A baby is so fragile and vulnerable that he or she can easily catch an ailment or disease even though we take a really good care of him or her. Among the health problems that you should be on alert, diaper rashes appear as a common one. Despite the fact that diaper rashes don’t seem like a dangerous condition, they still can deteriorate if you do not treat the symptoms properly.
Causes of Diaper Rashes
A diaper rash is described as a skin problem, which is red spots in diaper area of an infant, including butt and inguinal skin.
The main cause leading to the condition of diaper rashes is Candida, a yeast (fungus) causing infection, which is likely to strongly grow in moist place. This is the reason why babies wearing unclean diaper in a long time are prone to the condition. Besides, the fungus also tend to occur in those who have digestive diseases or babies who are taking antibiotics or whose mothers taking antibiotic during breastfeeding.
Other causes of diaper rashes are allergies to soaps or other cleaning products, too tight diapers that rub the skin of the infants.
Symptoms of Diaper Rashes
You can easily notice the symptoms of diaper rashes in your baby if there appear:
- Red rashes in inguinal or butt area
- Red and scaly areas on the skin of scrotum and penis in boys or labia and vagina in girls
- Blisters, ulcers, pimples, etc.
Since the condition of diaper rashes is really common, there are many medicinal products that can deal with your baby’s problem. However, not all of them are safe for your baby as they may have side effects that can cause allergies, itching or even make the condition much worse. Instead of depending on those cosmetics, you can easily make your baby a natural treatment from organic ingredients around your kitchen.
No matter which treatments you apply for your baby, it is highly recommended to leave him or her most of time with a bare ass so as to dry the skin and prevent the moist environment for harmful fungus.
Here are top 14 wholesome home remedies for diaper rashes that can surprise you with their wonderful effects on the condition.
Being on top of the list of home remedies for diaper rash, vinegar appears as an ingredient with excellent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can effectively eradicate the Candida, which causes diaper rashes.
- With cloth or reusable diapers, dilute half cup of vinegar in water and rinse the nappies in it. The solution will immediately fight back the bacteria and the bad smell of the nappies.
- For washing your baby’s ass, dilute one teaspoon of vinegar into water and use the solution to gently wash the diaper area.
2. Coconut Oil
Containing anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, coconut oil can fight against the Candida, which also means it a perfect ingredient to make home remedies for diaper rash.
- After changing nappies, wash your baby’s diaper area carefully. Let it dry naturally then rub coconut oil on the affected area.
- Alternatively, add some drop of coconut oil into the bathtub of your baby and use it to wash him/her.
3. Maize Powder
Another ingredient you can make use of to make home remedies for diaper rash is maize powder. This is a perfect solution not only to eliminate fungus, inhibit bacterial growth but also to decrease diaper friction.
- When changing nappies, wash you baby’s ass thoroughly
- Let the area dry naturally
- Sprinkle maize powder directly on the diaper area of your baby
- Put on a new nappy
4. Tea Tree Oil
Thanks to the antibacterial property in tee tree oil, you can use this ingredient to make a great home remedy for diaper rash.
- You can use tea tree oil only or mix it with other essential oil such as lavender oil and coconut oil
- Use a soft clean cloth to dip into the solution then rub on the infected area
- Leave it for a few minutes then wash off with clean water
- Test the oils on your skin before use if for your baby to prevent allergy
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Oatmeal is excellent in protecting your baby from symptoms of diaper rash by inhibiting bacterial activities and nourishing the skin.
- Add a teaspoon of oatmeal into a bathtub
- Soak you baby in the tub for 10-15 minutes
- Wash of your baby again with clean water
- Do this daily in a few weeks or until the condition improves
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the useful ingredients in your kitchen that you can use to make a natural treatment of diaper rashes. Due to the antibacterial property, baking soda will not let you down in the fight against Candida.
- With two ounces of water, add some teaspoons of baking soda. Use the solution to wash your baby’s ass and inguinal area when changing diaper for him or her.
7. Plantain Oil
No matter what causes the symptoms of diaper rash in your baby, you still can use plantain oil to treat the condition. This is due to the anti-allergic properties in the oil that reduce swelling and other symptoms.
- Directly apply the plantain oil on the affected area after wash off your baby’s bottom
- Alternatively, take some plantain leaves to grind into paste then apply it to the affected area of your baby bottom
8. Breast Milk
You can also take advantages of breast milk to make home remedies for diaper rash besides feeding your baby. Since the ingredient is safe for all infants, it is a perfect solution to eliminate fungus and protect your baby’s skin.
- Wash your baby’s skin with clean water then let it dry naturally
- Put some drops of breast milk onto the affected area
9. Shea Butter
Shea butter contains antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-swollen properties, which makes it one of the ideal ingredients to make home remedies for diaper rash. Moreover, the butter also promotes circulation and accelerates the healing process.
- Clean your baby’s bottom
- Use some Shea butter that is already melt to apply on the affected area
- Leave if for 30 minutes and put on a new clean nappy
To make home remedies for diaper rash, you can use yogurt as a protective layer in your baby’s ass. The ingredient will act as an antibacterial cream to inhibit the activities and growth of fungus.
- Simply apply unsweetened yogurt on your baby’s diaper area after clean it carefully
11. French Green Clay
French green clay is really effective in dealing with condition of diaper rash, especially the case caused by bacteria. By impeding the red spots and rashes while speeding up the healing, the ingredient helps the treatments of diaper rash become much easier.
All you need to do is sprinkle French green clay over the infected area after clean your baby’s bottom.
12. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is so well known for its amazing effects on human skin, including adults and babies. Besides nourishing the skin, aloe vera also has ability to fight back bacteria and reduce the irritation.
- Take an aloe vera leaf and cut it open
- Get the gel inside it and apply directly onto the infected areas
- Leave it for some minutes then rinse off with water
- Do this daily until the condition improves
- Make sure your baby’s skin is not allergic with aloe vera before using it
13. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been long used as a trusted ingredient in dealing with skin diseases in not only adults but also infants and babies. In case of diaper rash, the liquid helps reduce itchiness, rashes and accelerates the healing process.
- Dissolve 1-2 tablespoons of apple vinegar into 1-2 cups of water
- Use a piece of clean cloth to dip in the liquid then wash the affected area
- Do this 2-3 times daily until you see improvement
14. Petroleum Jelly
Besides cleaning your baby’s diaper area, it is advisable to protect his or her ass with a thin layer of defensive cover. In this case, petroleum jelly is a potential candidate for the natural treatment of diaper rash.
- After changing the nappy, wash your baby’s ass thoroughly
- Let the area dry naturally or with a soft towel
- Gently rub petroleum jelly on the infected area
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