Healing Nappy Rash Naturally

how to heal nappy rash naturallyWhat is nappy rash?

Nappy rash describes a variety of skin conditions that can appear in the nappy area. The discomfort level for baby can range from mild to severe.

How to recognise Nappy Rash

Nappy rash appears as inflamed, red, and blotchy skin in the area of the skin covered by nappies. There may be blistering and occasionally ulcers. The rash may sometimes spread to tummy and bottom. It’s sore, can hurt when bub passes urine, and can lead to unsettled and unhappy babies.

What causes nappy rash?

A major cause is when a baby’s skin is exposed to wet or dirty nappies (the combination of heat, damp and friction in a nappy), but it can also be triggered by medications, new foods and chemical irritants, such as unnatural baby lotions, detergents and nappy soaking solutions. Babies who suffer eczema or cradle cap are prone to nappy rash, and babies who have family members who suffer dermatitis may be more likely to suffer from this skin irritation.

Prevention and Treatment

  • Frequent nappy changes can help, although the problem can sometimes continue, no matter how often a nappy is changed.
  • Let baby have some nappy free time each day (lie them on a soft towel).
  • Avoid chemical based products.
  • Switch to cloth nappies for the duration of the rash, and ensure cotton nappies are thoroughly washed to remove all traces of detergents and chemicals.

Use the Little Innoscents Intensive soothing cream, specifically designed to heal, treat and prevent nappy rash

See your health care professional if the rash persists for more than a week as there may be an underlying skin condition such as thrush, dermatitis or psoriasis. The Little Innoscents Massage Oil can be used to treat and prevent both the dermatitis and psoriasis.

About the Author: Antonette Golikidis is the creator of the Little Innoscents range and is qualified in Health Sciences, Remedial Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy. The greatest effort has gone into ensuring the information on this page is valid, however if you are concerned about the health of your child; please ensure you visit your healthcare professional also.

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*While the greatest effort has been invested to ensure the validity of this information, the advice therein is set as a ‘general’ guide only, and your individual needs may require a different method to the one shown. Little Innoscents would like to encourage you to see your regular healthcare professional, should you be concerned for you or your baby’s wellbeing.

Is it time to dump your toothpaste?

Baby toothpasteIs it time to dump your fluoride toothpaste?

There have been many views on whether fluoride should be a part of our oral protection. Antonette Golikidis reviews the effects fluoride has on our health and shares her expertise on this important issue.

Did you know that it’s the brushing action that is the most important process, not the paste that you add to the brush?

The primary purpose of brushing the teeth is simply to clean the accessible tooth surfaces of dental plaque, stains and food debris. Toothpaste became common in the 50s and since then pharmaceutical companies have been marketing toothpaste with fresh-tasting pastes filled with artificial sweeteners, thickeners and flavours. The introduction of fluoride in the 60s resulted in further development of toothpastes with claims of fighting decay and cavities, tartar control, sensitive and enamel-protecting properties. It’s a perfect example of market segmentation at its most successful, and arguably its most valuable role is encouraging people to clean their teeth.

But are all those ingredients safe and necessary?

You brush your teeth every day, so shouldn’t you think about what you’re putting on your pearly whites? Do we need these ingredients to keep our teeth strong and healthy?

A simple perusal of the ingredients list of a tube of commercial toothpaste can yield a long list of chemicals, additives, detergents and (shock!) sweeteners and can contain some harsh abrasives.

Fluoride is one of those ingredients that prompt an opinion from many, and it is found in almost all commercial brands. Dentists believed that fluoride is a “nutrient.” A nutrient is a vitamin or mineral that is necessary for good health. In the case of fluoride, dentists believed that ingesting fluoride during childhood was necessary for the development of strong, healthy teeth, and that a “fluoride deficiency” would cause cavities. It is now known that fluoride content of a tooth has little bearing on whether that tooth will develop a cavity. People can have perfect teeth, therefore, without consuming fluoridated water or fluoride toothpaste.

In fact people who receive too much fluoride often wind up with dental fluorosis. This is a permanent discoloration of the teeth and can make your choppers appear spotted or streaked. It happens in varying degrees of severity, depending on how much excess fluoride you take in.

Fluoride is considered toxic when ingested in high levels and is a controversial additive in water. Accidentally ingesting high quantities of toothpaste (as children sometimes do) can be potentially toxic.

