At Home Remedies for Diaper Rash – They’re So Simple

At Home Remedies for Diaper Rash – They’re So Simple

Or should I say nappy rash as I’m from the UK? Well, nappy rash, diaper rash – whatever you call it, it’s the worst. That red, raw skin on their most delicate bits. It breaks your heart to see your little one suffering. Especially with something that looks so painful. Over-the-counter ointments definitely have some merit, and there are some available that are made with mostly natural ingredients, but there are a few simple Home Remedies for Diaper Rash to try first.

At-Home Remedies for Diaper Rash:

Washes and Soaks

  • Baking Soda
  • Epsom Salts
  • Oatmeal
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Salves and Balms

  • Breast Milk
  • Coconut Oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Natural Yogurt

Causes of Diaper Rash

Firstly, don’t take it personally. It’s not your fault and you aren’t a terrible mother. Unless you’re leaving your kid in wet diapers for hours on end, then maybe it is and you are. But assuming you’re a loving and attentive mother, there’s very little you can do to stop your baby from experiencing this awful rash at some point. diaper-rash

The reasons for diaper rash are fairly obvious. Super-sensitive skin and chemicals from urine and stools, covered in material and rubbed together. There you have it, the unavoidable recipe for a very sore rash. Too much moisture on sensitive skin will remove its natural oils and make it more easily damaged by friction.

All those cute little rolls of fat that babies have only make things worse as they trap moisture and rub together. Then add bacteria and fungi into the mix and things can start to get really nasty.

Other reasons baby might be experiencing a diaper rash are:

  • Teething
  • Starting solid food
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Allergy to products or diapers
  • Diarrhea

How to Prevent Diaper Rash

I think it’s a safe bet to say that all babies will suffer from diaper rash at some point in their young lives, but there are some things we can do to help prevent it.

  1. Diaper free time – I’ve been really lucky that my son has only had one bout of nappy rash (so far ?) and I put it down to the fact
    Photo by Ovidiu Gruescu on Unsplash

    that he spends a lot of time with a nudey bum. We live in the Algarve so the weather has a lot to do with it but if we are at home or at the beach I let him go diaperless as much as possible. I think this action alone has been instrumental in keeping him rash-free most of the time. Little bums need plenty of fresh air and a little sunshine too.

  2. Change diapers frequently – Infants who are changed at least 8 times a day have fewer and less severe rashes.
  3. Rinse or wipe smart – Rinse baby’s bum with clean water or use sensitive, alcohol-free wipes. Even if you’re only changing a wet diaper you still want to remove the ammonia from the urine.
  4. Blot dry – Pat the area gently with a soft towel to remove any excess moisture before you put a clean diaper on. If baby already has a rash and can’t even bear a gentle towel dry a good trick is to use a hairdryer, on the lowest setting and held at a distance. Or better yet let her air dry naturally if you have time.
  5. Try different brands of diaper – You never know, it could be something in that specific brand that baby is reacting to.
  6. Go looser or larger – Allow some air to circulate by securing the diapers more loosely or even using a larger size. You should avoid those plastic pants that can be worn over diapers. They retain moisture making them a breeding ground for bacteria.

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Washes and Soaks

  • Baking Soda

Baking soda is highly alkaline so it will balance the pH levels of the skin whilst killing bacteria, and reducing redness and inflammation. Simply mix 2tbsp of baking soda with warm water and either soak baby’s bum in it or use cotton wool to gently dab it onto the affected area. Let it dry naturally but then be sure to apply a natural, fragrance-free moisturising such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil as baking soda is very drying

Epsom salts contain a high level of magnesium and are a great anti-inflammatory. Add half a cup to a warm bath and let baby soak or mix 1 tbsp of salts with warm water and dab on using cotton wool.

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal is very soothing and is great for all types of skin irritations. You can either blend your oats into a fine powder and dissolve them in the bath or you can put the oats into the foot of an old stocking, tie it up and drop that into the water. The water will go all silky and soothe even the nastiest rash.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

I love apple cider vinegar. I know it works miracles in many areas and I’ve read that it’s also great for diaper rash. They say you can dilute it in the bath or dilute a tbsp in warm water and apply it directly. Personally, I haven’t tried it. When I look at a red raw little bottom it goes against every instinct in my body to put vinegar on it. I’m not saying it wouldn’t work, but I can’t honestly tell you that it’s great when I haven’t tried it so if you do decide to try it then please let me know how you get on.

Salves and Balms

  • Breast Milk

Ah the humble breast milk, a miracle cure for many things. You can dab it on spots, baby acne, bites and yes, it’s also good for diaper rash.

  • Coconut Oildiaper-rash-remedy-natural

Coconut oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Get cold-pressed, organic if you can. It’s very moisturising and promotes healing, plus it’s solid at room temperature so it’s easy to use. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to the coconut for extra healing and soothing properties. Lavender oil actually accelerates the regeneration of skin tissue so it works perfectly.

  • Aloe Vera Gel

Pure Aloe Vera gel straight from the plant, or even bottled, is an anti-inflammatory so it’s a great cooler and soother for sore bums. You can add a few drops of lavender oil to this too. You can also use this to make baby shampoo at home.

  • Natural Yogurt

If you’ve been unlucky enough to have had a yeast infection then you’ll know the relief that natural yogurt can bring. It works just the same with diaper rash. Just make sure the yogurt is plain, with no added sugar or cornstarch.

