Why use chemical-laden treatments when you can make you own homemade diaper rash remedies.
Making your own diaper rash ointments is easy and not as labor intensive as you might think. Many of the ingredients are common can be found in grocery stores or health food store
Calendula Diaper Rash Ointment
1 lb. coconut oil (I use Nutiva, yellow & green label)
2 good handfuls calendula petals (health food store)
Comfrey leaves (don’t use on a pregnant woman)
Melt the coconut oil in a stainless steel pan. Add the herbs. Cook the herbs on low heat for about 30 minutes; the petals should be crispy, not burnt. Filter the ointment into jars. Allow to harden. Use as needed.
Diaper Rash Cream
1 teaspoon mineral oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch baby powder
2 teaspoons zinc oxide ointment
2 teaspoons triple antibiotic ointment
2 teaspoons Lotramin A/F ointment (optional for yeast infections)
Mix oil and cornstarch powder to a paste. Add ointments and mix well. Place in container with lid. Apply with cotton swab.
Other Natural Remedies
Powdered slippery elm bark makes an excellent dusting powder.
Dust cornstarch right from the box on to sensitive skin areas
Alternate milk of magnesia with Crisco after each diaper change
Add several drops of lavender, calendula or rose essential oil to a spray bottle of distilled water or colloidal silver. You now have a skin-loving, antimicrobial baby-bottom wash that’s totally chemical free.
Mix 1 drop of roman chamomile with 1 drop of lavender with some coconut oil (I use Nutiva, yellow & green label) and apply.
There have been many a success story using breast milk applied to the affected area
Try an oatmeal bath. Grind up oatmeal in your coffee grinder for a pleasant soak in the tub. Another way to get the benefits of oatmeal without the mess is to put some regular oatmeal (not baby oatmeal) in a small cotton bag and let it soak in the tub with your baby. Squeeze water through it every so often.
Extra virgin olive oil that has been steeped with fresh calendula. You can apply this oil at diaper changing time to help soothe and heal the rash.
What is Diaper Rash anyway?
The term simply refers to unusual redness in the diaper area, can appear on a baby’s abdomen, genitalia, and skin folds of the thighs and buttocks. And it’s quite common; more than half of all babies between 4 months and 15 months of age develop diaper rash at least once every other month.
This can be caused by a variety of things. These include:
- Excess moisture
- Chafing or rubbing of the skin
- Prolonged contact of urine or feces with the skin
- A yeast infection
- A bacterial infection
- An allergic reaction to diaper material, soap, or laundry detergent
- An allergic reaction to a new food
Despite all these possibilities, the most common cause is excess moisture. When skin stays wet for too long, the layers that protect it start to break down. And when wet skin rubs against other skin (or against a diaper), diaper rash may develop. This is why diaper rash often forms in the skin folds of the groin and upper thighs.
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