The recommended amount of fluoride has been debated for years, as have the chemical’s negative effects. Reputable sources on both sides of the debate make opposing claims: some say there’s no serious downside to fluoride when it’s included to protect teeth, whereas others blame the chemical for all sorts of problems, including allergies, lower IQs, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer [source: PopeFluoridation].

The undeniable truth is that the use of fluoride-containing pastes by young children should be closely supervised by parents to restrict fluoride ingestion. Although topical fluoride products like toothpaste are not meant to be swallowed, studies show that young children swallow a lot of the paste that is put on the brush — particularly when the toothpaste has a bubble-gum or watermelon flavour. Swallowing toothpaste can cause health complications, including dental fluorosis.

The warning signs…

Have you ever noticed the warning on a tube of toothpaste about the dangers of ingesting fluoride? You may not have – it’s inconspicuous and looks nothing like the brazen warnings that appear on goods such as cigarettes and other tobacco products. But why is it there?

The ADA (Australian Dental Association) recommends parents avoid giving toothpaste to babies and toddlers up to 18 months and use only low-fluoride formulas for children 18 months to six years to prevent fluorosis. So next time you see that warning DO NOT SWALLOW or “do not use in children 6 years of age or less”, I simply ask the question: if a company must by regulation make these warning claims, then is there not something we should be concerned about?

When placed in that context, it’s easy to see why some people are ditching toothpaste containing this supposedly beneficial chemical in favour of fluoride-free brands.

Deadly and Dangerous Shampoos

Personal care products have become a whopping $500 million dollar industry in Australia.

We are seduced on a daily basis by the intoxicating aromas, flashy packaging and enticing promises, but the question you may want to ask is: what is the real cost of applying these products to your hair & body?

The growing awareness of chemicals in the foods you eat has led many to begin reading labels but what about the products you are smearing all over yourself? This does not come to mind for many but putting chemicals on your skin and scalp may actually be worse than eating them.

If I were to tell you that your personal care products could be putting you at risk for hair and skin damage, immunological problems, damage to your eyes, and possibly even cancer, would you pay a little more attention to their ingredients?

When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs.

Do you find this terrifying? You will when considering an average adult uses nine personal care products each day, containing approximately 126 different chemicals.

Your skin is vital to your health, yet many people fail to take care of it. Because your skin has the ability to absorb much of what you put on it, informed choices are critical to optimise your health.

The four big No’s….

1. Tear Free formulas not so tear free…

Tear fee formulations are made up of surfactants that act as eye anesthetizing agents. Agents such as “synthetic alkyl polyethoxylates” and/or “alkyl phenol polyethoxylates” are added to anesthetize the eye so that the sting of the shampoo ingredients is not felt. These alkyl ingredients actually can temporarily numb the eye and worse. They are used in pesticide products to anesthetize insects and they can penetrate the skin and cause organ toxicity in people. So when you see these ingredients listed on the label, you know that the shampoo is an acidic, with inexpensive, harsh, eye burning, stinging ingredients. The dangerous, almost cruel part of this is since the infant’s or child’s eyes are temporarily slightly numbed, they don’t feel or react to any negative effect this shampoo ingredient could be having on the child’s eyes and body.

2. Foaming Agents are causing you to scratch…

Skip the bubbles in bubble baths, as it is the foaming agents (Sodium Lauryl Sulphates) that give you the lovely bubbles but are also the major cause of skin irritations such as eczema.

 3. Oils in a natural bodywash won’t give you oily hair….

Most commercial shampoos strip the scalp of its natural oils. The scalp in its most basic form tries to balance itself back out by producing more oil. This of course translates into hair that gets really greasy really fast — a reason why most people feel like they need to wash their hair every day or two.

It’s simply because our shampoos are destroying our natural balance, how do you ask? Well the myriad of synthetic products that are so often in our commercial shampoos and conditioners artificially coat the hair with plastic or protein polymers to make it look and feel undamaged. The more damaged the hair, the more porous it becomes; the more porous the hair, the more it absorbs these synthetic “protein” polymers.

The Little Innoscents bodywash has a high level of oil that helps to hydrate the skin and hair, it is also one of the main contributing factors which make it so effective with sensitive skin conditions like eczema and dry itchy skin.

4. Potentially harmful chemicals commonly used in body wash and shower gels to look out for:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate aka SLES (very common foaming agent)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate aka SLS (very common foaming agent)
  • Propylene Glycol (antifreeze)
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine (foaming agent)
  • Triclosan (antibacterial and antifungal agent)
  • DMDM hydantoin (antimicrobial)
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