Diaper rash is something that can cause your little one a lot of trauma. Even though you want to avoid using diapers, often that is not a solution, especially in the colder seasons when wetting may cause more diseases. Diaper rashes are caused because of the friction on the skin, which happens due to the material of the diaper.
It can lead to tiny red, dot like eruptions on the entire buttock and also spread to the genital areas. But with kids, it is suggested to try home remedies for diaper rashes because they are safer and work well too.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
For centuries, the goodness of extra virgin coconut oil or even regular coconut oil have been praised. In countries like India, it has been used not only for cooking but applying on the hair and the body too. It has properties that cools the skin and provides respite from rashes, inflammation and other similar ailments
You can easily get a bottle of extra virgin coconut oil in any store. If you do not have access to the extra virgin version, do get pure coconut oil or even organic oil, because the skin of your little one is mild and chemicals worsen the issue.
How To Use
What you need to do here is make your baby lie down on the stomach. Then take some coconut oil in your hand and rub it well to make sure that it is room temperature and not cold or too warm. Then massage the buttock areas gently using this oil. Make sure that you apply around the genitals too. Let it stay for a while and then give the baby a bath. Avoid using diapers post this treatment, if needed use cotton ones.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the major causes of rashes in the diaper area is because of the release of bacteria. This happens when ammonia is released from the urine, which is alkaline and thus triggers off skin irritation, which leads to rashes in the area. The apple cider vinegar helps in neutralizing the same. Though white vinegar is an available solution too it may be too harsh for your child’s skin. But you can dilute it in 7 times the quantity of water or try washing your cloth diapers in the same.
For this recipe you will need about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, which should be mixed with about 6 times the quantity of water.
How To Use
For those using cloth diapers, it is suggested that you wash your diapers in this solution, rather than with plain water. The vinegar helps to neutralize the impact created by the urine bacteria, thus providing relief. As a rule of thumb, avoid disposable diapers for at least a few hours, while you are doing this treatment.
Now this one is one of the best remedies that can be suggested for your little one. The thing is that breast milk has a lot of anti bodies along with nourishing benefits, but you don’t have to worry about chemicals or any kind of allergen in the same. Breast milk is a natural and healthy way to treat diaper rash at home.
For this remedy, you can either pump milk using a manual or electric pump and store it in a bowl. Make sure that the milk is room temperature when you apply. Keep some clean cotton balls handy too.
How to Use
Make your baby lie down on the stomach. Then using the cotton balls, apply the milk all over the buttocks and the area where the rash has spread. Let your little one lie down and play like this for at least 10 minutes so that the milk dries up. You can then wipe the area with some water and a cloth to keep it dry. Repeat this at least 3-4 times and you will see the rash gone in less than a day!
Another ingredient that is easily available at home is oatmeal and can be used for treating diaper rash. Remember that you can use either rolled oats or quick oats here too but they should be without any flavouring or even salt and sugar for that matter. Else, it will trigger off more allergic reactions.
Take about a cup of oatmeal. If using rolled or quick oats, then make a dry powder of the same quantity. Do not use water when churning it, else you won’t be able to store it. The dry powder can be stored and mixed with water as needed for days.
How To Make
Once you have powdered the oats in the mixer or have your oatmeal ready, then add some water to it and keep mixing it with a spoon or clean finger till you get a thick paste. The paste should be spreading consistency and not very dry or very watery. You can also put this paste in the bathtub and let your child bathe in the same for about 20 minutes. If applying paste directly on the buttock area, keep the baby on its tummy and apply the same. Let it dry off and then wash it or use a wet towel to clean the area. You will see results almost immediately.
Yogurt or Buttermilk
The good old yogurt available in the house is a great remedy for different kinds of rashes, including diaper rash. You can use store purchased ones too as long as they are organic and do not contain any sugar or flavouring. Buttermilk works too, but again without flavouring.
You can take a bowl of plain yogurt or even buttermilk, which should be of room temperature. Clean cotton bowls can be used for spreading the same.
How To Use
If using hands, make sure that you wash them properly. Else take cotton balls and apply a thick layer of the yogurt on the skin or rash. Let it stay for a while and then clean. Another alternative would be to mix some butter milk in the bath and let the baby soak in the same for about 20 minutes.
In case your little one is suffering from diaper rashes, avoid using disposable diapers during waking hours.