Did you know that babies pass urine around 8 to 12 times during a day? The frequency of stool can also be around 4 to 5 times a day. Because of frequent pees and poops, babies are prone to diaper rash. Babies have extremely small tummies and they take small feeds and as they digest it, they also expel the waste products. In this article, you will find the best home remedies to treat diaper rash in babies.
Reasons for Diaper Rash:
- Babies need feeding every 2 hours and then they usually pass stool. The frequent urination and pooping results in diaper rashes.
- Baby skin is 10X times more delicate than adult skin and so it is very common for them to develop diaper rashes.
- Babies can also get diaper rashes if the diaper is too tight or if it the material of diaper or nappy doesn’t suit your baby’s skin.
- Baby being left in soiled diapers and nappies for a long time. This leaves little room for air and can cause redness, inflammation and in worst cases, they can even make the skin blister.
- Skin allergies
- Yeast infection
- Unclean or improperly washed nappies
Also read: Top 5 Diaper Rash Creams You Wish You Already Had
While every mom tries to make sure that diaper rash doesn’t happen, sometimes, they are inevitable. Fear not! Use the following home remedies to treat diaper rash in babies.
8 Best Home remedies to treat diaper rash in babies
#1. Breast Milk
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Just like breast milk is the perfect food, it is also the best diaper rash solution for your baby’s skin. What could be more natural and chemical free than your own breast milk? It is always in abundant supply if you’re breastfeeding, so no fear of running out of it!
To Use: Clean the baby’s skin gently and rub a few drops of your breast milk on the skin and allow the skin to heal. Do this at least 6 to 7 times a day.
#2. Coconut oil
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Coconut oil is the best natural moisturizer for any kind of skin problem. Its antimicrobial and antifungal properties make it completely safe for the baby. The soothing property of coconut oil is what helps to reduce the redness and provide relief.
To Use: Clean and apply it after each diaper change.
Also read: Diaper Rash: Causes and Solutions
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Another home remedy that is always readily available in your pantry and is a great way to treat diaper rashes is Ghee (an Indian form of Clarified Butter). It helps to prevent diaper rashes if used daily, and is also a great cure for an existing rash. It has absolutely no side effects and soothes the baby’s skin immensely.
To Use: Just ignore that smell and apply some ghee on your baby’s bottom. In winters, you can try to heat it before applying.
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Oatmeal contains a high amount of protein and it forms a protective layer on the baby’s skin. The saponin compound found in oatmeal helps to get heal the blistered and reddened skin.
To Use: Add a teaspoon of dried oatmeal to your baby’s bathing water and allow the baby to soak his bottom in it for 10-15 minutes. After which you can bathe your baby in the same solution. The soothing effect of oatmeal will heal the rashes. You can even do this twice daily if diaper rash is very bad.
#5. Shea Butter
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Shea Butter is also known as the “Tree of Life” by Africans. Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree and its famous for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and yeast-killing properties. Shea butter is extremely helpful for healing skin rashes and it also helps to improve blood circulation. You’ll be surprised how effective it is! Just a couple of applications are sure to provide much-needed relief to your baby.
To Use: Clean your baby’s skin with lukewarm water and wipe it clean with a soft washcloth. Now apply some shea butter on it.
Also read: Home Remedies For Treating Diaper Rash
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Soothe your baby’s inflamed skin with some homemade yogurt or curd. Yogurt is made up of acidophiles cultures which are great for clearing up stubborn yeast rashes. It is also an appropriate option for babies whose skin is extremely sensitive to chemicals.
To Use: Bring yogurt to normal temperature and apply liberally on your baby’s bottom.
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Diaper rashes can occur in a moist and warm environment which provide ideal breeding ground for germs and yeast. Cornstarch helps to absorb the moisture and soothes your baby’s skin. You can also make a paste by mixing it with petroleum jelly and applying it to the skin. Petroleum jelly is a great barrier against moisture.
To Use: Dry your baby’s skin completely and sprinkle some cornstarch on the diaper rash. This can be done after each diaper change.
#8. Aloe Vera Gel
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The juice of aloe vera plant has been in use for over 6,000 years to help treat burns and skin problems. Home made, chemical free aloe vera is best for baby’s sensitive skin. You can extract the gel from the leaves and apply on your baby’s bum. The cooling effect of aloe vera gel works wonders for diaper rashes. If not, look for commercial options with chemical free options.
To Use: In summers, cold aloe vera gel is very, very soothing. In winters make sure it is at room temperature before applying.
Also read: 7 Harmful Things in Baby Skincare Products You Should Look Out For!
Important points to remember when dealing with a diaper rash.
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- Once you’ve cleaned your baby’s bottom, let the skin breathe by not making your baby wear a diaper immediately. This allows the skin to heal.
- Even if the diaper is not soiled, change it every 3 to 4 hours. This is especially important for a newborn.
- Always make your baby wear a diaper according to his/her weight. A diaper that is too tight is more likely to give blisters to your munchkin’s delicate skin.
- When you’re at home, make the baby wear soft cotton nappies, without any bottoms. You can make your child be bottomless only in summers. In winters, let your baby get some diaper free time in the sun.