Since my last post I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to figure how to get rid of my lil’ Lainey’s diaper rash. It has been over a month and I have been to the doctor numerous times and tried numerous medicated creams. Some worked a bit, and others didn’t do a thing. After much research/ visits to the doctor, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a yeast rash due to her teething. She has 4 teeth that just won’t come through!!
So I thought I would share my personal experience with my LO and her yeast diaper rash. If I would have known what I know now about what I’ve researched I could have helped her through a lot of discomfort. What I found out online from other Mom’s was that with a yeast type rash applying zinc type ointment, baby powder (cornstarch or talc), disposable diapers, disposable wipes can all make the rash worse (which it did) Here I thought of all things zinc would make it better!. So finally I just used the medicated ointment I got from the doctor and it helped soothe the rash to where it was almost gone. The instructions say to use it up to a week, but it was so bad that I had to use it more. The poor girl was scratching at her diaper all the time because it hurt.
What made it more uneasy for me was the cream that I made that worked on other regular diaper rashes wasn’t cutting it for this type of rash. I felt so bad that I couldn’t help my baby girl. So I went back online and did more research on different oils and essential oils that might help.
I had never heard about the benefits of myrrh essential oil. We know that it was one of the three gifts given to Jesus when he was born, but it was also used in ancient Greece on soldiers’ wounds. Some of it’s properties include: antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and more. If your interested in more info about myrrh essential oil take a look at what it has to offer.
I purchased some last week and it came in the mail the other day so I did up a new recipe for Lainey. Because the cream just wasn’t doing it, I decided to make a balm instead. They usually apply better and stay on the skin nicer because of the beeswax. However, because beeswax doesn’t wash off so easily it can be tough on cloth diapers if the consistency is right. After two batches I came up with the perfect consistency! I put it on her before bed and hoped for improvement. Sure enough all the things that I found out about this awesome oil was true. In addition to the myrrh essential oil, I added tea tree and lavender essential oils as in my previous cream. I’m pretty excited though about this new diaper balm. I can’t wait to share it with others!
On a side note, I’ve started working on a facebook page, and soon I hope to have a separate WordPress page for Nu.Babee. I just have to get it organized and add some nice photos of my product and logos.
My little Lainey has gone through the worst 2 weeks. It all started with a cold which turned into a fever and then came an awful rash because of the fever. The poor girl was in so much pain and discomfort nothing was helping. It got to the point where her rash was so bad that I took her to the doctor because it just wasn’t going away. The doctor advised me to use the cream I had been prescribed for her eczema, which is a topical corticosteroid cream that cost me a fortune for the tiniest little tube! So I used that on her for about 4 days and it was slowly starting to improve. But I was starting to worry because her fever was back and the rash wasn’t getting better like you would think after 4 days of using that type of cream. So I was ready to go to the doctor the next morning. I thought since I was going to the doctor anyways it wouldn’t hurt to try my soothing balm I made for her eczema, on the rash. So I lathered it on and put her to bed.
The next morning it was like I put some miracle cream on her. It improved more over night than it had in 4 days using the prescription cream, that isn’t really good for her skin anyways. I wish I would have taken a picture of what it was before and after. I’ll post a picture of it maybe tomorrow to give an idea how much it healed. And her bad eczema patch now is like 90% healed after the huge chunk of skin she scratched away at 2 weeks ago. See the before and after pics below:
I’m so excited I finally got the right consistency and the right percentage of each ingredient. I want to put the balm in a twist up tube so it’s easy to apply to the skin. So I found the packaging I like and just had to get it to set right so it would glide on the skin nicely.
The ingredients I use in my Soothing Balm are:
Beeswax – “Beeswax contains natural moisturizers…. In some cases, beeswax may be applied to minor burns or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal.” (from Livestrong.com) Raw Honey – “… has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds… It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin. Honey also improves skin hydration, an important factor in the skin’s ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.” (from HowStuffWorks) Olive Oil – “Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.” (from GlobalHealingCenter.com) Calendula Oil – “Calendula oil offers anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and possible wound healing qualities. It can soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and helps regenerate new skin cells.” (from SwiftCraftyMonkey Blog). Vitamin E -is an antioxidant, it helps protect and repair damaged skin.
I’ve been a busy bee working at my new venture. I have a long ways ahead of me but sticking with it! My goal for the spring is to be able to have enough products ready that I can sell at our local Farmer and Crafters Market (providing they let me 🙂 ). I’ve just received in the mail the packaging I’ve chosen for my Diaper Ointment, Lotion and Soothing balm, so I’m half way there!
I’m still trying to perfect my Lotion and Soothing Balm. However, I think I’ve come up with a final product for my cloth diaper safe Diaper Ointment. I’ve started giving out samples, and I hope that other Mom’s find it helps their little ones like it has worked for me.
The Soothing Balm is great! It has helped my lil one so much with her eczema. Especially on the dry winter days. Her skin has been so dry and itchy it doesn’t stand a chance with her eczema. The honey and beeswax really helps soothe inflamed and irritated skin. I’m just trying to figure out the right consistency so it will glide on perfectly but solid enough to stay in a twist up tube.
I’ve also hired a local graphic designer to help me design a logo for nu.babee. I’m super excited about that and will definitely share the final product!
I hope you can follow along with me and my exciting journey with my products. I can’t wait to start selling them. I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to start as well.
Thanks for letting me share with you.
Did you have any idea how great honey is for it’s healing properties?
After doing some research, I found out how great honey and beeswax is for healing your skin. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can be helpful when used on your skin. I found an article on the web at Medical News Today about the health benefits of honey. It said, “In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds”. Take a look at this link here for more useful facts.
I first came to discover the great things that honey and beeswax can do when I was trying to help my daughter with her eczema breakouts. I went to the doctor because her eczema breakout got so bad that she couldn’t stop scratching which in turn started bleeding. I really didn’t want to resort to the steroid cream they prescribe, but I was at the point where I had to for my poor little girl. After spending about $100 on the prescription I thought there has to be something else to help her. I had tried everything I could find on the shelf, as well as what others suggested, but nothing was helping. I started doing some research and found out that beeswax and honey had healing properties that had helped with eczema relief. So I made my own little “formula” 🙂 and put it on her to see how it works. She woke up the next morning and I swear it worked just as good as that $100 prescription stuff. And it was all natural! I was so excited that I couldn’t stop talking about how great this beeswax and honey was for her eczema. I’m just amazed how it has healed her. Right now during the winter months her skin is so dry that it’s not helping her skin, but we can take her shirt off now with out her instantly scratching her sores.
From this little discovery I thought, if I can help my lil one, imagine who else I can possibly help. So right now I’m in the process of putting together something that I would love to be able to sell on Etsy. And from there I hope I can make even more healing products. I’m so excited to do this, so I hope it won’t take too long to get it going!
If anyone has started their own products and have any suggestions or helpful tips, I would love to hear what you’ve done.
So, until then….