Even if you’re the most diligent diaper-changing parent, your baby will inevitably get a rash. It’s a simple fact of life, and some infants are more prone to it than others (poor babies!). While your mom may swear by a conventional chemical ointment—some white pasty goo that goes on like spackle—we question the ingredients used in these concoctions and know they can sometimes aggravate rashes (or worse).
Help relieve rashes without resorting to products containing risky chemicals using these easy, affordable natural remedies.
1. Air. It should come as no surprise that if wet, soiled diapers cause a rash, keeping the area dry and clean is the best treatment. Especially for severe rashes, let your baby go diaper-free to let the skin dry out and heal. This tactic is easiest with very small babies who aren’t mobile yet—just lay them down with ample towels underneath them.
2. Plant-based healing balms. You want more from a balm than just a moisture barrier. Look for plant-based balms with ingredients like castor oil (that helps kill rash causing bacteria) and oils that support the healing process, too.
3. Safe wipes. Conventional baby wipes often contain alcohol, preservatives, and perfumes that can irritate your baby’s skin, making him more prone to rashes or aggravating an existing one. Look for wipes made with gentle ingredients that cleanse and soothe with plant extracts that promote healthy skin.
4. Non-toxic laundry detergent. Just like balms and wipes, commercial detergents may contain toxic ingredients whose residues can irritate your baby’s skin. Making this switch can be beneficial to your baby’s overall health, but in regards to diaper rash, it’s especially important if you cloth diaper.
5. Oatmeal. This basic kitchen ingredient works wonders on relieving the sting and itchiness of chicken pox, bug bites, eczema, and diaper rash. Simply blend or process about ⅓ cup of oats on the highest setting until you have a very fine powder. Sprinkle into a tub of running water and stir it in with your hand until the water has a milky look and a silky feel. (Note: it will make the tub more slippery than usual, so be careful!) Allow your child to soak in the magic mixture for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel.
BONUS TIP: Use an ultra-absorbent, non-toxic diaper – like Honest diapers! Our one-of-a-kind design actually helps prevent the likelihood of diaper rash. And while we haven’t done any testing to verify this, moms keep telling us how switching to our diapers has helped heal existing rashes! I guess it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since we don’t use any irritating chemicals or fragrances like some conventional diapers do.
Anyway, if your baby’s diaper rash gets worse or won’t go away, check with your health care provider. Some diaper rashes are caused by infections that may need prescription ointments or other medications.
What are your tips for treating and preventing diaper rash naturally?
This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before undertaking any course of treatment, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.