Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Demon known as Diaper Rash

Yup, my cloth diapered baby has diaper rash.  I never planned for this since cloth diapered babies rarely get diaper rash.  Not to mention we are very diligent about changing her diapers.  Thankfully, I was armed with 2 containers of Hosie's butt balm.  Unfortunately, it is not doing the trick. :-(  So the question now is: what natural cures are there to clear up diaper rash on a cloth diapered booty??? Aside from the normal, let her go bare bottomed, (which I will do tomorrow, and maybe I will get an idea of her cues for ECing?? More on that later) wipe with warm water advice, I did some research readers and am testing these three out.  Here's what I found.  I will let you know the results when this is cleared up, hopefully soon!!!

1. Use a cup of warm water and add 1 tsp baking soda.  Use this to rinse the bum area and let it air dry (or in my husbands case shoot her booty with cold air from the blow dryer, hahaha We did this one tonight!)

2. apply coconut oil

3. Go to herbalist (Earth n herbs in Grand Coteau is AWESOME, Diane really knows her stuff!!) and make diaper salve

                                                      Bottoms Up Salve

                                                     1 part comfrey tea
                                                     1 part St. John's wort flower
                                                     1 part calendula flower
                                                     olive oil
                                                     grated beeswax

Combine the herbs & store in an airtight container.  Make a solar infusion by seeping 2 oz. of the herb mixture in pint of olive oil for 2 weeks. This will create about 2 C of herbal oil.

At the end of the 2 weeks, place mixture in a double boiler & warm for 1 hr. over VERY low heat.  Strain.  To each cup of warm herbal oil, add 1/4 C. grated beeswax.  You might need to warm the oil a little longer to melt the beeswax. When the beeswax is melted, check for desired consistency, place 1 TBLSP. of the mixture in the refrigerator for a few min.  If the salve is too hard, add a little more oil; if too soft, add a little more beeswax.  Pour into a glass jar & seal tightly when cooled.  This salve does not need to be refrigerated & will last for month (or years) if stored in a cool area.

NOTE: We don't have 2 weeks here, so.....Diane recommends to let the herbs steep in the olive oil in a double boiler over very low heat for several hours.  Check frequently to be sure the oil is not over heating and burning the herbs.

So there you have it readers my 3 things for a diaper rash, of course, that's IF Hosie's doesn't work (that stuff truly is AWESOME!) In any case, here's hoping for a clear booty in the morning!  If not then we'll take it from there!

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