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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Natural Remedy for Diaper Rash

Diaper rash has reared it's ugly head around here. Poor Babe-ala!  She is already starting to sign to use the toilet. But the journey between signing and using is a long one. Although we change her frequently and immediately, it seems her skin is super sensitive and prone to rash. We tried various ointments but nothing seemed to be working.

So I took her in to see her doctor, who diagnosed her with an external yeast infection. The prescription was for Clortimazole. It's commonly used for yeast infection, jock itch, or athlete's foot.
I just couldn't do it. While it seems relatively safe, there is no evidence of it passing through breast milk and we are still nursing. And I know there are more natural resources out there. So with a trip to the amazing local health food store we created this recipe. And it seems to be doing the trick!*

We mix up a batch of about four applications at a time.

3 Tablespoons of Plain Greek Yogurt (Sounds a little weird but its just a creamy medium for the good stuff plus it adds a little extra good bacteria. Fat content doesn't matter.)
4-5 drops of Black Walnut Extract (made from the black walnut hull, an anti-fungal.This is the brand we use.)
1/2 capsule of Acidophilus which promotes healthy bacteria growth (This is what we use. There are others out there as well. Just open the capsule and pour the powder into the yogurt mixture.)

Keep it in the refrigerator and use liberally at each change.
We kept applying for a few days after the rash disappeared.
We also give her half a capsule of acidophilus in her breakfast yogurt or some applesauce. Which is just a good idea for all of us.

When diaper rash reoccurs that seems to be non-yeast related we omit the black walnut extract.

Happy Baby!
I have just been dying to use this picture somewhere! 

*All information and resources found on The Best Things are based on the opinions of the author. Readers should consult with health care providers to make their own nutrition and health decisions. None of the information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.

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