Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash

Spread on the coconut oil

Coconut oil like olive oil can be used for rashes. Coconut oil is an alternate treatment for yeast type rashes. Coconut has an excellent reputation for treating yeast, ringworm, thrush, and other fungal and bacterial type rashes. Before resorting to prescription medications or even over the counter antifungal creams try heading to your health food store for some coconut oil. Wash your babies bottom after diaper change with some warm wet paper towels. Air dry and then spread on some coconut oil.

Try an antacid

Mylanta or other liquid antacids work remarkably well for diaper rash. Often diaper rash is caused by the acidic content of urine or stool on your baby's bottom. Antacids work to neutralize this acid and soothe and heal your baby's bottom. You can spread on the liquid antacid directly or mix it one part antacid to one part petroleum jelly or zinc oxide.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract can be used as a skin cleanser and has many germ fighting properties. It has been shown to kill off strep and staph bacteria as well as yeast, that are known causes of diaper rash. Grapefruit seed extract is pretty powerful so it should not be applied directly to the skin. To use grapefruit seed extract, dilute five drops of grapefruit seed extract to four ounces of water. Wash babies bottom with this solution between diaper changes.

Use probiotics

Diaper rash often occurs after a bout of diarrhea or stomach upset. Probiotics are dietary supplements that contain living microorganisms sometimes called good bacteria similar to the ones naturally found in the digestive system. These bacteria help to fight off other bacteria and yeast. Probiotics can be purchased at your local health food store and while it does not directly relieve the symptoms of diaper rash it can help to rid your child of the yeast or bacteria causing the rash. Probiotics are not applied to the diaper area, but rather given to your baby orally. If baby is little you can have her take it off your finger or even spread it on your nipples if you are breastfeeding.

Try some fresh air

Fresh air is one of the best things you can do to treat diaper rash. Take your babies diaper off and gently wash her bottom with warm water, pat dry and allow her to sit diaperless. You can place her on a towel in case she decides to go while her diaper is off. Allowing her to have exposure to air as much as you can will aid in healing as yeast and other bacteria grow best in a moist warm environment. Fresh dry air will help provide a more hostile environment for bacteria or yeast.

Check your diapers

If you are using disposable diapers, try switching brands. Some babies are sensitive to diapers. You might also try making the switch to cloth diapers. Alternatively some babies have problems with rashes in cloth diapers. If you use cloth diapers you will want to treat them for bacteria and yeast. You may also want to try disposable diapers or a hybrid system to see if this cures your diaper rash problems.

Lotrimin, Desitin, Aquaphor, and other commercial preparations

Although these are not natural remedies we thought they were still worth mentioning if you have tried all the above and still cannot cure your babies rash. Lotrimin is an antifungal and works excellent by itself or mixed with Aquaphor or Desitin to treat yeast type rashes. Aquaphor has an excellent reputation as a barrier between baby and urine and feces so it is a good alternative to use for preventing diaper rash.