We all have experienced or heard about diaper rash in babies. Diaper rash is often caused by wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. It usually affects babies and can be irritating and very painful. In fact anyone who wears a diaper regularly can develop the condition.
When I had my twins, I researched on several diaper rash creams in case of need. I talked to my family, friends, who had children and asked for their advice. However, none satisfied me. Then, I remembered my grandmother-in-law. For 90 years of her life, she applied coconut oil on her body after shower. And I remember that even after 90 years, though little wrinkled, her skin used to glow.
The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil possess antimicrobial properties that help to protect the skin from harmful bacteria. Exactly, harmful bacteria, thats what happens during diaper rash. Along with this coconut oil has anti inflammatory properties. If you see those red hot bumps on that cute bump – coconut oil may help.
So, I decided to put my faith in the grandma method and chucked all the rash creams. I did the following steps and ever since my twins never had a diaper rash except for one time when they came down with a bad Diarrhea in India. Here is what I and all our caregivers always followed. This is a non-negotiable aspect of my twin care.
- Whenever I change diapers, I always, always, always wash them with water in the sink or a jet spray.
- I dry them completely. And then I apply coconut oil. I use organic, virgin coconut oil from Costco. You can buy any organic, virgin coconut oil from stores like Amazon. Make sure it is unrefined.
- Put on the diaper.
Make sure to change the diaper every 4 hours. It can be tough with twins. So make sure you have two changing stations, especially at night so that you and your partner/helper can change the diapers together.
I have, till 2.5 years, never had any problems with coconut oil. In fact, we do not have any creams at home. We always apply coconut oil on their body also after shower. The only cream I use if twins have any dry skin patches is CeraVe. But apart from this one cream, you will not find much in our bathroom.
For outside home activities, I always put some coconut oil in a small box for use. For hot days, when the oil can melt easily, you can transfer it into a spray bottle. For travel time – domestic and international, I use A+D Cream tubes. But this is just for the travel part. As soon as we are at the destination, I am back to my favorite! 🙂
Keeping this post short and to the point – use coconut oil to avoid diaper rash. Of course, if your child has some allergy, you are wise parent to not use it and consult your doctor! 🙂
Bye bye diaper rash!