10 Ways to Alleviate Diaper Rash

10 Ways to Alleviate Diaper RashDiaper rash is an inevitable part of a baby’s early years.  Rashes can be caused by friction of skin rubbing against a diaper or from irritation due to the acidic nature of urine and feces.  Also, fungal and yeast infections can occur in this sensitive area.  And sometimes babies have allergic reactions to diapers, wipes and creams that are used to prevent diaper rash in the first place.

Most babies will have a diaper rash at some point during their first three years of life.  It is most common when babies become more mobile and eat more solid foods.  The combination of skin friction from movement and greater acidity from a varied diet can lead to diaper rash.

Today we’re sharing 10 Ways to Alleviate Diaper Rash:

  1. Breast Milk: The ultimate healing powers of breast milk can help clear up diaper rash when applied directly to the affected area.  The antibodies, antibacterial properties and nourishing nutrients in breast milk make it one of the fastest ways to soothe the stinging redness of diaper rash.
  2. Air Dry: Fresh air does a body good, even on this most sensitive area of a baby.  Whenever possible, allow your baby to go diaper-less to allow air exposure to dry out the infection and begin the healing process.  Put your baby on a waterproof crib sheet or in a baby bathtub to avoid messes on your floor.
  3. Oatmeal Bath: An oatmeal bath is soothing on any type of skin irritation.  Blend whole oats into powder and then add it to your baby’s bath.  The anti-inflammatories and antioxidants in oatmeal will work their magic on the affected area.
  4. Washcloth Wiping: Commercial wipes contain a variety of ingredients that keep them moist, add fragrance and make them absorbent.  However, these ingredients can dry out a baby’s skin and are often the cause of the initial diaper rash.  Other times, wipes can exacerbate diaper rash.  A warm wash cloth will do the trick without introducing harmful substances to your baby’s bum.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Urine and feces can become acidic, which burns a baby’s skin.  This is especially the case when babies begin eating more solid foods.  Vinegar helps neutralize the acid and is also an antibacterial agent.
  6. Yogurt: Although this seems messy, just a dab of sugar-free yogurt can help treat diaper rash.  The active cultures in yogurt counteract the infection and aid in healing the rash quickly.  Smooth a small amount over your baby’s bottom during each diaper change.
  7. Natural Barrier Creams: There are many creams and ointments available to treat diaper rash but think about what you really want to use on your baby’s skin.  Look for natural options that use zinc oxide and castor oil as healing ingredients.
  8. Only Use Baby Products: Products specifically formulated for baby’s are necessary for at least the first year of your baby’s life.  Other products may be too abrasive for your baby’s skin, resulting in rashes.  Even regular soaps can leave your baby’s skin feeling dry and itchy.  So stick to the baby products, even if they cost a little more.
  9. Change Diaper More Often: If soiled diapers are causing your baby’s diaper rash, try to keep her in a clean diaper.  That may mean a few more diaper changes throughout the day.
  10. Natural Oils: Natural oils such as Moringa oil or Coconut Oil can be a simple solution to diaper rash.  These cleansing and skin-repairing oils have natural antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that will address the rash quickly and help avoid future irritations.