Looking for extreme diaper rash remedies that are easy, natural and work? Look no further! These simple and effective remedies will have your little one feeling better in no time!
There is nothing worse than going to change your infant’s diaper and finding a redraw bottom. It’s inevitable that your baby will experience diaper rash at some point no matter how careful you are.
But don’t worry these tips will show you how you can naturally get rid of diaper rash on your newborn, baby or toddler. As well as tips to prevent diaper rash.
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Natural Diaper Rash Remedies
Cornflour (a.k.a cornstarch) is probably one of the most well known natural diaper rash remedies.
It can be used straight from the box, but it actually seems to work even better if you toast it first. I don’t know why but it just does!
Luckily toasting it is easy. Simply spread the cornflour on a baking sheet and dry at 150°C in the oven for 10 minutes.
Let the flour cool before applying!
Cornstarch helps soothe irritated and itchy skin making it perfect for treating diaper rash and the good news is there are also different ways to use it!
Directly on the skin –
Clean your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and a cotton ball/soft washcloth and pat dry, do not rub!
Lightly dust the cooled-down toasted cornflour over your baby’s bottom and diaper. You should see improvement within one day.
Cornflour bath –
add 1 cup cornflour to your baby’s bath and let them soak in the solution for 10 – 15 minutes.
Pat dry, and leave your baby diaper free for a while, or sprinkle some directly on the skin.
Ancient Egyptians used honey for a vast array of health issues thanks to its medicinal properties.
Honey is excellent for healing wounds and burns thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it perfect to treat diaper rash.
When treating diaper rash with honey make sure the skin is clean first and that you use Manuka Honey as it still contains the therapeutic properties that are usually stripped out in regular honey.
Start by dabbing the skin gently with lukewarm water and a cotton ball or soft washcloth.
Leave the skin to air dry and apply the honey to the affected areas and put a clean diaper back on.
When it’s time to change diapers, gently rinse off the honey and allow baby’s bottom to air dry.
Another great thing about honey is that it also nourishes the surrounding skin!
Warning: If your child is under 12 months of age, make sure they don’t ingest any as honey can cause botulism.
Applying petroleum jelly onto diaper rash provides your baby’s skin with a protective barrier allowing the rash to heal.
While fenugreek is famous for helping mother’s increase their breastmilk supply, it can also be used to soothe diaper rash!
To use fenugreek on diaper rash you want to get fenugreek powder.
Clean your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and dab dry. Apply the fenugreek powder directly to the skin, like you were applying baby powder.
Alternatively, you can make a paste by mixing the powder with water and applying to the irritated areas.
Breastmilk is often referred to as liquid gold because of the endless benefits it supplies to not only infants but to mothers too!
To use breastmilk on diaper rash simply express some milk and apply to your baby’s clean bottom.
Allow the breastmilk to dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
You can also make a breastmilk bath, by pouring expressed milk into your baby’s bathtub until it’s milky white. Let your infant soak in the solution for 10-15 minutes.
Once out of the bath, allow your baby’s bottom to air dry before putting on a clean diaper.
Calendula is a plant that is related to marigolds. But this pretty flower does more than just look pretty!
The flower heads of Calendula have long been used to treat skin irritations and rashes.
The plant contains antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties! Making it PERFECT to treat your baby’s rash.
You can either buy Calendula oil or make your own spray!
To make Calendula Spray:
- Cut the flower heads off the plant and allow them to dry
- Once dry pick off the petals
- Put petals in a bowl and cover with 24oz of boiling water
- Let steep for 1-2 hours
- Once cool, strain the liquid into a bottle or spray bottle
Using calendula on diaper rash
Apply the solution to your baby’s clean bottom up to four times per day and let dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
Chamomile is another flower that is packed with benefits!
The chamomile flower is hypoallergenic and contains anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Although it’s famously used as a calming and stress reducing tea, the benefits of applying chamomile topically are equally as impressive.
From soothing and healing burns and rashes to eliminating free radicals, chamomile is a great choice for treating diaper rash.
To treat diaper rash with chamomile
- Steep 2-3 chamomile tea bags in a cup of boiling water
- Allow to cool
- Soak a cotton cloth, or piece of clean cotton fabric in the tea
- Squeeze out excess tea and lay in a clean diaper
- Leave in the diaper until next diaper change
Alternatively, you can use the tea as a wipe solution.
