Diaper rash can be a frustrating problem, and there isn’t always a cure available. However, there are several home remedies that have been found to be helpful in treating diaper rash. In this article, we provide you with 10 of the best remedies for diaper rash, so that you can find the one that works best for you. We hope that this guide will help you to get your little one back to smiling sweetly once again!
Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. — Diana Gobaldon
My colleague Sub and her husband Sud were over the moon when their angelic daughter arrived in December last year. The girl was named Av. One day at work Sub was in a sullen mood. Over a cup of tea, she told me little Av was sick. Later she revealed that Av cried the whole night and Sub could not figure why and that’s why she had to visit the doctor that evening.
Remedies For Diaper Rash
Next day when I asked Sub if all was well with Av, she giggled and said ‘I was fretting over uselessly, Av was crying because she has diaper rash and that’s not a huge cause of worry.’
New parents all over the world are forced to fight this demon called diaper rash. And diaper rash occurs because many parents do not take care to prevent it. Today I’ll talk about some remedies of curing diaper rash. But before we move on to the remedies, let’s see why and how diaper rash occurs.
Diaper rash is basically a type of inflammation of the skin and occurs predominantly on the baby’s bottom. It occurs due to the bacteria forming in the moist, warm and enclosed area covered by a diaper. Other factors include hot and humid weather, infrequent diaper change, harsh materials used to make diapers, and tight diapers. If this has horrified you already, then the good news is that diaper rash can be prevented, and cured in no time. Let’s see how.
10 Best Home Remedies For Diaper Rash
- The diaper area should be cleaned and dried always, before the baby wears a new diaper.
Remember: Moisture is your main enemy here. So keeping that area of the baby’s body is a must.
- Drying the bottom portion can be done by keeping some intervals between changing diapers. Before putting a diaper let the baby get air-dried for some time or use a soft clean cloth to pat dry. Do not rub vigorously.
- Check the diaper worn by your baby at regular intervals to see if it is soiled. Continuous or long exposure to a soiled diaper should be always avoided.
- Some doctors recommend keeping the baby diaper-free for some time during a day. The skin needs to breathe too!
- Barrier: Many child specialists recommend using specialized creams as a barrier between the soft skin and the diaper to prevent irritations. Consult the doctor before you buy any cream for your baby.
- Always use products formulated for the baby. Hence, choose the shampoos, oil, soaps and creams accordingly.
- To wipe the baby’s bottom, you can also use a solution of vinegar and water, in 1:8 ratio. Rinse the bottom portion with this solution to reduce the effects of stale urine on a baby’s tender skin.
- If you notice your baby getting affected by diaper rashes frequently, you may consider changing the brand of diaper and try an alternate brand. Your baby could be allergic to a material used in the diaper.
- If your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to rashes, you could give a bath to the baby where you use warm water to which you have added 2tablespons of baking soda. Do this 3 times a day and make your baby sit in a tub of this solution for 10 minutes.
- If your child is more than 6 months old, you could feed them 2-3 ounces of Cranberry juice that helps to prevent infection.
Following these remedies religiously would surely help you win the war over diaper rash. Oh yes, my friend Sub too followed these tips and Av was spared the pain shortly. And of course Sub seemed relieved and extremely happy.
The fact is that diaper rashes are common among new born babies. They usually don’t get it due to the fact that they have been regularly changing their diapers. However, when you notice your baby is crying uncontrollably every time he or she changes his/her diaper, then it might be time for action.
In this article, we listed down some home remedies for diaper rash that can help solve this issue easily and naturally. The only thing you need to do now is keep your little one hydrated and comfortable until the symptoms disappear completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the home remedy of diaper rash?
Use your fingers to apply a little aloe vera gel to the troublesome regions. Aloe vera has antibacterial, soothing, and hydrating properties. Its antioxidant content also encourages incredibly quick healing. Baking soda: The baking soda’s extremely alkaline salts work to balance out the bacteria and acidity that cause diaper rash.
What is the most common cause of diaper rash?
The longer and increasing contact of moisture with the skin is the main cause of diaper rash. The enclosed atmosphere that the diaper creates is another component in diaper rash. Typically, diapers are form-fitting.
What is best for diaper rash?
The best way to prevent diaper rash on your infant is to keep their skin as dry and clean as you can. Your healthcare practitioner may advise the following if the rash doesn’t clear up after using home remedies: Using a little hydrocortisone (steroid) cream twice day for three to five days. If your baby develops a fungal infection, use an antifungal cream.