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.

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  • Darla Adler Burns

    Pure corn starch works like a charm! Either putting the powder on the baby’s bottom or creating a paste with corn starch and water. Breast milk also has healing properties and works well too!

    • NurseMom3

      Not recommended for females. Can cause yeast infections.

  • Laura T.

    I swear by Honest Healing Balm. It hasn’t let us down yet. We use it for chapped lips, scrapes, bug bites, pretty much any skin irritation.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks for the glowing review! We’re so happy it has worked so well for you and that you love it — healing balm is a fave around the office too. We appreciate your support and feedback as part of the Honest community.

  • Natural Mama

    A half cup of baking soda in the bath water works very well also!

  • jenni

    I needed this post! My son is teething and has a horrible rash on his bum. I haven’t tried the oatmeal bath – what a great idea. (And for those mobile babies, I found letting him “air out” around nap time works great. He slept on a couple towels on the floor with me rubbing his back. )

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Jenni, we’re sorry to hear your little guy is suffering from a rash and we’re glad this post came at a good time. Let us know how the oatmeal bath works for him. We hope it clears up ASAP!

  • Ashley

    I use my breast milk! It also works for miner cuts as well!

    • Marina

      That is a wonderful idea! I never thought of that. Since I switched to Honest diapers and wipes my babies have not had rashes but if it ever does happen I will certainly be trying it.

      • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

        Marina, it’s so great to hear that your children have never had rashes with our diapers and wipes. Thanks for sharing that with us!

  • Anneli

    Coconut oil is fabulous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rrabenstein Regina Rabenstein

    I used Lavender oil blend for both my children. I just kept a bottle of mixing oil (such as Jojoba or grapeseed or other vegetable based oil) mixed with lavender oil. I don’t remember the mixture exactly but if i mixed it in my hand it was about a dime sized drop of mixing oil and a drop or two of lavender. Apply to skin. Happy bottom.

  • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

    Thanks to everyone for joining in the conversation and sharing your tips for treating diaper rash naturally. We love learning from the community.

  • Ashley Klitzke

    Burnt flour, works amazing.

  • Lindsay Brewer

    I clothed diapered Parker until September when I switched over to Honest…it just got too much. Not too bad for 9 months though! Anywho, LOVE the diapers and wipes (the only thing I’d change on the wipes is that they’re hard to get out of the package. I’ve tried putting a package in a regular container but they just don’t stay popped out…I learned the hard way to grab them PRIOR to unleashing whatever is inside that diaper lol…but if there is someone who has figured that out, I’d love to know!) …

    I haven’t tried the healing balm yet; I have been using Aveeno diaper rash cream for when I start to notice it starting and it usually clears up by morning.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      We’re so happy you love our diapers! And we hope you’ll give our healing balm a try—it’s a staff favorite because it treats everything from diaper rash to scrapes and cuts to chapped skin! We’d love to know what you think if you try it out.

  • shenna

    instead of wipes use a warm to cool wash cloth with changes and huggies diapers give a diaper rash to babies I don’t know what it is about their brand or what they use in the material of the diapers but my two sons used huggies at one point and gained a rash from it so did my niece.

  • Chelsey

    Thanks to Healing Balm my 7 month old son has never had a rash! I am pretty diligent in applying every diaper change. I love this product for preventing diaper rash and all skin irritations?,

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Chelsey, thanks for sharing how well the Healing Balm is working for you and your sweet son! Please keep us posted on how things are working for your family. We’re so happy to hear the feedback and can’t thank you enough for the support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorena.castano.798 Lorena Castano

    My baby gets trash quickly from huggies diapers also. Bought it wholesale and thought they would be better than the munchkin brand I’ve been using. I was so wrong. Just received my discovery kits a couple of days ago, so hopefully no more diaper rash.

    • Este

      My 8 month old just got terrible diaper rash for the first time ever! this last week is the first time i’ve ever used huggies!! thank you for sharing!

      • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

        We’re so sorry to learn that your baby is suffering from diaper rash, Este. We hope this information is helping in finding relief for your little one. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.

  • Donald

    These are great tips! I also vouch for switching brands of diapers to eradicate the problem. Some babies are allergic to certain diapers which may also incite a rash as well. We tried this method with my grandson and we found that certain brands worked wonders for his sensitive bottom.

  • Linda

    Hi, I have been using Honest Diapers for a few months now. Starting since our holiday order, my twin girls both developed a really bad rash. I have noticed that diapers now have some sort of odor to them that I didn’t either noticed before or it wasn’t there. It reminds me the chemical odor that Luvs diapers have (caused the girl’s rash after only one diaper long time ago). We have never had rashes until this holiday season. I have tried everything from conventional remedies for natural tips. I used corn starch, coconut oil…you name it. Nothing seems to work unless the girls don’t wear diapers. That is not an options for a long period of times as they are only 13 months and potty training isn’t an option yet. Please let me know if anyone has had a similar experience? Did something changed in the diapers? We even followed our diet to see if we introduced something new…I am ready to switch the brand…
    Thank you!!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Linda,

      We’re sorry to hear your girls have rashes. We haven’t made any changes to our diapers in the past few months. The last change that was made was almost a year ago with the addition of just a touch of natural chlorophyll & citrus extract that act as odor inhibitors in the core. With how long ago this was, you would have been using these new Diapers for quite some time now.

      We’re happy to help discuss what might be going on with your little ones as diaper sizing, teething, new foods, and other changes in your little ones’ environment can always affect them. As always, all of our ingredients are listed online and on the packaging for you to go over with your physician, too. Feel free to reach out to us at 1.888.862.8818 Monday – Friday 7AM – 5PM (Pacific). We’re happy to help!

  • http://www.defensesoap.com/ AnnaMorrison@defensesoap.com

    Great tips provided in this blog to treat diaper rash. Thanks for providing this information. Soap with antibacterial properties is best soap for remove rashes from skin.

  • Dan

    My son has <a href=http://bestisometricexercises.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-is-roseola-infantum-roseola-rash.html rash I thougt it was just a diaper rash.

  • http://www.hatsoffdigital.com Priyanka Kamble

    Hey, I was worried about my kid since a long time on how to avoid rashes.