your baby, give lavender a try.