Cornstarch has been used for generations as a remedy to reduce friction and dry skin, which can cause heat rashes in babies. It may also be one of the least fun parts of being a parent. That red bottom seems like it’s an indictment from bad parenting when all you need is some corn starch on your baby’s delicate bottom every night before bedtime.
But there are risks too; not only does apply this rough paste irritate sensitive spots causing further inflammation (and pain!) if done incorrectly or overused by parents who don’t understand their limitations with such products.
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Why Use Cornstarch?
You may have heard of baby powder as a solution to reduce moisture and friction in the diaper area, but what many people don’t know is that talcum-based products can get into your infant’s lungs. Talc causes respiratory problems such as asthma or emphysema when babies are forced to breathe deeply multiple times per day while they wear diapers covered with this ingredient.
It also poses risks for suffocation if applied improperly on areas around the mouth–so make sure you’re using cornstarch instead.
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Arguments Against Cornstarch
Breathing in cornstarch can cause respiratory problems for infants. In 1996, a baby boy was treated with severe lung damage and pleuritic after aspirating the powder used to clean up his poop. When he found out it had caused an infection as well due to using diapers containing this substance that provides food source yeast. Which causes diaper rash among other things so they recommend against any sort of powders including corn starch being applied near or on these areas.
Natural Diaper Rash Care
To keep your baby’s skin healthy and happy-looking for the long run, make sure to check her diaper frequently. When she wets or soils it quickly changes into another clean diaper rather than allowing any soiling residue from old diapers to stick around on that spot. Keep in mind that alcohol can irritate even more when used near a peeved sensitive bottom too. Try using water with mild soap instead of wipes if possible (they dry out babies’ delicate crotches). Pat dry after changing clothes because air drying is best but be gentle – avoid putting ointments like petroleum jelly right next to top our outside fabric which will cause friction burns due to distressing abrasion injuries.
How to Use Cornstarch for Rashes
Cornstarch can help soothe diaper rash and other skin irritations, but it’s important to use the powder cautiously on rashes. To apply it put a little in your clean hand and pat onto the affected area of the baby’s bottom or elsewhere as needed for intense pain relief. Avoid getting corn starch dust into their airways.
When to Call Your Doctor
New parents should call their doctor if they notice a diaper rash before the baby is six weeks old. Also, consult with your physician if it gets worse or doesn’t go away after two days, has blisters and/or pimples on them (not infection), extends past his bottom but is not out of bounds. This includes irritation around corners where there may be more pressure than normal because this can lead to deeper wounds.
Which would need proper care such as applying cream several times per day while also consulting one who specializes in healing these types. Yeast infections are possible due to them being sensitive creams so make sure you’re buying some type that won’t irritate the skin at least once every 24-48 hours.