Diaper rash if a painful and distressing yet common condition in babies. It is most often caused by damp or wet diapers being in contact with the baby’s skin for prolonged periods of time. There are other causes too, however. These include:
- Specific diaper brands that may not be compatible with your baby’s skin.
- Introduction of new foods and/or teething, as these factors can lead to diarrhea or loose stools and irritation of the anal area.
- Certain food sensitivities that can lead to skin becoming irritable and sensitive.
Try to determine what the cause of your baby’s diaper rash may be, and then seek to resolve the problem. Remember that diapers need to be changed at least once every four hours.
- 1 Safety Notes on Essential Oils
- 2 Best Essential Oils for Diaper Rash
- 3 Carrier Oils
- 4 How to Use Essential Oils for Diaper Rash
- 5 Other Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash
- 5.1 Oatmeal
- 5.2 Cornstarch
- 5.3 Petroleum jelly
- 5.4 Shea butter
- 5.5 Breast milk
- 5.6 French green clay
- 5.7 Plantain oil
- 5.8 Shea butter and coconut oil
- 5.9 Corn flour
- 5.10 Porridge oats
- 5.11 Aloe vera
- 5.12 Chamomile tea and honey
- 5.13 Probiotics
- 5.14 Kefir with coconut oil
- 5.15 Diaper-free time
- 5.16 Plantain herb with olive oil
- 5.17 Vegetable glycerin, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax
- 5.18 Grapeseed extract with coconut oil
- 5.19 Chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, and shea butter
- 5.20 Baking soda, milk powder, and oatmeal
- 5.21 Olive oil
- 5.22 Baking soda and Epsom salts
- 5.23 Maalox
- 5.24 Aloe vera, gel, lard, and baking soda
- 5.25 Baking soda paste
- 5.26 Conclusion
Safety Notes on Essential Oils
While essential oils can be helpful in dealing with diaper rash, you need to be careful and take precautions. These include:
- Being cautious about the level of exposure to essential oils. Talk to your child’s doctor before trying any essential oil on or around your baby.
- Remember essential oils should never be used on babies younger than three months, as it could be hazardous.
- Remember essential oils must always be diluted with a carrier oil. There should only be a few drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil.
- Avoid getting any essential oils on your baby’s hands. If you do, wipe his or her hands with a damp washcloth.
- Ensure that no essential oil makes contact with your child’s mucous membranes, such as in the mouth, eyes, and nose.
- Never leave your child unsupervised with essential oils.
- Before using an essential oil on your baby, make sure to do an allergy test. You can do this by first diluting the oil (of course) with a carrier oil and then placing a bit of the oil on a tiny area of your child’s forearm. Do not use the oil again fi you notice any kind of reaction. When doing the allergy test, make sure to mix the essential oil with the carrier oil you plan to use.
- Avoid using lavender essential oil on babies that have cardiovascular issues.
Best Essential Oils for Diaper Rash
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil has antibacterial properties, and it has a relaxing and soothing scent. It can be helpful with diaper rash, as it can help combat the microbes that cause it.
Niaouli essential oil
Niaouli essential oil can alleviate soreness, inflammation, and redness.
Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil can soothe your baby’s diaper rash symptoms.
Myrrh essential oil
Myrrh essential oil is healing and can help alleviate itchiness, redness, and swelling.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is why it can be useful in dealing with the symptoms of a diaper rash.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil can help to enable faster healing. It has a calming scent.
Clove essential oil
Clove essential oil helps with itchiness and pain, and it contains many antioxidants. It can help to alleviate inflammation.
There are several different carrier oils to choose from that you can mix with essential oils. The best of these are coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. If you want to use wheat germ oil, make sure to do a skin test on your child’s arm first. You should do an allergy test for all substances that you plan to use on your child.
How to Use Essential Oils for Diaper Rash
Diaper rash spray
Diaper rash spray can help to calm your baby’s diaper rash. To make this spray, mix aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and your choice of the essential oils we’ve discussed in a spray bottle.
Diaper rash cream
Mix shea butter and your choice of the oils we’ve discussed to make a diaper rash cream.
Mix arrowroot or corn flour with your choice of the oils to make a soothing powder. You can apply this after washing your baby and changing his or her diaper.
Cream with zinc oxide
You’ll need four tablespoons of a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), two tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide, one teaspoon of beeswax, and four drops of one of the essential oils that we’ve discussed. Put the carrier oil and beeswax in a double boiler, and heat the mixture until it is melted.
Once you’ve done that, slowly add in the zinc oxide, whisking it as you go to ensure that it is smooth. You can store the mixture in a four-ounce mason jar.
You don’t have to include the beeswax if you don’t want to or if you have difficulty finding it, but many people feel that it helps to make the cream have an even better barrier function. A physical barrier created by cream is useful in protecting the skin from irritants (such as urine).
