Diaper Rash is a common problem amongst infants and toddlers. Most often it’s caused due to prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper. But other reasons that could contribute to this are introduction of new food or reaction to strong chemical in skin lotions, soaps, baby wipes and certain antibiotics.
Diaper rash occurs in the upper thigh, buttock and genital areas. The skin gets inflamed and turns red in the affected areas. Diaper rash does not mean that your baby is not cared for. No matter how careful you are, diapers rashes are sometimes inevitable, especially during infancy and the first year of baby’s life.
Diaper rashes should never be neglected. If ignored, it could lead to bacterial infection.
Here are some effective and quick-relief home remedies to deal with diaper rash.
Yogurt has a cooling affect. Apply a thick layer of curd in the rash area and wipe it clean each time you change the diaper. Continue applying till the rashes are gone. Do make sure to use sugar-free yogurt.
Coconut oil has been an age-old remedy for skin problems. It has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties and can soothe baby’s irritated skin and heal it quickly. Apply a thin layer of the oil in the affected area 3-4 times till the rashes are cleared.
The protein in oatmeal soothes baby’s skin and helps preserve the skin’s natural protective layer. The chemical saponin in oatmeal also cleans up the pores by removing unwanted dirt and oils.
Make a fine powder of oatmeal by running it in the blender. Mix a tablespoon of the powder in the bath water and let your baby soak in it for 15-20 mins. Do it twice a day until the rash heals.
Petroleum jelly is a great moisturizer and great for baby’s sensitive skin. Pediatricians normally recommend this to treat diaper rash.
Wipe the affected are gently using a soft cloth dipped in warm water. Pat dry using a cotton towel and apply a layer of petroleum jelly. Repeat it every time during a diaper change.
Baking has some amazing healing properties and is considered one of the best treatments for diaper rash.
Dissolve 2-3 tbsps of baking soda in 3-4 cups of water and wash the irritated area during diaper change. Pat dry with a soft cloth before putting on a fresh diaper.
Olive oil, like coconut oil has moisturizing properties and helps soothe skin and cure diaper rashes effectively. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil in 1 teaspoon of water. Apply it to the infected area.
Breast milk has several antibacterial and healing properties. It helps fight infection and soothes the skin. It is one of the best remedies to cure a diaper rash. It is also absolutely safe with no risk of an allergic reaction.
Rub a few drops of breast milk on diaper rash, as often as needed, and allow the area to air dry before putting on a new diaper.
Egg works as a natural remedy to treat diaper rash. Take egg white and apply it on the affected area and watch diaper rashes vanish in a few days.
Vinegar has antibacterial agents that help combat baby’s rashes. Make a dilute solution of vinegar by mixing one teaspoon with half cup of water. Dab a cloth dipped in this solution over baby’s rash and pat dry before putting a fresh diaper. This will protect your baby from yeast formation.