Natural remedies for nappy rash are not only more convenient but far less expensive than chemical laden creams and lotions. You probably have most of the following ingredients in your kitchen pantry.
Nappy rash is one of the most common conditions that babies (or even elderly adults) experience. Sometimes it even gets so bad that it causes bleeding. This can be quite distressing for parents or carers, so knowing that the solutions are readily at hand can be quite reassuring.
Nappy rash is usually caused by irritation, stemming from bodily discharges, particularly faecal matter, which have been sitting close to the skin for too long. The poo contains digesting enzymes, which can start breaking the skin down.
But nappy rash can also be aggravated by ammonia, which is made when your baby’s wee is broken down by bacteria from her poo, and in turn irritates the skin. Don’t forget, your baby’s skin is nearly half the thickness of yours, so it’s more delicate and prone to getting sore.
It may not be a good idea to use baby wipes when your child has nappy rash as some contain additives like antiseptics, which will aggravate the rash further. Use water instead.
Contrary to popular opinion, teething doesn’t necessarily bring on nappy rash. but if your baby’s on antibiotics for any reason and gets diarrhoea as a side effect, nappy rash is more likely as there’ll be an increase in enzymes that break the skin down.
Here are the top natural remedies for nappy rash.
Stale urine is extremely alkaline in nature and can burn a baby’s soft skin like an acid. To balance out the high pH, vinegar is one of the best ingredients.
If you are using reusable diapers or cloth diapers, rinse them in a vinegar solution. Add one-half cup of vinegar to half a bucket of water and use it to rinse your baby’s diapers. This will help get rid of any soap buildup in the diapers as well as any urine smell.
Make a very weak vinegar solution by adding one teaspoon of white vinegar to one cup of water. Use this solution to wipe your baby’s bottom when changing the diaper. This simple step will help to make your baby’s bottom resistant to yeast.
2. Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda is one of the better known natural remedies for nappy rash – and it actually works. You can implement this solution in two ways, depending on your preferences.
You can prepare a baking soda bath for your baby by putting two tablespoons into the bath tub. If you choose this method, make sure that you allow your baby to sit in the water for about ten minutes and that you repeat the process three times daily for fast relief.
An alternative is to take the same amount of two tablespoons and add them to a few cups of water to dissolve. Before you change your baby’s diaper, wash its behind in this solution and gently pat the area.
3. Petroleum Jelly
Many pediatricians recommend applying a thin layer of protective coating on the baby’s soft skin every time you change a diaper. Petroleum jelly is perfect for this purpose. It will help protect the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and feces.
After removing a soiled diaper, clean your baby’s bottom with warm water.
Dry it well with a cotton towel, and then apply petroleum jelly. Do this every time your baby needs a diaper changed, and the diaper rash will heal quickly.
Cornstarch absorbs moisture, making it a great treatment for diaper rash. It will help keep your baby’s skin dry, reduce diaper friction and prevent diaper rash.
Remove the soiled diaper and wash your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water.
Carefully blot the skin dry with another cloth. Allow the skin to further dry naturally for a few moments.
Lightly sprinkle cornstarch directly on the skin before putting a fresh diaper in place.
Do this each time you change a diaper until the skin fully heals.
The high amount of protein in oatmeal soothes a baby’s soft skin and helps preserve the skin’s natural protective barrier. It also contains the chemical compound saponin, which helps remove unwanted oils and dirt from the skin pores.
Add one tablespoon of dried oatmeal to bath water. Let your baby soak in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then bathe your baby in the solution. It will have a soothing effect on the baby’s skin.
Do this twice daily to heal nappy rash.
6. Coconut Oil
While coconuts are one of our favorite sweet foods, they also have an astonishing amount of uses in home remedies. One of them, of course, is its place among the best natural remedies for nappy rash.
This home remedy is very simple to carry out, all you will need is virgin coconut oil to apply on your baby’s irritated bottom. You can repeat the process as you consider necessary, until the diaper rash disappears.
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Gently apply some coconut oil on the nappy area several times a day.
You can even add several tablespoons of coconut oil to bath water for added moisturizing. It will help kill yeast like Candida that causes diaper rash, too.
7. Breast Milk
This might be one of the most unexpected natural remedies for nappy rash, but breast milk, which helps fight infection and soothes the skin, is the best and least expensive way to cure nappy rash. The additional bonus with breast milk is, that there is no risk of an allergic reaction that can worsen the condition.
Simply rub a few drops of breast milk on the affected skin as often as needed, and allow the area to air dry before putting on a new nappy.
8. Shea Butter
Shea butter has antifungal, anti-inflammatory and yeast-killing properties that can help prevent and get rid of nappy rash. It also has beneficial vegetable fats that can improve circulation, promote cell regeneration, and help heal rashes quickly.
Wash your baby’s bottom with mild soap and lukewarm water. Allow the area to dry naturally.
Rub pure shea butter gently in your hands until it melts. Then press your hands on the affected area, rubbing the shea butter on the irritated skin.
Leave it on for a few minutes, and then put on a fresh nappy.
9. Plantain Oil
Many health experts recommend the use of plantain oil to relieve the pain of nappy rash. This oil is highly effective for treating nappy rash resulting from an allergic reaction.
The oil has anti-allergic properties that can help soothe and relieve inflamm
ation associated with diaper rash. For treating diaper rash, you can use plantain oil or the herb.
Crush some clean, fresh plantain leaves with your hands and put them next to your baby’s skin with each diaper change.
Alternatively, you can apply plantain oil directly on your baby’s skin before putting on a fresh diaper.
10. French Green Clay
Often sold as a facial mask, French green clay is also one of my favorite natural remedies for nappy rash when caused by a yeast infection. The mineral-based French green clay can prevent the rash from spreading and also help the baby’s soft skin heal quickly. To treat diaper rash, sprinkle some French green clay over the affected skin area during every diaper change.
If the condition doesn’t improve after trying these natural remedies for nappy rash, consult a doctor immediately.
Little do people know that using yogurt can help heal D rash quickly and effectively. Make sure that you use plain yogurt with no sugar and put it directly on your baby’s bum, applying a consistent layer of this paste. Every time you change nappies, repeat the process and in no time your loved one’s booty will be healthy and picture perfect!
12. Change the Brand of Your Nappies
Sometimes the answer for your problems is right under your nose without you knowing it. The brand of nappy that you choose for your baby might be the cause your baby is developing nappy rash. Each company uses different materials and substances in your products, and your baby might be allergic or sensitive to these.
Most people realize this when having tried all other alternative homemade solutions and not getting any results, so sometimes simply changing the brand of nappy you buy could do the trick.
13. Egg White
A fast and reliable natural remedy for nappy rash is probably in your refrigerator as we speak. Egg whites have proven to have a great effect on baby skin to leave it rash-free.
All you have to do is whisk an egg white briefly and apply it to the rash gently, but generously. You can keep what remains and store it in a cool environment for the next three times you change your baby’s diaper. You will notice delightful results in a matter of hours and your baby will surely be silently thanking you soon.