7 Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Most Diaper Rashes can be stopped within 3-4 Days Red irritated and warm skin on the diaper area of your child which feels puffy by touch is diaper rash requiring attention.


Diaper rash is usually caused by moisture in the diaper area, as even the best absorbing diaper cannot be completely dry. Sometimes a child's own urine mixing with bacteria in the stool releases ammonia leading to diaper rash.

Diaper not removed for a long time rubbing on the skin, can also cause rash. Some children have more sensitive skin than others. Even reaction of a new food can cause diaper rash.

Diaper rash appears on the butt, genital area and thighs. Parents should not consider it a as a neglect from their side.

Diaper rash can really be nasty and discomfort to the baby, but there are a number of home remedies for diaper rash which reduce child’s agony.

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First and foremost is to ensure proper hygiene and follow the following tips to stop and prevent diaper rash to recur.

  • Change diaper more frequently
  • Tie the diaper loose. In fact a one size bigger diaper can do a good job.
  • Keep the child without diapers whenever possible. Fresh air helps healing faster.
  • Don’t use wipers with fragrance and containing alcohol
  • Try using another brand of diaper to see if it suits better

There are a number of other actions that can help getting rid of diaper rashes quickly, but the following 7 remedies will make your child rash free quickly.

1. Oatmeal Bath

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Oatmeal, which contains chemical compound saponin, is very good for skin. Oatmeal is protein rich which helps soothing skin. Dried oatmeal is easily available in grocery stores if don’t already have it at home.

Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal to baby’s bath water. Soak it for 10-15 minutes before use. Apply it on baby’s skin and wash it with more water. Do this two times a day for 3-4 days and you will see clean smooth skin reemerging without any traces of rash.

Add 1 tablespoon dried oatmeal to your baby's bath. It protects the skin and soothes the rashes.

2. Vinegar

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The vinegar helps neutralize the ammonia found in urine, gets rid of any soap buildup, and gets rid of diaper smells.

Vinegar can be used in two different ways depending on which types of diapers you are using. If you are using reusable types of diapers then you can use vinegar to wash the diaper. This will completely remove all traces of ammonia on the diaper.

Another way is to use is to wash the skin is a mixture of water and vinegar.


3. Corn Starch

Corn Starch helps healing of rashes fast. We are all so used to use cosmetic products such as talcum powder on baby’s bottom to keep the area dry.

Some skins are sensitive to the perfumes used in talcum powders causing rashes. Corn starch is a better natural substitute. Sprinkle cornstarch instead of Talcum Powder.

Application and massage of various natural oils is very useful to heal, prevent and soothe diaper rash. Use the following oils and jelly:

4. Olive oil

Olive oil is a very good protective remedy.

Take a teaspoon of olive oil and add half a teaspoon of water. Mix it well to make emulsion. Wipe and dry diaper area of baby! Apply the emulsion on the area and let it dry for 10-15 minutes before putting on a new diaper.

The emulsified olive oil makes a thin protective film on the skin which doesn’t allow the acidic urine to penetrate skin, thereby preventing diaper rash.

5. Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil is another soothing treatment. Apply cod liver oil in the affected area after wiping it dry.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil with its antifungal and antibacterial abilities is one of the best oils to apply on baby’s skin. Wash and dry the skin of baby and apply coconut oil on the entire body.

7. Vaseline

Apply Vaseline on the baby's bottom and affected area to make it a waterproof layer between baby's skin and diaper. This reduces the diaper rash.

Diaper rashes can be severe sometimes. let us understand how these sever rashes are formed and how home remedies can be a better option to both treat the rash as well as protect the sensitive skin of the child

Server or Bad Diaper Rash

Baby’s smooth and soft skin can get rashes from the use of diapers. These rashes can be usually seen as mild redness and scaling in the affected area. In more severe cases they may turn into blisters, pimples or sores. The severe diaper rash treatment has to be different than the mild rashes. These bad rashes can spread beyond the diaper area.

Depending on the sensitivity of the skin of a child, when diaper rubs against the skin, it causes the skin irritation leading to severe rashes. Some disposable baby wipes and soap or detergent used to wash cloth diapers can also cause severe allergic rashes.

As we already know that most diaper rashes are caused by long exposure to wet and dirty diapers. Another cause of diaper rashes is antibiotics. When the child or the breastfeeding mother is on antibiotics then the child can get diaper rashes.

If you don't manage the diaper rashes at early stages, then also they can turn into severe rashes.

How to treat Severe Diaper Rash?

It is not easy to cure bad diaper rash at home. Medical attention is required in most cases. Doctors will identify the type of diaper rash and treat it.

There are many different types of diaper rashes including, contact diaper rash, yeast rash, impetigo, seborrhea and allergy etc.

From anti-fungal creams to petroleum ointments are used to treat severe diaper rashes.

It is important to always maintain hygiene to ensure prevention and treatment of diaper rash.

Don’t use commercial baby wipes during diaper rashes because some of the chemicals used in the baby wipers can flare up the rashes, instead use cotton cloth and clean water to wipe the baby. Let it dry and don’t use the diaper for some time.

Another precaution is to avoid the use of any sugary juices and fruits because the sugar flares up the rashes.

And as said earlier, don’t depend totally on self care for severe diaper rash treatment. Contact your podiatrist as soon as you realize the severity.