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Causes of Diaper Rash

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

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For every mother taking care of her newborn can be one of the most special and rewarding experiences of her life, however, for giving a full attention to the baby care, it needs thorough research and proper knowledge. A mother has to undergo several problematic situations while taking care of her baby. One of the most common problem is of diaper rash. Therefore, to cater this worry, this post describes the effective home remedies for diaper rash. 

Diaper rash is a very common concern among the babies and children who are the users of the diaper. It is characterized by rashes in the diaper area, with an inflamed red skin and blisters which is usually visible in upper thighs, genital area and buttocks. Due to diaper rash, children suffer a lot, because they feel very irritable and itchy skin.

Hence, before understanding the home remedies for diaper rash, let us know the causes behind the diaper rash.

Causes of Diaper Rash:

There are several factors that leads to the occurrence of diaper rash.

  • The prolonged exposure to the wet diaper, as continuous chafing or rubbing leads to skin irritation.
  • Yeast infections – These are the infections caused due to fungus. It is caused as the diaper area is warm and moist.
  • Low Brand Diapers/ brand’s cheap replica – the raw materials used in the production of these cheap diapers can be of low quality.
  • Not keeping the genitals of your baby clean.
  • Sensitivity to the diaper – In some situations, you may find your baby’s skin too sensitive for the use of any diapers.

Besides using diaper rash cream and following up with our pediatrician for diaper rash treatment there are few but effective home remedies are there to tackle diaper rashes.

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash:

1. Mother’s milk/ simply breast milk.

Mother’s milk is one of the safest and the simplest option to treat diaper rashes. It is known to provide your baby with nutrients it needs to combat various infections in the body, however, at the same time it is also good for alleviating diaper rash.

Method:

  • Simply apply a few drops of breast milk on the affected area of your baby’s skin.
  • Massage it gently and allow to dry.
  • This remedy will heal your baby’s rashes quickly and also aid in soothing the skin.

2. Shea butter

You can apply an organic Shea butter for on the baby’s skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties due to which it helps in combating the yeast diaper rash. It is a natural moisturizer and analgesic which helps to relief pain as well. This remedy will also prevent its future occurrence. Follow the simple method described as under for applying this preferred home remedies to diaper rash.

home remedies for diaper rash

Method:

  • Clean the affected area with lukewarm water.
  • Now, dry the affected area with the help of soft towel.
  • Then apply shea butter on the irritated skin to soothe the itch and pain.
  • Let the shea butter set on you baby’s skin.

3. Corn starch

If rashes on your baby’s skin has appeared due to lack of moisture, so this is one of the best effective home remedies for diaper rash. Remember, if the diaper rash is due to the yeast infection, then avoid using Corn Starch as it can worsen the condition.

 

home remedies for diaper rash

Method:

  • Firstly gently clean the affected skin of your baby.
  • Let your baby’s skin gets dry completely.
  • Now take a pinch of cornstarch and sprinkle it on baby’s affected skin.

4. Coconut Oil

This is one of the best and natural home remedies for diaper rash. Coconut oil will aid in soothing the affected skin, reduces the redness and also itchiness caused by diaper as it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal in nature.

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Method:

  • Wipe your baby’s affected skin gently and let it dry completely.
  • Apply coconut oil with cotton swab over the area which has been affected by rashes.

5. Vinegar

As urine being alkaline in nature so it can burn baby’s skin like an acid. Therefore, for balancing pH value, vinegar is the best option to combat rash and irritation caused by diaper rash.

Method:

  • Take white vinegar (1 Tbsp) and water (one cup). Mix white vinegar in water. This will form a very weak vinegar solution. 
  • Wipe your baby’s bottom with this solution every time while you change diaper. This will in turn make your baby’s bottom resistant to yeast. Further rashes will settle down very quickly.

If you use reusable/ cloth diapers for your baby:

Method:

  • Take vinegar (half-cup) and water (half-bucket). Mix vinegar in water.
  • Rinse your baby’s diapers.
  • This will prevent soap building in diapers and also combats well with urine smell.

6. Petroleum Jelly and Cornstarch

Petroleum Jelly is best for healing diaper rash as it assists in protecting the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and faeces. Moreover, it prevents further infection. Therefore, this method is also one of the easy home remedies to diaper rash.

home remedies for diaper rashMethod:

  • Take two table spoons of petroleum jelly and a pinch of cornstarch.
  • Add cornstarch in petroleum jelly. 
  • Mix it well so that it becomes a thick cream.
  • Then apply this thick cream to the areas which has been affected by diaper rashes.
  • Let it settle down for 10- 15 minutes. And then wipe out the cream with lukewarm water.
  • Let the area dry.

7. Olive Oil

Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties hence it is considered best as a home remedies to diaper rash. Make sure an olive oil should be organic in nature.

home remedies for diaper rash

Method:

  • Firstly wipe your baby’s affected skin with clean water.
  • Make sure your baby’s skin is completely dry before you apply olive oil.
  • Take Olive Oil (1-2 tbsp) and water (1 tbsp). Mix olive oil and water so well that it becomes white milky emulsion.
  • Apply this mixture to baby’s skin which has been affected by rashes.

 8. Bath with warm water

For healing the diaper rash, bathe your baby with warm water. Make sure the water should not be so warm. This is one of the most effective home remedies for diaper rash for babies.

home remedies for diaper rash

Method:

  • Fill baby’s bath tub with lukewarm water.
  • Make your baby sit in that lukewarm water tub for 10-15 minutes.
  • Takeout your baby from the water. Use very soft towel and wipe it very gently.

Note: 

  • Do not use the diapers until the rashes get cured completely as continuous use can aggravate the condition.
  • Give your baby a daily bath. Always keep the genitals of your baby clean with the help of a fresh water.
  • Keep the diaper area moisturised and nourished with the help of a good baby lotion.
  • Do not apply any chemical-based oil, unless it is been prescribed by the doctor.
  • Always wipe your baby with soft towel and that too very gently.

So, these were the best home remedies for diaper rash. Hope, you will find it useful.

Prevention is always better than cure. Read the article “How to avoid diaper rash” so that your baby never faces such situation. 

Disclaimer: Please remember, the above mentioned home remedies for diaper rash is for general solution. If the rashes seem to be worsened, please consult the doctor immediately. Diaper rashes when left untreated can lead to many other consequences.

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