Shea butter and essential oils
to make this cream, you’ll need one ounce of shea butter, one drop of tea tree essential oil, and two drops of chamomile essential oil.
First, use a double boiler to melt the shea butter, and then add in the recipe’s essential oils. Mix everything together thoroughly. You can apply this three times daily, for one week. Shea butter is extremely hydrating and soothing to the skin.
Tea tree essential oil and almond oil
You’ll need one tablespoon of almond oil and one drop of tea tree oil. Mix the almond oil and tea tree essential oil. Apply a tiny bit of the mixture on the affected area after your baby’s bath.
Lavender and tea tree oil
Mix three drops of lavender essential oil, three drops of tea tree oil, half a cup of water, and half a cup of sweet almond oil. Put the mixture in a spray bottle. You’ll need to shake the bottle when you use it. Spray this on the affected area each time you change your child’s diaper.
Coconut oil and tea tree oil
Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with five drops of tea tree oil. You can apply this to the affected area. Make sure not to use too much tea tree oil, as you don’t want to risk causing any additional skin irritation.
Other Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash
Below are some other useful natural remedies you can use to address your child’s diaper rash.
Oatmeal contains protein that can help to soothe the skin. It is effective in removing unwanted dirt and oils from the skin because it contains saponin, a chemical compound.
To use oatmeal, add a single tablespoon of it to your baby’s bath water. Put your baby in the bath for about ten minutes. You can do this twice each day.
It’s cornstarch’s ability to absorb moisture that makes it useful for diaper rash. After washing your baby with lukewarm water, use a cloth to gently blot and dry the skin.
Let a few moments pass before you apply a light sprinkle of cornstarch to the skin. After this, put on a diaper. You should do this every time you change the diaper until the symptoms disappear.
Each time you change your baby’s diaper, use warm water to clean his or her bottom. Use a cotton towel to gently dry the area.
After that, apply some petroleum jelly. You should do this at every diaper change until the diaper rash symptoms disappear. It will help to promote healing.
Shea butter is useful because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It can also promote faster cell regeneration and healing, and can boost circulation.
First, use lukewarm water and milk soap to wash your child’s bottom. Provide time to let the area dry naturally. After that, rub some pure shea butter because your hands. It should melt. When it does, gently press it onto the affected area. Gently massage it in. After a few minutes, put on a clean diaper.
Breast milk can be useful in helping to deal with diaper rash. It soothes the skin, and there isn’t any risk of an allergic reaction.
To use breast milk, put a few drops of it on the affected area. Gently rub it in, and then allow it to air dry. Put on a fresh diaper. This is a relatively unknown diaper rash remedy that is both economical and easy.
French green clay
If your baby’s diaper rash is caused by yeast, using French green clay may help to step the rash from spreading. It can also promote healing. If you want to use French green clay, sprinkle a bit of it on the affected area each time you change your baby’s diaper.
If your baby’s diaper rash has been caused by an allergic reaction, you might find plantain oil to be useful in dealing with the rash. It can soothe inflammation.
Apply some plantain oil to the skin at every diaper change. If you don’t have the oil, crush some clean fresh plantain leaves. Use your hands to do this. Put the crushed leaves next to the affected area each time you change your baby’s diaper. Make sure to talk to your child’s doctor before trying plantain oil on your child.
Shea butter and coconut oil
Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil, half a cup of shea butter, one quarter cup of non-nanoparticle zinc oxide, seven drops of chamomile essential oil, and seven drops of lavender essential oil.
While on low heat, mix the ingredients. This will make a balm to help preserve it. Apply it to your baby at each nappy change. Remember to warm it in your hands first.
You can apply corn flour to the affected area instead of talcum powder. Put it on after using a homemade diaper rash cream (such as the one we listed with coconut oil and shea butter). You might want to avoid using corn flour if your child’s diaper rash might be caused by yeast.
Put half a cup of porridge oats in a cheesecloth, and tie up the cloth. Put eh cheesecloth in bathwater. Bathe your baby in the water.
You can use gel directly from an aloe vera plant. If you choose, you can alternatively use a bottled aloe vera gel. Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area of skin after washing your child and when you change his or her diaper.
Chamomile tea and honey
You can mix chamomile and honey to the affected area. It should be helpful in reducing inflammation and has antibacterial qualities.
Mix one teaspoon of honey with two cups of chamomile tea. Put it in a spray bottle. You can spray the affected area every time you change your baby’s diaper.
Consider giving your baby probiotics. Open up a probiotic capsule and add it to your baby’s milk or food. Find a probiotic formulated especially for babies.
Probiotics contain good bacteria that can balance flora and make it difficult for yeast (candida) to grow. This is especially helpful if yeast plays any role in your child’s diaper rash.