When To Seek Medical Advice

Most diaper rashes will clear up over time with some simple home remedies, but sometimes they can be really stubborn. You should take your little one to see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Blisters
  • Rash oozes pus or fluid
  • Rash persists no matter what you try
  • Swelling

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A Little Extra

Any one of these remedies should bring your baby some relief from their pain, and there are plenty of creams and ointments available to try if you prefer.

I’m going to share with you what eventually shifted my son’s rash, even though it’s not the most natural product. I tried the natural way and many of the remedies soothed him but didn’t totally rid him of the rash. As much as I would have liked to fix it naturally, in the end, I just wanted it fixed. I followed my mum’s advice and I hate to say it but I went old school.

Sudocrem, an oldy but goody. And what do you know? The rash cleared up in a matter of days. Not very crunchy mama, I know, but when your child is suffering you just do whatever you have to. You’ll have to forgive me that one.

Anyway, I hope you’ve found something here that can help if you’re in the midst of the dreaded rash at the moment. I’d love to hear what’s worked for you and if you know of any other tricks to help.

Thanks for reading.

Debbie x



16 thoughts on “At Home Remedies for Diaper Rash – They’re So Simple

  1. This is interesting as I learned a few new causes if diaper rash. I’ve heard in dermatology that a basic rules is that if it’s wet, then dry it (and vice versa)… So these tips seems to make common sense. The diaper free time seems like an interesting option… How much diaper free time does a baby need to see some improvement?

    1. Hi Aly, I’d recommend letting your kid go diaper free as much as possible if they have a rash. The air is probably the best thing for it and as long as their little bum isn’t covered over with a damp diaper then at least the rash won’t get any worse. Obviously we have to get on with life so they can’t be wandering round with their bum out 24/7. But changing the diaper often to avoid it being damp will help a lot too.

  2. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .After reading your article I found out about the causes of diaper rash and one of the very scary issues.And I have a kid who knows what it might be like to have a diaper rash, and I will definitely keep him out of it.And if my child ever had this problem, I learned about proper treatment and I hope my baby can be protected from it.After reading your article, everyone will know about the simple solution to diaper rash and share new experiences with you.

    1. Thanks a lot Shariful. It’s not a nice thing for a baby to have to go through but most of them will suffer from it at one time or another. At least there are a few things we can do to help alleviate their symptoms.

  3. I walk around our house with a Nudey Bum as much as I can!  I love that phrase and it will become a staple in our household for sure.  Awesome advice for those of us with young babies.  You mentioned yogurt in the article.  Most of what you see in the stores is heavily processed.  Are there any particular brands that are good?  Even the ones that claim to be sugar free are loaded with preservatives and sugar substitutes.  Would love your take on that .  Great info, very helpful!

    1. 😂Yeah, we use that phrase a lot in my house. To answer your question about the yogurt – it’s a bit tricky. I only buy a Spanish brand called “Pastoret” which is literally just the milk and a fermenting agent. I live in Portugal though so have access to it. Not sure if it’s available worldwide but I doubt it. You could always have a go at making your own. There are some recipes on the net that sound quite straightforward, i.e you don’t need any fancy equipment for them. Good luck with your experimenting.

  4. These are good practical suggestions for diaper rash. Now i know what i can try. My baby used to be so miserable and we found out that the soap we were using was too harsh. I like your suggestion of them going without the diaper sometimes to allow the skin to breathe and stay dry. My next try at it is coming up soon, so this article is on time. Thank you for this article.

    1. Thanks for the comment JJ. I think letting the kids go diaper free whenever possible is the best cure…and they love it. Best wishes for you and your little one.

  5. As a parent with 3 children, I still recall the days of struggle with nappy rash when they were little and Sudocrem has worked wonders every single time. As the skin in the area is very tender, I was always (happily) surprised when literally overnight the rash would be gone and the skin looked normal. I was not aware of some of the other remedies thats mentioned. Thanks for a very informative and interesting article.


    1. Thanks Sandeep. Three kids, you were really in the trenches 😁Yep, sudacrem’s a classic and with good reason. It’s a miracle worker. 

  6. Wow 🤩! Exactly what I’ve been explaining to my big sister who just gave birth to her first child. The child experiences rashes three times consecutively in the space of two months. 

    This article will actually help us and kid as I’ll also educate her on trying different brands of diaper which does do at all. 

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Glad to be of service. Yeah, it could well be an allergy to something in a particular brand of diaper. It’s a great idea to try out different ones. Sometimes it’s something as simple as that. Some of the remedies will help ease the pain in the mean time. Good luck.

  7. It is good to know that there are home remedies for diaper rash that still work.  I did know about Aloe and baking soda…but Apple Cider vinegar?  Won’t that sting the little one?

    I will be sending my little sister the link as she will be a new mom in a few months.  

    I had no idea that teething could cause diaper rash?  How does that happen?  Weird.

    1. Funny you say that, I felt the same about the apple cider vinegar but it’s only supposed to be used when well diluted, like in the bath. It’s also said to chill them out if you add a little to the bath so win/win.

      Apparently the diarrhea babies get when teething is caused by the excess saliva that they swallow, and that in turn causes the rash. There’s no solid evidence on that (excuse the pun) but that’s what’s most likely.

      Thanks for the comment and best of luck to your sister and her new little one.

  8. Preventive measures, curative measures, all this is just perfect right now and I must tell you it’s just sweet to see how you have come up with this rememfies for those that have a child that has diaper rash. I think it would be nice if I could just share this post on a nursing mother’s paltform. They’d be really happy to digest your information and learn new stuff.

    1. Thanks so much, and please feel free to share. I’d love it if the remedies could be of help to anyone. It’s a horrible thing for babies to suffer so anything we can do to help is worth a try.

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