A Diaper Rash is a type of allergic reaction that can develop on your baby’s skin due to the diapers they put on. It typically occurs in babies and children younger than two years of age.
You should take it seriously.I am going to tell you few effective home remedies to get rid of diaper rash from the bottom.
Every baby experiences a diaper rash, but that doesn’t mean that you did not take care of your baby properly. NO, it’s not like that. A diaper rash may turn into severe from a normal one. This depends on what steps you take to cure your baby’s diaper rash.
What Causes A Diaper Rash?
1.Stool and Urine:
Prolonged exposure to urine or stool can cause diaper rashes to develop on your baby’s skin. The skin of infants is very sensitive and delicate.
Hence, you have to take extra care that they are not exposed to something that is wet like urine.
If you have been tempted by some new advertisement about a new baby product and immediately buy it for your baby, you must beware that it doesn’t harm your baby’s skin.
A new baby soap or talc might cause rashes on your infant’s skin if it doesn’t suit him/her.
Diarrhoea sometimes accompanies teething, which may lead to loosening of their bowels and eventually babies are prone to rashes on their skin.
4.Wearing Diaper All Day:
If you’re doing this to your baby, then I am sorry to say this is a blunder. Leaving your baby with a diaper on for the whole day is one of the major reasons that cause diaper rash. I would suggest avoiding diapers as much as you can.
The fabric, out of which a diaper is made, may not be soft enough to please your baby’s skin and eventually such fabric will cause diaper rash on your baby’s skin.
Some diapers have a plastic kind of fabric, and those are the devils that cause rashes.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash:
- Tender skin
- Disposition and Crying
It is very painful to see an infant having diaper rash and even if you want to cure it, your baby will cry as soon as the rash is touched or cleaned.
Be very careful and keep your hands sanitised, else the rashes of your baby can worsen.
Don’t worry I’ll be sharing some tips and remedies on how you can cure your baby’s diaper rash at home quickly.
Home Remedies To Get Rid of Diaper Rash On Bottom
You have to agree on the fact that Vaseline is magic, yes and it can help in curing a diaper rash. Apply a generous amount of Vaseline to your baby’s affected skin with a cotton swab.
Your baby will feel some comfort as petroleum jelly has anti-fungal properties and soothing effects on the skin. Apply it at least twice a day and one time before your baby goes to sleep at night.
Coconut oil is one of the best home remedies when it comes to treating any skin problems at home.Apply some oil to your baby’s affected area and leave your baby without a diaper for the day.
3.Olive Oil and Cod Liver Oil:
Both of these oils have amazing soothing effects on the skin. Take a few drops of the oil, mix it with warm water and apply softly to the skin.You will notice that your baby will start feeling comfortable and less irritated.
4.Aloe Vera Gel:
If at all you can grab a fresh Aloe Vera stem from your garden, trust me nothing can be better than this.Scrap out fresh Aloe Vera gel from the stem and apply it to your baby. Please do not use the cosmetic Aloe Vera gel at all on your baby’s skin.
Tea bags, yes you read it right! It’s surprising to know that tea bags can cure diaper rash within two hours. Amazing, isn’t it?
All you got to do is take 3-4 tea bags and put them in your baby’s diaper; these tea bags will release certain chemicals when it comes in contact with urine.This process will aid in curing diaper rashes quickly and easily.
You can give a small amount of cranberry juice in the afternoon time, but your baby should be old enough to consume this juice.
Crack 2-3 eggs and separate out the egg whites and apply it to your baby’s skin; this will help in healing the rash within a few days.
Cornstarch will help as an anti-inflammatory ingredient. All you have to do is, add 3 TSP of corn starch/baking soda in the tub while giving a bath to your baby.This will help in reducing the irritation and the burning sensation.
Vinegar can help in killing the germs and bacteria that caused the rashes. Take one TSP of vinegar and mix it one bowl of warm water and clean the affected skin with a clean cloth or cotton.
Yoghurt or curd can be applied to the rash area with cotton. Dab the cotton softly on diaper area and let it dry for 5 minutes.After that clean the yoghurt with a cotton swab and let your baby’s skin dry up.
Calendula, an extract of marigold that helps the skin to heal. The best form of the flower to heal a diaper rash is a water-based cream.It’s also anti-microbial, which means it fights organism growth, and its anti-inflammatory, which helps in alleviating discomfort.
