How to treat diaper rash

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How to treat diaper rash

Babies all have very soft, delicate skin. Particularly in the diaper area, there are a lot of rashes. The diaper area is 100º warm, it’s occluded by the diaper and there is always urine or stool in there, no matter how often you change the baby, the baby pees 5 minutes later. So there are a lot of rashes. The most common diaper rash is just… it’s called a diaper rash. It’s a little reddening, it’s because it’s warm and wet and the best treatment is fresh air. Fresh air. Perhaps a very dilute baking soda solution, very dilute to create a little bit on alkaline median. Babies also get yeast infection. Yeast lives normally on all of our skin, but in a baby’s diaper area the skin can be soft and wet and a little bit damaged and a yeast infection can take on. And for that you may need either a non-prescription or a prescription cream. If it’s spreading rapidly, you’re going to need to talk to your doctor. Natural remedies that I use? Very, very, very dilute grapefruit seed extract. You can buy it at a health foods store. 2 or 3 drops in an ounce of water. Try it on your own tongue first to make sure it’s not too strong. Spray it on the diaper area. A very dilute baking soda solution – a teaspoon of baking soda in an ounce or two of water and you can gob it on the diaper area to create alkalinity. And again fresh air is the best treatment. And of course, if you put a few drops of breast milk on a diaper rash, it will help the inflammation go away quickly.
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Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC - In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. After his residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for 24 years.

In addition to treating patients, he participates in the training of medical students and residents, lectures all over the world, writes books, and writes a monthly column for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine. He has contributed to “New York Parent,” “Parenting” magazine and has been quoted in the L.A. Times, New York Times, and The London Times.

Dr. Gordon’s first book, the well-received Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow, offers a life-changing plan for families who want to make dramatic changes in health and fitness through nutrition. Brighter Baby examines the positive effect that attachment parenting, combined with infant massage, has on children’s health and intelligence. Other releases include: Good Night! The Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed and Hug Your Baby, a Gentle Guide through the First Year, which was released summer, 2002. He also authored Listening To Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn, which still gets great reviews from parents. His most recent book is The ADD and ADHD Cure, the Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child.

When the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Television and the Media named Dr. Gordon “the most influential doctor in America,” they were referring, tongue-in-cheek, to Dr. Gordon’s role, as the medical script consultant, in eliminating lollipops from the office of “Doctor Weston,” lead character on the sitcom “Empty Nest.”

After two years of consulting on television scripts, sets, and ideas, Dr. Gordon was named CBS TV’s Medical Consultant for Children’s programming. He also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the “Home Show,” and continues to consult regularly for television and movies. He’s appeared on Fox 11 News, ABC’s 20/20 and most recently on Larry King Live. 

Dr. Gordon contributed and wrote the forward to Smart Medicine for a Healthy Child and The Encyclopedia of Vitamins and Supplements (both published in 1999), is pediatric consultant for “Fit Pregnancy” magazine and a frequent contributor to “Parents,” “Parenting,” and other media outlets.
 Busy as he is, Dr. Gordon finds that his most challenging job is “being a good husband and the best possible parent to my 22 year-old daughter.”

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