When your baby’s bottom is bright red and wiping it produces wails of pain, you become frantic to stop the suffering fast. Staring at the long aisle of baby care products can feel overwhelming and the constant struggle to provide natural remedies can leave you with a big question mark hanging over your head. I’ve put together a list of home remedies for diaper rashes to give you a place to start and hopefully quick and safe relief for your little one!
From baking soda baths for diaper rash to coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, most of these treatments are made with products you have at home.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rashes
There are dozens of creams on the market that are very effective. My goal with home remedies for diaper rashes was to give you all-natural choices with every day products. I think the essential oils are the only expensive item on the list. Most of these solutions are in your pantry (baking soda, apple cider vinegar, olive oil).
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The Scariest of All Home Remedies for Diaper Rashes: Get Some Air…
to that baby bottom! Letting your child crawl around without a diaper on definitely increases your chances of cleaning up a mess, but it will also go a long way in curing the rash.
I shoot for 20 minutes a couple of times a day.
Baking Soda for Diaper Rash
Baking soda is great for diaper rash for several reasons.
- It is antibacterial and antifungal so it kills the organisms that are infecting the skin.
- Baking soda restores ph balance to the skin.
- Baking soda is known to help with itching associated with irritated skin.
A nurse taught me this home remedy for diaper rash years ago and it is my go to.
Baking soda bath for diaper rash. Put several tablespoons of baking soda into your child’s bath and let them soak for 15-20 minutes. Dry off and apply coconut oil to the infected area. Be careful, baking soda makes the tub slippery!
Baking soda paste can be made with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Mix together and apply to the infected area. Let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse off. Again, I always apply coconut oil after a baking soda treatment.
Homemade Baby Wipes
When my daughter was having an ugly series of diaper rashes, I discovered she was allergic to the wipes and began making my own. I had no idea what I was doing and basically just cut up a couple of old t-shirts, stuck them in a wet wipe container with a little bit of water and that is what I used. Plain water did not sting her bottom the way the alcohol and other preservatives in store bought wipes did.
If I were to do it now, I’d do it differently. These two recipes for homemade baby wipes are quick and easy and will avoid irritating your baby’s skin.
DIY Baby Wipes by Green Child Magazine uses olive oil, aloe vera, and Dr.Bronner’s Unscented Castile soap.
Full of Days also has Easy 3 Ingredient Homemade Baby Wipes using avocado oil, baby shampoo and essential oils.
Home remedies for diaper rash don’t have to be complicated or expensive!
Coconut Oil for Diaper Rashes
If baking soda for diaper rash is not your thing and you don’t see yourself making homemade wipes, how about coconut oil? I am a fan of coconut oil for a multitude of all-natural cures. I use it on scrapes and cuts, to moisturize my skin, and for sunburns. It works well on eczema, diaper rashes, and dry winter skin. Coat your baby’s bum with oil after each diaper change.
Essential Oils for Diaper Rashes
While coconut oil works wonderfully for healing the skin and creating a barrier, I have found that it works better when mixed with a couple of drops of essential oils.
I use lavender, but Tea Tree Oil is also known to help. Any home remedy is going to work best with good quality ingredients so be sure to buy your essential oils from a reputable company.
This isn’t only a home remedy for diaper rash, it also takes the sting out of sunburns!
Olive oil has wonderful moisturizing properties, but does it work on diaper rash? Yes, it does! It creates a barrier and soothes the skin. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, give olive oil a try! It’s best when mixed with a little water and applied several times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
No list of natural cures would be complete without apple cider vinegar, but as a home remedy for diaper rash?? You bet!
I tsp of apple cider vinegar mixed into one cup of water. Use a clean cloth to wash your baby’s bottom with this solution. Apple cider vinegar has antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral properties, making it a perfect home remedy for diaper rashes! I have also heard that it works on sunburn, but haven’t tried it yet myself.
I use aloe for burns and eczema, but did you know you can add it to the list of home remedies for diaper rashes? Rub a bit of gel on your baby’s bum a couple of times a day and its anti-inflammatory properties should bring your baby some relief and heal the redness.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rashes can be as Easy as Changing Things Up
Diaper rashes can be caused by irritants in various products that touch your child’s skin. Try changing things up a bit, especially those listed here:
- diapers- all-natural can be expensive, but oftentimes better for your child’s skin. Cloth diapering mamas make the same claim!
- wet wipes
- laundry detergent
- dryer sheets
- soap (We had to go to sensitive skin, no dyes or perfumes soap when my son broke out in eczema. It turned out to be a healthier choice for us all the way around)
Home Remedies for Diaper Rashes
Hopefully, you have found something here that will help heal your little one’s bum and bring some relief! Home remedies for diaper rashes are like anything else, you sometimes have to experiment to see what works best for your baby.
Do you have a go-to cure for diaper rashes? I’d love for you to share it with me in the comments below!
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