Dr.Karol, MD

The doctor with alternative solutions

Diaper Rash~Baby Part One

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I have decided that once every two weeks I will cover a topic on babies. I decided to do this for two reasons. First of all we all know what great treasures babies are. They are cure, innocent, require our full attention, they are the next generation of our families and our society and an extension of our life into the future. The second reason is that I really enjoyed my clinical rotations in pediatrics and cherished seeing a big smile on mom and dad’s face when their baby was happy and healthy. I have decided to begin this journey of baby topics by talking about diaper rash. This is a very common condition, very unpleasant to the baby, and surprisingly, easily prevented.

So what is diaper rash? Well from the visual point of view it is the reddening of the skin in the diaper area. It causes itching and substantial discomfort to the baby. The major cause is prolonged wetness in the area when the diaper is left for too long or when the skin is not allowed to dry during the process of changing the diaper. The prolonged wetness makes the skin softer and the presence of urine raises the pH (i.e. making the environment more basic as opposed to more acidic), which activates certain enzymes in fecal material called proteases and lipases. These enzymes start breaking down the skin surface which is now even more susceptible due to its softness and natural thinness. The result is the rash, which is itchy and at times painful, especially when friction occurs between the baby’s skin and a new diaper…..Read more…..

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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