Soak a soft washcloth or cotton ball in the cold tea solution and apply to your baby’s clean bottom. Allow to air dry.
If using chamomile tea make a fresh cup each day.
What’s one of the first things you reach for when you’re sunburnt? Aloe Vera of course!
Aloe is famous for it’s ability to soothe skin irritations and burns.
Aloe contains not only anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties but also vitamin E which helps to nourish the skin.
Aloe is also gentle on the skin, making it an ideal choice for treating and soothing your little one’s diaper rash.
How to use Aloe Vera to treat diaper rash
You can use store bought pure aloe vera gel or if your lucky enough to have your own aloe plant, simple break off an aloe leaf and squeeze the gel out.
Apply the gel to your baby’s clean bottom and allow to soak in. Re-apply as needed during diaper changes.
Coconut oil contains several health benefits for the skin. This oil helps to not only keep skin moisturized but also heal and soothe skin irritations and burns.
To use coconut oil for diaper rash simply apply topically to the affected areas. Make sure your baby’s bottom is clean and dry first.
Let the oil sink into the skin before putting on a new diaper.
Oatmeal might not spring to mind when you’re trying to alleviate your newborn’s diaper rash but this kitchen staple is magic for the skin.
Oats are excellent at soothing skin irritations and rashes fast!
The first thing you will want to do is fill the baby’s bath with lukewarm water.
Then you have two options, you can either grind the oats into flour and stir directly into the bath water or fill some cheesecloth or pantyhose with some rolled oats and tie the top with an elastic band so the oats don’t come out.
Wait until the water turns milky white before putting your child into the bath.
Let your baby soak in the bath for 10-20 minutes (supervised of course!)
After the bath, allow your baby’s skin to air dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
Zinc Oxide Powder
Look at most diaper rash creams on the market and most will contain Zinc Oxide Powder (a natural mineral).
That’s because zinc oxide is great at healing wounds, rashes, and burns FAST, as well as a whole host of other skin conditions.
You can apply zinc oxide by either mixing the powder together with some coconut oil or sprinkle on like baby powder.
Things To Avoid With Diaper Rash
Avoid soaps that contain chemicals or are scented. These soaps can dry out the skin and cause more irritations.
Choose a gentle and natural soap like Baby Miracles Organic Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
Wet Wipes That Contain Alcohol/Fragrances
Avoid using wet wipes that contain alcohol, fragrances, and chemicals. These can make skin irritations much worse and not to mention more painful!
Instead, choose water-based wipes, or use a soft cotton washcloth with water.
Preventing Diaper Rash
Diaper Free Time
One of the easiest ways to treat and prevent diaper rash is to give your baby diaper free time!
Now you might be thinking about the mess that might entail, but it’s really not that bad if you are prepared.
Aim to keep your baby diaper free for several hours a day to allow the skin to breathe. The more time your baby is diaper free the less likely they are to suffer diaper rash.
Place a waterproof sheet under some old towels and let your baby lay on top.
You might need a few “old towels” laying around but the benefits far outweigh the extra load of washing.
You can also place an unfastened diaper under your child during naptime to still allow some air circulation in for the skin to breath and heal faster.
Change Diapers Frequently
Changing your baby’s diapers frequently will help to prevent diaper rash.
While there are some diapers that have indicators on them when they are “full” It’s best just to change them regularly throughout the day whether they are soiled or not.
Don’t wait for diapers to be full before changing!
Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years! there are so many options available to make them just as fast an convenient as disposable diapers.
The benefits though are that your baby will have natural fibers against their skin, thus significantly reducing the risk of rashes caused by diapers and synthetic materials.
Not to mention that you’ll save a ton of money in the long run on diapers and it’s better for our planet!
Change Diaper Brands
Sometimes diaper rashes can be caused due to the actual diaper. If your little one is regularly getting diaper rash a good idea is to change diaper brands.
Look for natural diaper brands that don’t contain any chemicals like these honest diapers that are made with plant fibers.
While it’s inevitable that your baby will experience diaper rash at some point, you can greatly reduce the chances of it by giving your baby plenty of diaper free time every day.
There are lots of natural remedies to try as mentioned above which you probably already have in your home or garden! These natural remedies for treating diaper rash work!
If you’re really worried, consult your baby’s pediatrician and remember to always trust your instincts!
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