No mother wants her baby to suffer from any problem, but diaper rash is the most common problem among children that mothers have to deal with. Diaper rash is the redness developed due to inflamed skin on diaper area. It may be caused due to several reasons like change in diet; in response to diet the breastfeeding mother is taking, chemicals in lotion, baby wipes, soaps, and not changing diaper for a long period. Some children have more sensitive skin than others. Friction due to rubbing against the skin also causes diaper rashes. If taken lightly, these rashes can lead to bacterial infection. Here are some easiest home remedies to get rid of diaper rash.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
Vinegar’s acidic properties cure diaper rashes as the bacteria causing rashes are alkaline in nature. If you are using reusable (cloth), instead of using detergent, wash them in the vinegar solution. To make this solution, add 1½ cups of vinegar in half bucket of water.
Vaseline is a perfect home remedy for diaper rash. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the affected area each time you change a diaper. Make sure you wash your baby’s bottom with warm water and dry it well with a soft towel before applying Vaseline.
3. Baking Powder
Baking powder is considered one of the best home remedies to cure diaper rash. Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in 3-4 cups of water. Dip a washcloth in this solution and wash your baby’s skin with it. Then use another dry washcloth to pat the skin dry. Now fasten the diaper.
- For severe diaper rash treatment, prepare a mixture of 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of epsom salt or colloidal oatmeal in warm water to give a bath to your baby. This method reduces yeast infection.
Application of cornstarch on the rashes helps reduce inflammation and friction caused due to elastic in diaper. Fill the bath tub with warm water. Add baking soda (2 teaspoons) in it. Bathe your baby with this water to give him/her relief from diaper rash.
Note – Do not use this remedy if the umbilical cord of the baby has not fallen.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil’s moisturizing and anti-fungal properties make it an excellent natural remedy for diaper rash. Apply coconut oil on the bottom area of your baby each time you change his/her diaper. Let the oil get soaked completely.
- For the treatment of severe rash, mix a few drops of tea tree in the coconut oil. Apply it on the affected area.
Oatmeal is a natural and affordable way to treat diaper rash. Oatmeal is rich in protein. Oatmeal bath soothes baby’s skin. Grind 3/4th cup of oatmeal to make a powder. Add it to lukewarm bath water. Soak your baby in it for 10-15 minutes.
Until the child is breastfeeding, he/she has least chances of developing rashes. So, a mother should not stop breastfeeding the baby.
- Apply a few drops of breast milk on the infected area. Let it dry in the air. Then put on the diaper.
In order to prevent rashes from getting worse, wash your hand each time you change the diaper of your baby so that bacteria doesn’t spread on other parts of the child’s body.
9. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice prevents diaper rashes by preventing bacteria that causes rashes. Give 2-3 ounces regularly to your baby.
Note – Your baby should be old enough for consuming this juice.
10. Egg Whites
Egg is a very powerful remedy for lots of problems, including diaper rash. All you have to do is crack 3-4 eggs. Take egg white and apply it on the affected area. Diaper rashes will fade away within a few days.
11. Olive Oil
The moisturizing properties of olive oil give soothing effect to the skin and helps cure diaper rashes effectively. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil in 1 teaspoon of water. Apply it to the bottom of your baby.
12. Cod Liver Oil
Although this remedy is not a very popular one but works wonders for curing diaper rash. Just cut the tip of 3-4 cod liver capsules and apply the oil onto your baby’s skin and rub gently.
13. Oil Massage
Oils like almond oil, sesame oil, and jojoba oil are very helpful in curing diaper rash blisters. After giving your baby a bath, let the diaper area dry well and apply any of these oils onto the affected area.
Herbal Remedies to Get Rid of Diaper Rash
Have a look at some of the natural remedies for diaper rash.
14. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is considered good for all types of skin problems and one of the best diaper rash remedies. Apply aloe vera gel to heal diaper rashes quickly.
15. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed has anti-fungal property, so it soothes the skin of your baby in an effective manner. Dissolve 3-4 drops of grapefruit seed extract in a teaspoon of water and apply on the affected area.
Note – Don’t apply it directly to your baby’s skin.
16. Tea Bags
Tea bags can cure diaper rashes within 2 hours. All you have to do is put 3-4 tea bags in the baby’s diaper. Tea bags release certain chemicals when comes in contact with urine that aids in relieving from diaper rash. You can apply it using cotton balls or just wash your baby’s bottom with it regularly.
- Keep your baby’s bottom clean and let them exposed to air for some time. Change diaper as soon as it gets wet.
- Whenever you change baby’s diaper, clean the diaper area with warm water and let it dry completely.
- Use soft washcloths rather than commercial diaper wipes.
- Say bye-bye to talcum powder as it may be harm your baby’s lungs since s/he can inhale it which, in turn, could lead to allergy on the skin.
- One of the reasons of diaper rash may be that the products (like shampoos, creams, detergent, and lotions) you are using for your baby might not suit him/her. Even diapers of a particular brand could be allergic on skin causing rashes. So change such products would with skin-friendly ones.
- Don’t use scented diaper wipes.
- Say a big ‘NO’ to plastic pants as they will only worsen the condition.
- Avoid over tight diapers. Like plastic pants, tight-fitting diapers do not allow the air to let in and create moist environment. They also create friction between skin and diaper resulting in rashes.
- Do not use fabric softener or fragrance containing detergents to wash cloth diapers.