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Diapers are a necessity for every mom out there. In today’s day and age, there is hardly any mother who does not believe in the use of diapers for their kids. But prolonged use of diapers can leave you with its fair share of diaper rashes. It can be bothersome for both the mother and the baby. And who loves a nasty rash? So in this article, we will take a look at some home remedies which will help you combat a nasty diaper rash and help you have a happy and healthy baby.
What is a diaper rash?
It is an irritation which can occur in diaper clad infants. It occurs due to wearing wet diapers for a prolonged period of time. Diaper rash is also referred to as diaper dermatitis. Diaper rashes are also a form of a contact dermatitis and that’s why it is important to take care of it before it can spread to other areas of the infant as well.
What are the causes of diaper rash?
The foremost reason for diaper rash is wet or used diapers which are in constant contact with your baby’s skin. This sort of interaction can lead to rashes on the skin and can be very irritating for the infant.
Diaper rashes can be also caused due to bacteria being in close contact with the infant’s skin. Bacteria and fungi are a very common cause of a diaper rash.
Sometimes, diaper rashes are accompanied with other nasty itches which can be very irritating for the infant. Therefore, it is important to find a cure to the rashes before your infant is saddled with any other form of skin irritation.
Home remedies for diaper rashes
Following are the home remedies for diaper rashes that you should try out:
1. Baking Soda –
This is an effective remedy when it comes to cure diaper rashes. The way to use it to mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with a little bit of warm water. Once the mixture fizzes, apply a spoonful of it to the affected area and let it dry. Once the mixture is dry, remove it gently with the help of a warm towel soaked in water. This will provide instant relief to your baby from the nasty rashes.
2. Coconut oil –
Coconut oil is an excellent emollient and is also blessed with moisturising properties. Massage a spoonful of coconut oil to the affected areas. Make sure that your baby’s bottom is dry when the coconut oil is applied to the affected areas. Otherwise, the remedy will not be as effective. Coconut oil is also blessed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which makes it an excellent choice in case of any skin irritation.
3. Tea tree oil –
Another excellent remedy to combat any skin irritation is tea tree oil. However, be careful – never apply tea tree oil to the skin directly as it may cause the skin to sting very badly. Make sure to dilute the tea tree oil by either diluting it in water or by mixing it with coconut oil. Apply this mixture at least three times to the affected areas. You can also mix the tea tree oil along with any other carrier oil such as castor oil or olive oil.
4. Epsom salt –
Epsom salt is also know as magnesium sulfate. It exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to its very high magnesium content. This is an excellent choice to provide your baby some relief against the itches caused by diaper rashes. The method to use epsom salt is as follows – mix about 3/4th cup of epsom salt with lukewarm water. Apply this mixture to the rash affected area multiple times and pat dry completely. Please make sure that the area is completely dry after applying the mixture as cold and moist areas are a perfect breeding ground for more rashes.
5. Apple cider vinegar-
Apple cider vinegar is another great choice when it comes to remedy any rashes. The method to use apple cider vinegar is to dip a cotton ball into diluted apple cider vinegar. To dilute apple cider vinegar, please mix it with a cup of water. Apply the diluted apple cider vinegar to the affected areas for instant relief.
6. Yogurt –
Nothing matches up plain yogurt when it comes to protection against any skin diseases. Slap some good old yogurt on the areas affected with diaper rashes and massage it gently into these areas. Make sure that you use plain or greek yogurt. Using flavoured yogurt will do more harm than good. Let the yogurt remain on the skin for a few minutes you wipe it off using baby wipes.
7. Aloe vera –
Who does not know about the million skin friendly properties that aloe vera is blessed with? And it does not come as a surprise that aloe vera is a perfect candidate when it comes to curing diaper rashes as well. Chop off a stem of aloe vera and extract the gel from the same. Apply the gel on the affected areas and let it remain overnight for it to have it complete affect. Alternatively, you can also use over-the-counter available aloe vera gels but use them with caution. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent choice for curing any rashes in the body.
8. Petroleum jelly–
Petroleum jelly is blessed with moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties. Since it is an excellent emollient, it can be the perfect remedy to cure a bad case of diaper rashes. Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the affected area and massage gently. Let the moisturiser remain on the skin for sometime and then wipe it off gently with the help of baby wipes. Petroleum jelly is also effective as it prevents the formation and entry of further microbes in the skin. Petroleum jelly is light weight and that makes it a preferred choice when it comes to combating diaper rashes.
9. Shea butter –
Shea butter is a natural moisturiser. It has anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. Endowed with these properties, shea butter is a great choice when it comes to healing diaper rashes. Apply a thin layer of shea butter to a dry bottom and massage it gently. You can let the shea butter remain on the skin as it will form a protective layer and will take care of any dry patches or dryness caused due to the use of diapers. Use only organic shea butter and avoid over-the-counter available shea butter as those are loaded with chemicals which may be harmful for your baby. Use shea butter twice daily for remedy against diaper rashes.
10. Oatmeal –
An unlikely candidate when it comes to curing diaper rashes is oatmeal. You can prepare an oatmeal bath for your baby by mixing 4 table spoons of oatmeal along in a bucket full of water. Bathe your baby using this bath and pay particular attention to the areas which are infested with the rashes. Alternatively, you can also mix oatmeal along with yogurt and apply the paste to the affected areas for instant relief. Oatmeal exhibits anti-inflammatory properties which is excellent in healing diaper rashes. Another advantage of oatmeal is that is contains certain proteins which forms a protective barrier between the baby’s skin and the environment outside, thereby preventing the occurrence of rashes due to wetness. Oatmeal also removes dirt and other impurities from the skin.
In addition to the above, you can also try to apply a cream with Vitamin A or Vitamin D to the affected areas. But please do ensure that you do so only on the prescription of the dermatologist to avoid any untoward incidents. Diaper rashes usually take three-four days to heal. If they persist beyond that, please consult a paediatrician at the earliest to avoid further skin infections. So use these simple remedies and ensure a rash free infant hood for your baby!