All babies get diaper rash from time to time, and you might treat your baby’s sore, red bottom by applying an over-the-counter diaper rash cream or ointment. However, home remedies for diaper rash can work just as well.
Diaper rash is the redness developed due to the inflamed skin on the diaper area. It may be caused due to change in diet; response to diet the breastfeeding mother is taking, chemicals in lotion, baby wipes, soaps, and not changing a diaper for a long period, etc….
Some children have more sensitive skin than others, and friction due to rubbing against the skin also causes diaper rashes. If not taken seriously, these rashes can lead to bacterial infection. Diaper rash can result from:
- sensitive skin
- antibiotics are taken by the baby or their nursing mother
- irritation by stool and urine
- new foods or products
- a too-tight diaper
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
Here are some easiest home remedies to get rid of diaper rash.
Vinegar’s acidic properties cure diaper rashes. This is because; the bacteria causing rashes are alkaline in nature. If you are using reusable (cloth), wash them in the vinegar solution, instead of using detergent. To make this vinegar solution, add 1½ cups of vinegar in half bucket of water.
Vaseline is an ideal home remedy for diaper rash. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the affected area each time you change a diaper, and make sure you wash your baby’s bottom with warm water and dry it well with a soft towel before applying the Vaseline.
Use an Essential Oil Spray
Like many mothers, you may have heard about the healing powers of pure essential oils. Make a diaper rash spray to heal your baby’s rash using almond, tea tree and lavender essential oils mixed with water. Store the mixture in a plastic spray bottle for subsequent usage.
Try a Little Tea with Honey
This recipe combines two cups of chamomile tea with a teaspoon of honey in a spray bottle, which is then sprayed the diaper rash throughout the day. The chamomile and honey act as an antiseptic aid to the skin’s healing.
Heal that rash by applying aloe vera gel directly to your baby’s sore area. You can use either fresh or bottled aloe vera gel to manage and treat the inflammation.
Apply coconut oil on the bottom area of your baby each time you change his/her diaper since coconut oil’s moisturizing and anti-fungal properties make it an excellent natural remedy for diaper rash.
Let the oil get soaked completely, and for the treatment of severe rash, mix a few drops of tea tree in the coconut oil, and apply it to the affected area.
The moisturizing properties of olive oil give a soothing effect to the skin and help cure diaper rashes. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil in 1 teaspoon of water, and apply it to the bottom area of your baby.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is not a very popular remedy 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 massage gently.
Treatments To Avoid
When it comes to preventing and treating diaper rash, you have to be careful of the things you use on your baby’s soft skin.
- Avoid using highly fragranced products, including fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products are much less irritating for your little one.
- Put your baby in clothes that are breathable, and avoid rubber pants or tight plastic covers over a diaper. This can promote a moist, hot environment.
- You should also refrain from using baby powder on your babies because they can inhale it, which can harm their lungs.
- Cornstarch is another remedy that isn’t safe to use on little ones because they can also inhale the powder and irritate or harm their lungs. Cornstarch can also worsen the rashes that are caused by the fungus Candida.
Your baby’s rash can develop into a secondary fungal or yeast infection called candida, which appears bright red and raw, and can sometimes be found in the creases of the skin with spots of the red rash outside of the diaper area on the abdomen or thighs.
Check with your doctor or nurse for a diagnosis if you notice these symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal cream if they think your baby has developed a fungal diaper rash.
Also, if your child becomes difficult to console or seems to be in pain related to their diaper rash, then, you should call your child’s pediatrician.