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8 All-Natural Ways to Treat and Prevent Diaper Rash

Is your baby's bum suffering from diaper rash? Try these 8 home remedies to get rid of diaper rash using household items from coconut oil to hair dryers.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,

 

Coconut Oil for Diaper Rash

Coconut oil has been gaining popularity in recent years, both in the kitchen and for its amazing skincare properties. Many parents are now using it as a treatment for diaper rash. The key is just to apply a thin layer to the baby’s bottom and to use it in place of a commercial diaper cream. You should see results as soon as the next day.

Stay Away from Baby Powder

Sure, baby powder smells great, but it can actually make diaper rash worse because of the fragrances and additives it contains. Instead stick with baking soda or cornstarch. It’s all natural, costs much less, and doesn’t have added fragrance.

The Fresh Air Fix

If you feel like living dangerously, you can use this classic tip to prevent diaper rash: Let your child go diaper-free for about 10–15 minutes every time you change the diaper. The fresh air will help the rash heal faster. Plus, for some reason, babies seem to love it!

Trick for Cloth Diapers

If you use cloth diapers, add a quarter cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine. It will balance the pH in the diapers, so that your baby is less prone to diaper rash. Plus, the vinegar softens the fabric so it doesn’t irritate her delicate skin. Also, skip those rubber pants that some parents use to cover cloth diapers, as they can make diaper rash worse. Use cloth diaper covers instead.

Bathwater Helper

Does your baby have diaper rash? An effective and natural way to soothe diaper rash is by adding a cup of baking soda to your baby’s bathwater.

Skip the Wipes

Instead of using alcohol-based baby wipes that can further irritate the skin, simply fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of baby oil. When you change a diaper, spray your little one’s bottom with the solution and then wipe him or her clean with a cloth. Not only is this method much cheaper than pricey baby wipes, but it’s easy on the sore bottom.

See also: How to Care for Your Baby in Winter

Blow Diaper Rash Away

If your baby’s bottom is red and raw from diaper rash, you want to treat it tenderly. So instead of rubbing it dry with a rough towel, try using a hair dryer on cool. It will effectively eliminate excess moisture without making the rash worse.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

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