Having a baby really is the most joyous miracle a person can experience throughout their adult life. Any parent will confess that holding their infant in their arms is the most beautiful feeling in the entire world. Nevertheless, parenthood will always have its ups and downs, and sometimes it seems like the challenges weigh down the balance. In the case of newborns, you will experience a true rollercoaster of happenings, from neonatal acne (tiny pink pimples on the face of your newborn), thrush (candida yeast infection), strep throat, blister or blisters on the lip, diarrhea, diaper rash, and then teething a little bit later on. A part of these symptoms may begin when they are babies and linger when they become toddlers, but there is no need to worry.
Possibly one of the most frequent (and frustrating, for that matter) conditions that a baby boy or girl (and even elder adults) can undergo is mild or severe types of diaper rash, sometimes with bleeding. If you just look at diaper rash photos, pictures or images is enough to give you goosebumps, and experiencing it with your own baby can feel like a nightmare come true. In order to better understand the situation, we should cover what a diaper rash is, how it manifests, what its causes are and then how you can treat it. The diaper rash phenomenon is pretty self-explanatory; it occurs when rashes appear on the skin of a baby or toddler in the diaper area, due to friction. The main symptom is developing irritated and reddened skin, while a yeast diaper rash is beefier and a more severe infection. The cause is obvious, but diaper rash might also be caused by allergies your baby might have.
Before you start panicking at the sight of pictures, you should know that diaper rash treatment is available under quite a few forms. If you want a medicated or commercial treatment, you can go for an AF (antifungal) powder or diaper rash cream, such as prescription hydrocortisone ointments and creams, from brands like Lotrimin, Aveeno, Corona, Aquaphor, Johnson Desitin zinc oxide cream, Paladin Soothing Relief or Nystatin ointment. We have to warn you that there is no best diaper rash cream out there, but we do believe that there is more than one cure or remedy that you can use to get rid of a bad case of diaper baby diaper rash or adult diaper rash. As a side note, we recommend that you do not use cornstarch as a remedy for diaper rash, even though it is one of the most popular remedies in this case; it will only encourage the growth of bacteria in the affected area. You already know that at Home Remedy Shop we love to help in treating problems in a fast and homemade way, so we will always choose natural treatments vs store bought ones. Without any further ado, here are our top 11 home remedies for diaper rash.
Little do people know that using yogurt can help heal D rash quickly and effectively. Make sure that you use plain yogurt with no sugar and put it directly on your baby’s bum, applying a consistent layer of this paste. Every time you change diapers, repeat the process and in no time your loved one’s booty will be healthy and picture perfect!
2. Shea Butter
We already know that shea butter does wonders for the skin, but not everybody knows that it has good reviews for healing even extreme diaper rash in babies. With strong anti fungal properties, shea butter really makes an amazing difference for your baby’s skin. It helps by reducing inflammation and naturally supporting the healing process. After cleaning the infected area with warm water and an easygoing soap, let your baby’s skin dry on its own before carefully applying shea butter to the area. My recommendation is that you use raw shea butter that you can prepare by rubbing a piece between your hands. After a couple of minutes you can apply a different new diaper.
3. Out with Baby Wipes, in with Wash Cloths
The best thing you can do to prevent your baby from developing diaper rash is simply by avoiding baby wipes. Many commercial brands use potentially dangerous chemicals and alcohol as ingredients to make their products, so you should think twice about buying some from the store if your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to diaper rash. Try using a clean wash cloth instead of a baby wipe and allow your infant to stay safe for a long time.
4. Coconut Oil
While coconuts are one of our favorite sweet foods, they also have an astonishing amount of uses in home remedies. One of them, of course, is to treat diaper rash naturally. This home remedy is very simple to carry out, all you will need is virgin coconut oil to apply on your baby’s irritated bottom. You can repeat the process as you consider necessary, until the diaper rash disappears.
5. Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda is a well-known remedy for healing baby rash that actually works. You can carry out this solution in two ways, depending on your preferences. You can prepare a baking soda bath for your baby by putting two tablespoons into the bath tub. If you choose this method, make sure that you allow your baby to sit in the water for roughly ten minutes and that you repeat the process three times daily for fast relief. An alternative is to take the same amount of two tablespoons and add them to a few cups of water to dissolve. Before you change your baby’s diaper, wash its behind in this solution and gently pat the area.
It’s needless to say that apple cider vinegar is the triple threat of home remedies: antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory. You can use vinegar to naturally cure your baby’s diaper rash, as well. You can take one teaspoon of vinegar and add it to ½ cup of water. Stir well and then use the solution to pat on the irritated area with a clean cloth. This home remedy will help you fight off yeast and maintain your baby’s butt happy and healthy.
7. Mommy Milk
Believe it or not, breast milk is actually one of the most efficient home treatments for diaper rash. Not only is it completely free of charge, but it also allows you to rest assured that your baby will not have any allergies. Use a couple of drops of mommy milk to apply to the portion of skin with diaper rash and let it dry naturally before changing diapers. You always have this solution at hand, so consider it if you ever find yourself in this situation as a young mother.
8. Change Diaper Brand
Sometimes the answer for your problems is right under your nose without you knowing it. The brand of diapers that you choose for your baby might be the cause he or she is developing diaper rash. Each company uses different materials and substances in your products, and your baby might be allergic or sensitive to these. Most people realize this when having tried all other alternative homemade solutions and not getting any results, so sometimes simply changing the manufacturing company of diapers you use could do the trick.
For fast and natural relief, oatmeal is the home remedy to go for when looking to treat diaper rash. The saponin and protein included in the composition of oatmeal promote quick and safe healing that will stop the pain and fix the problem. Whip up a warm bath for your baby and put in one tablespoon of oatmeal (dry). Allow your baby to soak in this oatmeal bath for around a quarter of an hour for the remedy to work. Repeat about two to three times a day until the rash is gone.
10. Diaper Break
Not all home remedies will work if your baby’s bottom remains in a moist environment. In order for the irritated skin to heal, it needs fresh air and to remain dry (this is the same case for many open wounds and irritations in children and adults alike). You might want to consider taking a break from diapers and letting your child’s skin breathe to be cured. Make sure that they stay on a clean surface in their crib and start using diapers again when the rash has disappeared.
11. Egg White
A fast and reliable solution to get rid of diaper rash is probably in your refrigerator as we speak. Egg whites have proven to have a great effect on baby skin to leave it rash-free. All you have to do is whisk an egg white briefly and apply it to the rash gently, but generously. You can keep what remains and store it in a cool environment for the next three times you change your baby’s diaper. You will notice delightful results in a matter of hours and your baby will surely be silently thanking you soon.
Aloe Vera Aloe Vera was one of my favorite natural remedies to use before my babies even had the chance to get diaper rash. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal benefits. Since it is gentle enough for all skin problems, I would apply aloe vera gel to get relief from the rashes quickly. Chamomile tea Another way to help stop itching due to diaper rash is chamomile tea. So easy to make one cup of boiling water soak a tea bag for 10 minutes and put in the refrigerator till needed. When cooled down, I just apply on the rash to get relief on the irritated area. If I was out and wanted to get a quick relief due to babies diaper rash, I carried chamomile essential oils. Essential Oil Another safe idea for diaper rash is to squeeze a vitamin E capsule and apply its oil on the rash-affected skin. This is an excellent remedy also put 2 drops of calendula essential oil in half a cup of boiled water let it soak for at least 10 minutes. Allow it to cool down and apply on the rash. Calendula helps eliminate harmful bacteria, which is what causes the rashes on the skin. Oatmeal Put warm water in your babies bath tub and add uncooked Oatmeal this is soothing to the babies skin. I there is not enough time and you need a quick relief, apply wet room temperature oatmeal to area with the rash. Ice Pack Wrap a soft ice pack in a clean dry wash cloth place in a clean diaper on baby only leave for 3 minutes. While you prepare Holy Basil mix with ground up holy basil leaves mix in a tablespoon of olive oil. Take the ice pack out and gently apply the mixture to babies bottom this remedy relieves very itching rash.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.