Diaper rash is one of the most common ailments in babies. These rashes can have different causes, but the most common are friction and exposure to moisture. The most useful method of combatting diaper rash is frequent diaper changes, but this doesn’t always work as once the rash appears, it can become infected by yeast or bacteria. Many diaper rash treatments you purchase at the store contain unnecessary chemicals and other irritants most parents do not want to add to their children’s regime. Here are 12 of these natural home remedies for diaper rash you can use to protect sensitive skin from irritation, swelling, and infection.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for diaper rash. This natural extract contains lauric acid and caprylic acid which treat bacterial, fungal, and yeast problems very well. Using coconut oil for diaper rash also creates a barrier from moisture on baby’s skin. There are many recipes for using coconut oil to treat rashes. Most call for creating an ointment to treat diaper rashes. Here is one recipe to try out.
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Shea butter
- 1 Tablespoon of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- A small saucepan
- Electric mixer
- Melt ½ cup of Shea butter, ¼ cup of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of beeswax in a small saucepan.
- After the mixture is completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.
- Use a mixer to blend until creamy.
- Store the diaper rash cream in an airtight container to cool. Once it is cool, use the ointment between diaper changes to treat the rash.
The friction of a baby’s diaper, combined with moisture, can lead to diaper rash. Cornstarch absorbs excess moisture, keeps the rash cool, and eases friction. Cornstarch works especially well in the hot summer months. One precaution when using cornstarch is to make sure the rash is not infected with yeast as the latter will actually eat the cornstarch and will grow. This is why you need to be certain of the cause and type of the rash before using home remedies. Aside from rashes caused by yeast, using cornstarch for diaper rash is a great home remedy.
- Two tablespoons of cornstarch
- One tablespoon of petroleum jelly
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Heat 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly in a microwave-safe bowl for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the melted petroleum jelly.
- Apply to the affected area and let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe with a warm wet cloth. Repeat the treatment twice a day for diaper rash.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda neutralizes acids found in urine and discourages the growth of yeast, bacteria, and infection. This makes it perfect for preventing and treating diaper rash. Instead of applying the baking soda as a paste, try making a baking soda bath. A baking soda bath for diaper rash is an excellent home remedy.
- Three tablespoons of baking soda
- 4 cups of warm water
- Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda into 4 cups of warm water.
- Soak a clean washcloth in the solution and use it to wash baby’s bottom. Pat dry and avoid rubbing the skin to prevent irritation.
- Do not rinse the skin. Allow the solution to remain on baby’s skin. Make sure to use a clean cloth every time this method is used.
Vinegar is one of the best home diaper rash treatments. It neutralizes the high pH of urine that can cause diaper rash. To use it to treat diaper rash, make sure to use a highly diluted solution. In addition to using vinegar to clean baby’s bottom, try using a vinegar solution to wash cloth diapers instead of laundry detergent.
- One teaspoon of white vinegar
- One cup of water
- Mix one teaspoon of white vinegar with one cup of water.
- Using a clean cloth, wipe baby’s bottom with the solution. Let the area dry before putting a new diaper on.
Oatmeal is soothing to baby’s skin and helps to preserve the skin’s protective layer. This makes it an excellent diaper rash home remedy. Try adding oatmeal to baby’s bath to soothe irritated skin.
- One tablespoon of dried oatmeal
- Warm water
- Add one tablespoon of dried oatmeal to bath water.
- Let the baby soak in the water for 15 minutes.
- Use this oatmeal bath twice a day to heal diaper rash.
6. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly acts as a barrier against the baby’s skin. Applying a layer of petroleum jelly after every diaper change not only prevents diaper rash but also prevents exacerbation of already irritated skin. The barrier it creates makes it one of the better diaper rash remedies.
- Petroleum jelly
- Warm water
- Clean baby’s skin with warm water.
- Pat the skin dry and apply a layer of petroleum jelly before putting on a new diaper.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has amazing properties. It contains an anti-inflammatory component, infection-fighting properties, and vitamin E. It not only treats the rash but also soothes baby’s skin and keeps it healthy. If used in a gel or ointment, it creates a barrier of protection against moisture to prevent the rash from reoccurring. This makes aloe one of the best home remedies for severe diaper rash.
- Aloe Vera gel (the more pure, the better)
- Rub the aloe Vera gel on the rash gently, leaving enough to create a barrier on the skin.
8. Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of the best home remedies for diaper rash. It has anti-fungal, yeast -killing and anti-inflammatory properties to prevent and cure diaper rash.
- Shea butter
- Warm water
- Rinse baby’s bottom with warm water and allow the area to dry.
- Rub the shea butter between your hands until it melts and becomes soft. Gently rub the shea butter onto baby’s skin with your hands.
- Leave the shea butter on baby’s skin for a few minutes before putting on a new diaper.
9. Plantain Oil
Some diaper rashes result from allergic reactions. Plantain oils are very effective home remedies for diaper rash due to their anti-allergenic properties.
- Fresh plantain leaves or
- Plantain oil
- You can either use fresh plantain leaves by crushing them in your hands and rubbing the resulting oils in the skin or use plantain oil to rub onto the affected skin between diaper changes.
10. French Green Clay
French green clay has anti-yeast properties. Because many diaper rashes are caused by yeast, the clays can be effective diaper rash remedies. You can mix a bit with petroleum jelly to create an ointment or sprinkle some on the diaper rash directly to treat it.
- French green clay powder
- French green clay comes in powder form and can be sprinkled on the affected area during diaper changes to prevent the spread of the rash.
11. Egg White
Egg white creates a barrier between baby’s skin and the moisture of urine, or feces. This substance is high in protein which may help the skin heal faster. An added feature is it is something most of us have on hand in our refrigerator.
- Egg white
- Separate the white of the egg from the yolk.
- Using a clean cloth, apply the egg white to the skin and allow to air dry.
Yogurt is one of the most effective home remedies for diaper rash because it has anti-yeast properties. Yogurts must contain acidophilus cultures and be sugar-free for them to be diaper rash remedies. If you are breastfeeding, eating plain yogurt can transfer the yeast-killing cultures to your baby. If your baby is old enough to eat yogurt, try adding some to your baby’s diet.
- Plain, sugar-free yogurt with acidophilus cultures
- If your baby is too young for solid foods or is intolerant to yogurt, you can apply it as an ointment. These yogurt-containing ointments are excellent home remedies for diaper rash. Apply a thick layer of the yogurt to the rash, covering all of the affected areas.
- When changing baby’s diaper, remove old yogurt residue with a wet cloth and reapply.
While diaper rash is a common occurrence in babies, they can be a source of great discomfort. Many of the common diaper rash creams and ointments available to purchase are full of chemicals. Surprisingly, many of these chemicals can provoke allergic reactions in babies. Why add chemicals to your baby’s treatment when they are not necessary? Home remedies for diaper rash are numerous and easy to make.
If the rash has not subsided or appears to be getting worse, after a few days of treatment, consult your child’s physician.
What home remedies for diaper rash have you used in the past that have worked? Let us know below!