I've never heard of doing this, what is the purpose? (Stop itching? Calm redness?) I'm not sure if it would be irritaing - baking soda can sort of burn my skin if i put it straight on a spot that's already irritated.
What's worked for me: air drying the bum as much as possible (no diaper as much as possible but if that's not practical I used a blow dryer set on low and held far away to dry my son's bum after changes), using fabric cloths and water (sometimes with lavender EO added) to clean rather than chemical disposable wipes, and using milk of magnesia to soothe and protect his skin. HTH!
baking soda is alkaline. The natural ph of the skin is slightly acidic. So it really could disrupt the natural ph of the area. It could also cause chemical burns.
It is safe to use in direct contact with the skin a little. But I wouldnt put it directly in a diaper for extended contact.
I would use regular cornstarch which is very soothing and keeps the area dry. Sometimes I put diaper rash cream on top of the cornstarch. I don't think it's good to put diaper rash cream on a wet bum because the cream will kind of lock in the moisture. It's also wise to expose the bum to air, as long as you can without any accidents
Originally Posted by CarrieK
I would use regular cornstarch which is very soothing and keeps the area dry. Sometimes I put diaper rash cream on top of the cornstarch.
Cornstarch is OK if you're positive it's not a yeast rash. Starch feeds the yeast and makes it worse.
I used straight TTO on a cotton ball or Grapefruit Seed Extract (diluted in water). This was for a pimply red rash. I also used Boudreaux's Butt Paste on DS. It is mostly Zinc Oxide, but it has a decent consistency so you can clean it off easily. It does have petroleum, so don't know if that's a deal breaker for you. Good Luck
When ds had a rash, I would spray his diaper area clean with my old hospital delivery- peri bottle, using plain warm water, pat him dry with a soft cloth, and then alternate plain cornstarch and zinc oxide diaper ointment with every other diaper change.
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