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It is very common for a small baby to suffer from diaper rash. It does not mean that the child is poorly cared for. However, if diaper rash isn’t treated, it can cause a yeast or bacterial infection, making matters worse.

Diaper rash is characterized by inflamed skin and a rash in the diaper area, which includes the upper thighs, buttocks and genital area.

The main cause of diaper rash is prolonged exposure to a dirty diaper, either moist with urine or soiled with stool. Other common causes are yeast infections, food allergies, digestive problems, sensitivity to the diaper, and poorly laundered diapers. Symptoms can include red skin, inflammation and even blisters.

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If your child gets diaper rash, you must give your baby plenty of time with a bare bottom so that the skin can breathe and eliminate moisture on its own. There also are many natural home treatments that you can try to comfort your child and speed up the healing process.

home remedies for diaper rash

Here are the top 10 home remedies for diaper rash.

1. Vinegar

Stale urine is extremely alkaline in nature and can burn a baby’s soft skin like an acid. To balance out the high pH, vinegar is one of the best ingredients.

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diaper rash home remedy

  • If you are using reusable diapers or cloth diapers, rinse them in a vinegar solution. Add one-half cup of vinegar to half a bucket of water and use it to rinse your baby’s diapers. This will help get rid of any soap buildup in the diapers as well as any urine smell.
  • Make a very weak vinegar solution by adding one teaspoon of white vinegar to one cup of water. Use this solution to wipe your baby’s bottom when changing the diaper. This simple step will help to make your baby’s bottom resistant to yeast.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda has healing properties that can help treat diaper rash.

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  • Dissolve two tablespoons of baking soda in about four cups of water. Each time you change your baby’s diaper, wash the baby’s bottom with the mixture. Use a dry washcloth to lightly pat the skin dry before putting on a clean diaper.
  • You can also add two tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water and give your baby a bath in it. Bathe the baby in the water for 10 minutes, three times a day. Again, make sure to pat the baby’s skin dry after bathing.

3. Petroleum Jelly

Many pediatricians recommend applying a thin layer of protective coating on the baby’s soft skin every time you change a diaper. Petroleum jelly is perfect for this purpose. It will help protect the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and feces.

  1. After removing a soiled diaper, clean your baby’s bottom with warm water.
  2. Dry it well with a cotton towel, and then apply petroleum jelly.
  3. Do this every time your baby needs a diaper changed, and the diaper rash will heal quickly.

4. Cornstarch

Cornstarch absorbs moisture, making it a great treatment for diaper rash. It will help keep your baby’s skin dry, reduce diaper friction and prevent diaper rash.

  1. Remove the soiled diaper and wash your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water.
  2. Carefully blot the skin dry with another cloth. Allow the skin to further dry naturally for a few moments.
  3. Lightly sprinkle cornstarch directly on the skin before putting a fresh diaper in place.
  4. Do this each time you change a diaper until the skin fully heals.

5. Oatmeal

The high amount of protein in oatmeal soothes a baby’s soft skin and helps preserve the skin’s natural protective barrier. It also contains the chemical compound saponin, which helps remove unwanted oils and dirt from the skin pores.

  1. Add one tablespoon of dried oatmeal to bath water.
  2. Let your baby soak in the water for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Then bathe your baby in the solution. It will have a soothing effect on the baby’s skin.
  4. Do this twice daily to heal diaper rash.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and hence can be used to treat diaper rash. It can also have a soothing and healing effect on the baby’s soft skin.

  • Coconut oil works like a great moisturizer. Gently apply some coconut oil on the diaper area several times a day.
  • You can even add several tablespoons of coconut oil to bath water for added moisturizing. It will help kill yeast like Candida that causes diaper rash, too.

Medic for Diaper Rash was last modified: December 31st, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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17 thoughts on “Medic for Diaper Rash”

  1. Hi
    In your post you have made clear that how diaper rash appears and why, you also suggested various very important solution for removing diaper rash. It’s great. I am also want to say that the main factor behind appearing diaper rash onto the bottom of baby is wearing diaper for a long span of time.
    So I would like to add that prevention is better than cure.
    Thanks for nice post.

    1. What’s your source? My baby flares because of food allergies and it can happen within hours of eating an offending food. This past flare up included rosy cheeks. I’d wager lots of diaper rash has to do with food intolerance–dairy, wheat, and acidic foods being the main culprits.

  2. Its my tested and trusted remedy and i ve always used it to cure diaper rash for my DD.
    Take a tablespoon of mustard oil and add a few drops of water in it.Then start beating it up with your finger until it becomes like egg yolk. Apply this to the baby’s skin (area affected with rash )and cover it with baby powder. then put the diaper on. The rash will be cured within 2 to 4 hours.

  3. Will try some of these… and very nice to know most of these are already in the house so no extra shopping needed. But to also add that some rashes come from repeated diaper changes and wiping. Due to upset tummies and sickness. So it makes it even better to not to have to go anywhere to buy anything.

  4. While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, this information has proven most valuable. My littlest one is teething and it seems to be causing her to have some of the worst diaper rashes I have seen. She has her daddy’s sensitive skin. She also sleeps a good portion of the night–often from about 8:30pm-6:30am. I read this article yesterday and so last night went to Walmart to get vinegar, Vaseline, and oatmeal bath (I found Aveeno)– I treated her last night with the vinegar solution, an oatmeal bath, and then Vaseline before she went to bed, and this morning we had far better results than we had had with days and days of using even the Maximum strength of Desitin. I was very relieved for her. Thank you so much for this information!

    1. I agree. I only tried the vinegar and water solution and like you said by the next day I couldn’t believe my eyes. VINEGAR was way better than any diaper rash cream I’ve EVER used.

  5. Am going to try them too.my boy has got a severe rash for the first time its giving me headache..thanks again for sharing ??

  6. I’m so happy with results I got following the rules in this article. My little girl is herself again. Thanks for the wisdom shared.

  7. Hi
    Wow I’m grateful to everyone for sharing, I’ve tried the vinegar solution on my son last night and this morning he’s free from rash.

  8. I’m a nana of a ten month old beautiful grandson whose teething and has got a very very bad rash. I will use some of these remedies and pray to our Lord that at least one will work.
    I will be in touch.
    Thank you for the tips

  9. Hello moms, the vinegar and water solution is AMAZING! None of the store bought ointments worked. The very first day I tried the vinegar and water solution my grandson rash immediately started to clear up. I simply followed the instructions and cleaned him with it every time I changed/bathed him and by the next day the rash was gone.

  10. Hi, no need to work so hard for diaper rashes, only use detol , pour one or 2 drops in water and wash ur baby rashes areA, u will see the magic in seconds.. I also face rAshes and fungus infection in my baby.. she is 16 months old.. once in a day I still use detol water to wash the Area, she is fine now and her skin is also clean..

  11. I have always used cornstarch as if it were baby powder. Change diaper often, never put clothing over diaper whenever possible, it only adds heat and holds heat in. I also leave diapers unfastened and just under little girls and tented over little boys while sleeping, it speeds the healing.

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