Yeast Diaper Rash Treatment

home remedy for diaper rash
I’ve been cleaning up this blog, going through old posts and categories. I was excited when I came across an old post of a recipe for wipes solution.

When I had Bram almost 7 years ago, I ventured into the world of cloth diapers.  I L-O-V-E cloth diapers. During that time, I learned so much about cloth, essential oils, home remedies and (who would have guessed) yeast.

Yeast can be a problem for babies, whether they cloth diaper or not.  In fact, knowing what I know now,  I realize family members whose children battled constant diaper rashes, were probably battling yeast.  I wish I could have helped them then.

Yeast can also be an issue for nursing moms. Yeast (thrush) can be passed from mom (burning, red, sore nipples) to baby (mouth and diaper yeast/rash) and back again.  On and on until everyone is miserable.

Let’s see what we can do about that, shall we?

In addition to using cloth diapers, I also made my own wipes solution.  I would soak wash cloths or paper towels in the solution to clean up messy diapers.  Over time, I found my children never got yeast (or diaper rash of any sort) whenever I used my own wipes solution.  So this more of a yeast diaper rash treatment, than a simple wipes solution recipe.  The combination of ingredients really nourishes the skin and keep the yuckies at bay.

If your baby has been battling with yeast – or any diaper rash.  Give this recipe a try.  It worked wonders for us!

Baby Wipes Solution

Prep time 5 minutes
This is an easy, make at home recipe for baby wipes solution. This is easy on baby's bum as well as good for diaper and yeast rashes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (I use grapeseed or olive)
  • 3 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (I use Young Living)
  • 3 Drops Skin-Safe Essential Oil Of Your Choice (I use Lavender, Chamomile and/or Bergamot)

Directions

Step 1 Combine all ingredients in a container with a secure lid.
Step 2 Shake or stir until well combined.
Step 3 I like to store my wipes solution in the closed container and dip washcloths or paper towels as needed. You may also store your cloths or paper towels in the solution so they are ready to go when you like.

Things Left Undone

It’s Christmas Eve.

Presents are still unwrapped.

No twinkling lights adorn our home.

Not a single Christmas card has yet been sent.

The nativity scene was never set up.  In fact, most of our decorations are still in the storage box.

And I’m okay with that, with things left undone.

Winter Fun

Maybe it’s my age. Maybe I’ve become disillusioned with the “magic” of Christmas.  Or maybe it’s that the true meaning of Christmas has settled comfortably on my heart. Whatever it is, I realize the things left undone aren’t always worth doing.

Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE Christmas lights, and cards, and pretty bows. When I can do those things, I relish them. But there are seasons when everything – just. cannot. get. done. – and I no longer allow these things to suck the joy out of Christmas.

Every single thing left undone means time was spent doing something else. And I make sure the something elses matter. Baking cookies with the kids, watching Christmas movies, playing in the snow, cuddling by the fire.  Doing. Together.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Don’t let the things left undone, or the doing of too many things, steal your joy this season.

Christmas is a celebration. Celebrate!

The Week of Independent Studies

*Please excuse the mess, I’m making some design changes…

All in all this has been a good week (that’s why I’m linking up at WUHS)…although completely different than expected.  I traded our “usual” routine for last minute schedule changes.  This wasn’t what I had hoped or planned, but it’s the excitement of life, right?

Sunday was great. We relaxed, ate junk food and had visits from family.  The evening ended on a high note with an on-the-edge-of-your-seat episode of my favorite show, The Walking Dead.  I went to bed happily pondering the fate of the guv-nuh and excited Daryl had returned to the prison (woot!).

Somewhere around 2am Amelie woke up, with a fever.  As a mom, I have to say that’s one of my least favorite moments.  That middle of the night scramble for the thermometer and medicine, praying the fever isn’t as high as it feels.  Scary.  She wasn’t too awfully bad at 101.6 so I gave her some Advil, and we eventually went back to sleep – kind of.

Man, I love his smile.

Monday morning Amelie was extremely congested and her fever returned.  I declared it an “independent work and chores” only day for the three big boys (don’t you love the freedom to do that??  I big puffy heart homeschool).  And I turned on ABC Mouse for Bram – he loves it.  The rest of my day was holding a fussy baby, couch cuddles with Bram, the usual conference call with Stef about planning the Titus 2:1 Conference (see the end of this post), and that’s about it.

Daddy-daughter snuggle time

Tuesday is our usual co-op day.  Shane works from home on Tuesdays to help shuttle all the kids since we don’t have one vehicle that can fit the whole family.  Monday, I had called to let co-op know I wouldn’t be there since Amelie was sick, but Shane would bring the four boys.  Everyone was ready to go when it suddenly began sleeting and freezing rain, followed by snow.  So guess where they didn’t go?  Another independent work day, yay!

Mom’s Proverb: He who gives the baby an Oreo, gives the baby a bath.

Wednesday morning I really wanted to try to get our week back on track.  Amelie seemed to be feeling a bit better though still very fussy.  But I was just too tired.  Independent studies kids, mama’s having a pajama day!  By now, the kids are ecstatic.  Three independent work only days?  Heaven.

Thursdays are usually independent studies followed by Civics class for Fox and Tony.  But guess what?  The teacher’s grandbaby was born and civics was cancelled.  So that left…you guessed it…independent studies!!  I normally would have been feeling guilty by now, but Amelie’s congestion had given way to a wet, uncomfortable cough.  Even though her fever had not returned since Monday, keeping her warm and happy was my main concern.  It’s pneumonia season here and no one needs that.

So here we are.  It’s Friday.  Between sickness, foul weather and births, we’ve had nothing but independent studies this week.  So I figured why break our winning streak?  I happily called another independent studies and chores day…

But then the vacuum broke.  So that just left…

Independent Studies!!!

Hey bloggers – you must check out the Titus 2:1 Conference!