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Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Updated on June 27, 2019

Diaper rash

Diaper rash can be the cause of many things, prolonged sitting in urine or feces, an allergic reaction to medications or diapers, and diarrhea. Is your little one in pain due to a bad diaper rash that you just can not seem to get rid of? I have some tips and home remedies for you to try from your very own home. Most of the ingredients you may already have at home.

Before applying the baby's diaper, here are some quick tips.

  • Make sure you wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
  • Check your baby's diaper often, changing it as soon after he uses it.
  • Use water and mild soap to wash the baby's bottom.
  • If you use wipes, avoid getting the ones with fragrance as they can irritate the skin further. I use unscented wipes or wipes with shea butter infused.
  • Be sure to completely clean and dry before putting on a new diaper.
  • If you want, you can also wear gloves when touching your baby's bottom, that way the salt and oils on your hand will not touch the baby's rash. The salt and oil on your skin can hurt the baby.

Bad rashes call for extra measures!

Here are some home remedies or alternatives to diaper rash cream.

  • Mix a combination of water and a tablespoon of baking soda and dab (do not rub) it on the rash. This will help soothe the diaper rash and clear it up quicker. You can also let the baby sit in a bath with a few tablespoons of baking soda added.
  • If you do decide to use a diaper rash cream, I would prefer using a 40% zinc oxide. Read the back of the diaper rash creams for one that reads 40% zinc oxide on the ingredients.
  • Cornstarch is the same as baby powder, so be careful not to let the baby breathe it in. If inhaled it can cause asthma.
  • You can also use olive oil as an alternative to over the counter diaper rash creams.
  • For the mothers who breastfeed, try putting some of that liquid gold onto your babies diaper rash. Breast milk does a lot more than just nourish your baby's little tummy.
  • You could also use ACV (apple cider vinegar). My opinion about ACV is I would not personally use it because of the acid in the vinegar could sting the baby's bottom. I would not want to cause more pain to my baby, but a lot of women and men recommend this method.
  • Coconut oil can also be an alternative to diaper rash cream.
  • Browned flour is another option that works similar to cornstarch and should not be inhaled because of the possibility of the baby getting asthma.

Most of these I have used as my personal experience as a mother. If you use any of the tips and remedies above, I hope they helped your little one. If you have any home remedies you have tried with your little ones that are not listed above, please leave a comment about them below and how they helped your baby's diaper rash.

© 2019 Miranda Scott

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      Jen Greenlees 

      9 months ago from Wadsworth, OH

      These are all great remedies to know! Thanks so much!

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