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Will Aloe Vera Soothe a Diaper Rash?

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Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."
Will Aloe Vera Soothe a Diaper Rash?
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The thick, clear juice of aloe vera has been used for over 6,000 years to treat burns and minor skin irritation, making it a viable option for treating diaper rash. Apply an ointment after each diaper change if your child is prone to diaper rash. If the rash worsens, switch to a stronger preparation.

Types

Buy pure aloe vera gel commercially or grow your own aloe plant for medicinal purposes. To extract aloe from a plant, cut a small wedge of a mature leaf with a knife. Carefully squeeze the aloe vera juice from the cut edge to use for diaper rashes, burns or rashes. Diluted aloe vera juice is also sold for oral use. Look in the lotions and ointments section of a drugstore or grocery store to ensure that you have topical aloe vera gel.

Soothe the Skin

Aloe vera gel works best to soothe mild diaper rash or to prevent diaper rash. Combination ointments that contain aloe and zinc oxide are more effective for moderate to severe diaper rash because the zinc oxide acts as a barrier, keeping moisture from the skin so the diaper rash doesn't worsen.

Aloe Considerations

Although rare, it is possible for your baby to develop an allergy to aloe, which can cause a rash or eczema-like symptoms. Discontinue use if you notice a rash in addition to the diaper rash, or other related symptoms. Consult your pediatrician if the rash worsens with home treatment or you notice pus, a rash that spreads beyond the diaper area or open sores. Some children have sensitive skin and are more prone to diaper rash. Other children may get diaper rash after the introduction of a new food, or after a bout of diarrhea.

Just a Little

Clean a baby's bottom with a wipe or damp cloth during each diaper change. Allow the area to dry and apply a thin layer of aloe vera. Change the baby frequently if diaper rash is a problem, and allow the baby to go without a diaper as much as possible to dry out his skin. Warm baths can also relieve the discomfort of diaper rash.

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