Diaper rash can easily vanish if you apply chamomile oil or cream to the affected area, especially if it’s winter season going in the place where you live.This oil has anti-inflammatory properties and will help to soothe the diaper rash.
Soak some amount of oatmeal in your baby’s bath tub, let it infuse for a few minutes. Give a bath to your baby in that water; it’ll kill the germs and bacteria on the skin.
Breast milk is like a magic potion for your baby, you can simply apply it to the affected area and feed your baby with the milk.
If you notice that rashes are getting too red and too itchy, take some cucumber and grate it. Put the cucumber on your baby’s affected are and he/she will surely feel better.
- Keep your baby’s diaper area/skin clean and let it expose to air for some time.
- It is recommended to replace the diaper as soon as you find it got wet.
- Whenever you change the baby’s diaper, clean the area under the diaper with warm water and let it dry completely, make sure your hands are clean and sanitised.
- Use soft washcloths or cotton rather than commercial diaper wipes.
- Say bye-bye to talcum powder as it may be harmful to your baby’s lungs since s/he can inhale it which, in turn, could lead to allergy on the skin and irritation in the nose.
- One of the reasons of diaper rash may be that the products from the market you are using for your baby might not be suitable for him/her.
- Even diapers of a particular brand could be allergic on the skin causing rashes around the diaper area. So replace such products with skin-friendly ones.
- Don’t use scented/perfumed diaper wipes.
- Say a big ‘NO’ to plastic pants as they will only worsen the condition of the diaper rash.
- Avoid over tight diapers; your babies hate those. Plastic pants, tight-fitting diapers do not allow the air to let in and create moist environment eventually causing nasty rashes. They also create friction between skin and diaper resulting in redness and blisters.
- Do not use fabric softener or fragrance containing detergents to wash cloth diapers, instead wash them with vinegar or baking soda added to water.
Now I am sharing those two magic tricks which you can follow if the rash worsens.
The first home remedy is:
- Apply Honey to the affected area. Yes, honey has a lot of goodness in it, and one of those benefits is that it helps in healing all kinds of skin problems.
- All you got to do is, take pure honey in a spoon and apply it to your baby’s skin and later on, clean the honey with some water to avoid stickiness. Please do not use the commercial baby wipes to clean your baby’s diaper area.
The second home remedy you may follow is:
- Take 3 TSP of coconut oil and add camphor to it. You’ll have to crush the camphor(Kapur) and mix it in the oil until it dissolves completely.
- Apply this mixture to your infant’s skin with an earbud. You’ll have to be very careful while doing this and do not let a single drop touch your baby’s genitals. Be super cautious about this. I repeat, Super Cautious!!!!!
- Camphor, when mixed with coconut oil, acts as a coolant and will soothe down the redness and burn sensation on the affected skin.I’m pretty sure the 15points I mentioned previously will help but if they don’t, you can try out these two remedies as well.
- Feel free to consult your baby’s doctor, if at all you’re hesitant to try out these home remedies.
I hope you’re getting the answers to all of your questions. Don’t panic! Diaper rash is normal.You just need to put in that extra care for your baby to recover quickly from those nasty rashes.
Plus below I’ll be mentioning a few precautions that you must take as a mother to prevent diaper rash.
I hope you love this phase of your motherhood when your child is a baby and all you want to do is cuddle him/her. Being a mother, it is your duty to follow those particular precautions to prevent diaper rash.
- Keep your hands sanitised and clean.
- Trim your nails and avoid nail polishes.
- Let your baby breathe in air for as many hours as possible. Keep him/her diaper-free.
- Avoid commercial baby products or wipes when he/she has a diaper rash.
- Avoid plastic pants.
- Choose the right diaper for your infant.
- If you have a babysitter, who changes your baby’s diaper, I would suggest avoid this and do it on your own.
- Ask the babysitter to keep themselves clean and tidy, especially their hands.
- Don’t let your baby wear a wet diaper for even 5 minutes, change it immediately.
- Use cotton pants and cloth to clean your baby’s diaper area.
So, that’s all about home remedies and precautions on diaper rash. Every baby tends to get it when they’re infants or between 1-3 years of age.All the best for your motherhood to all the mommies and mommy-to-be!