Kefir with coconut oil
Dilute kefir with coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. You can do this every time you change your baby’s diaper until the symptoms disappear. Kefir generally contains an impressive number of probiotics and can help to promote healing of the diaper rash. It is believed to have general benefits for the skin.
Avoid using wipes containing fragrance or alcohol: Avoid using wipes containing fragrance or alcohol on your baby. These wipes can cause further irritation.
Try to give your baby diaper-free time when possible. As exposure to fresh air can help with healing, time spent outside may be useful.
Plantain herb with olive oil
Need plantain herb, olive oil, one tablespoon of beeswax for each one to three ounces of olive oil, and an airtight jar. Chop up some plantain leaves, and then put them in a jar.
Add your chosen amount of olive oil until the jar is about a quarter full. Use a spoon to try to remove any air bubbles. Once the air bubbles are removed, put a tight lid on the jar.
Allow the leaves to soak in the jar for about six weeks. Once that time has passed, strain the oil. Transfer it to a different jar.
When you use any of this mixture, heat it on low heat and add in the beeswax. You can do this on a double boiler. Once the wax is melted, allow the mixture to cool. You can store this in a container. Apply it to the affected area as necessary.
Vegetable glycerin, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax
You’ll need two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin, a quarter cup of coconut oil, half a cup of shea butter, and one tablespoon of beeswax.
Use a saucepan to heat the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil on medium heat until it melts. Once the mixture is entirely melted, remove it from the stove.
Add in two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin. Put the mixture in an immersion blender and process it until it is creamy. Put it in an airtight jar and let it fully cool down. You should end up with a thick paste or cream. Use this on the affected area until the symptoms have disappeared.
Grapeseed extract with coconut oil
Mix two or three drops of grapeseed extract, a quarter cup of coconut oil, and two tablespoons of distilled water. Mix the grapeseed extract with the coconut oil.
Add in the distilled water. Mix everything thoroughly. Put the mixture in a spray bottle. Use this spray during diaper changes after wiping and drying the affected area. You can use this until the symptoms have disappeared.
Chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, and shea butter
Mix a quarter cup of shea butter, a half cup of coconut oil, one tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers, one tablespoon of dried calendula flowers, water, and if you’d like, one tablespoon of arrowroot powder. Boil water in a saucepan. Put coconut oil in a bowl.
Put the bowl in the water to melt the coconut oil by heating the water. Put the calendula and chamomile flowers in the coconut oil as it’s heating on medium heat.
If you’d like, you can heat it more slowly until the coconut oil becomes yellow. After you remove everything from the stove and it is cooled, put the mixture through a strainer to remove the flowers.
Put in the shea butter (as well as the arrowroot powder, if you choose). Make a thick paste by processing it in a blender or mixing thoroughly. You can store the resulting cream in a glass jar. Apply it to the affected area on each diaper change and after washing the affected area.
Baking soda, milk powder, and oatmeal
You’ll need two teaspoons of baking soda, one tablespoon of milk powder, and a quarter cup of oatmeal. Make oatmeal powder by grating the oatmeal.
After that, mix in the milk powder and baking soda. Mix everything thoroughly and put the mixture in an airtight jar. Add one or two teaspoons of this in your baby’s lukewarm bath. After the bath, gently dry the skin with a soft towel. You can use this two or three times a day.
Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe the affected area. You’ll need one or two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of water. Mix these until you have a milky emulsion. Once you’ve washed and gently dried the area, apply the mixture. Put on a clean diaper.
Baking soda and Epsom salts
You’ll need one tablespoon of Epsom salt, one or two tablespoons of baking soda, and warm water. Fill your baby’s bath tub with warm water. Add in Epsom salt and baking soda. Put your baby in this bath for around 10 minutes. Gently dry the skin.
Maalox can be effective for diaper rash because it can neutralize acid and soother irritated skin. Soak a cotton ball in Maalox. Use this to gently apply the liquid to the affected area. Allow it to dry. Put on a clean diaper.
Aloe vera, gel, lard, and baking soda
You’ll need half a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, two tablespoons of lard, and one or two teaspoons of baking soda. Thoroughly mix together the lard and aloe vera gel.
After you’ve washed the skin with lukewarm water and it is completely dry, put on a think layer of this remedy. Rub the baking soda in on top of this. Put on a fresh diaper.
Baking soda paste
Make a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Use this while cleansing the affected area of the skin when changing your baby’s diaper. This remedy will be useful in soothing the skin and relieving diaper rash symptoms.
Diaper rash is a distressing condition for not only the baby but his or her family, as well. Luckily, there are a number of effective home remedies that you can use to help alleviate the symptoms of diaper rash.
Consider trying some of the remedies we’ve set out above, especially the ones using essential oils. Remember to consult with your child’s doctor about his or her diaper rash before trying any new treatment. It’s also important to get medical attention if the symptoms fail to go away.
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