Home remedies for diaper rash

Diaper rash is common in children under 2-3 years of age, occurring due to their sensitive skin getting rubbed against their wet diapers, almost constantly. Characterized by red rashes or bumps, the mentioned home remedies may indeed help in relieving your kid from the pain and discomfort of diaper rashes.

How to get rid of diaper rash using natural remedies

Coconut oil

The anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil help in providing a soothing effect even if your baby has a bad diaper rash. The presence of lauric and caprylic acids also aids in fighting the diaper rash occurring due to a yeast infection (marked by red patches with dots on the edges).

  • Massage coconut oil gently on the area of the rash after cleaning and drying your baby’s bottom well. Put on a new diaper after the oil has dried off completely.
  • Adding a few tablespoons of coconut oil to your baby’s bath water is another alternative option.
  • Mix half a cup melted coconut oil with two to three drops of tea tree oil. This remedy is effective for yeast infection rash as both the ingredients have anti-fungal properties. You can store it in an airtight container for further use.
  • Melt about one-fourth cup of coconut oil and add a tablespoon of lavender oil to it. After allowing it to cool for a few hours, apply it on the inflamed rashes. The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender would be an added advantage in providing relief from the painful rashes.

Baking soda

Baking soda possesses healing properties as it helps in neutralizing the acids leading to diaper rash.

  • Add about two tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water and make your baby sit in it for about ten minutes. Wipe him dry after completing the bath. Repeating this remedy twice or thrice a day might lead to fruitful results.
  • Alternatively, clean the place of rash gently using a sponge or washcloth dipped in a solution of baking soda.


  • A dilute solution prepared by mixing a teaspoon of vinegar with a cup of water can be applied to your baby’s bottom with a cotton ball to provide relief.
  • When using reusable or cloth diapers, rinse them thoroughly in a solution of half a cup of vinegar in a bucket of water. This helps with the treatment and prevention of diaper rash while getting rid of the soap build up and urine smell.

Breast milk for newborn diaper rash

Breast milk has antibacterial healing properties that make it an effective home remedy for treating diaper rash, especially in newborns, though mixed opinions have been obtained regarding its utility.

  • Take a little breast milk in your finger and massage it gently on the rash. Allow it to dry for some time before you dress your child with a fresh diaper.

Mustard oil

  • Make a mixture of a tablespoon of mustard oil mixed with few drops of water and apply it to get rid of diaper rash on babies quickly.

Castor oil

Castor oil has skin-soothing properties helping to heal the redness and skin irritation.

  • Mix castor oil with water and apply it on the affected area.

Chamomile tea

  • Mix cooled chamomile tea to your child’s bath water to relieve him from the diaper rash.

Witch Hazel

Having astringent properties, witch hazel is known to be an excellent remedy for soothing a diaper rash.

  • Dilute the witch hazel solution well as it is quite strong, pour a little of it on the wipes and dab it gently on you toddler’s skin.

Tea tree oil

The antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-viral properties present in tea tree oil makes it one of the best ways to get rid of a diaper rash.

  • Mix about five drops of tea tree oil to half cup water, and apply it using a cotton ball before every diaper change.

Severe diaper rash treatment at home

Aloe vera

The presence of the anti-inflammatory compound B-sitosterol in aloe vera, along with its ability to fight infection, makes it a beneficial home remedy to get rid of a bad diaper rash fast.

  • Extract the fresh gel from aloe vera leaves and apply it on your baby’s skin before putting on his diaper.
  • Take about two cups of boiled water, cool it to room temperature, mix two tablespoons of baby oil, half cup aloe vera gel and two tablespoons of baby shampoo (optional). Spray the mixture on a cloth or paper towel after wetting it with warm water and apply to the rash to reduce swelling, redness and pain.

Oatmeal bath

The high content of protein present in oatmeal provides a soothing effect to the baby’s skin, while the presence of saponins gives it cleansing properties, making it beneficial in removing the dirt and unwanted oils from the pores of the skin, thus helping to get rid of severe diaper rash.

  • Add about a teaspoon of dried, or one-third cup of ground oatmeal to your baby’s bath. Make him sit in the tub for about twenty minutes and pat his skin dry. Apply coconut oil, Vaseline or any anti-diaper rash cream for a soothing effect.

Note: Take special care as oatmeal may make the bathtub extremely slippery.

Should you use cornstarch for a diaper rash

Though sprinkling cornstarch powder (a moisture absorber) on the area of the rash is a preferred remedy among many, recent studies do not encourage its usage as it is said to allow bacterial growth, that might make the rash worse, especially if it is occurring from a yeast infection. Moreover, this remedy may also prove hazardous for babies with respiratory concerns.

Over-the-counter creams/ointments to heal diaper rash

Some over-the-counter medicines or ointments are said to relieve mild to extreme diaper rash fast.

Maalox: Applying this liquid is said to be a beneficial remedy for diaper rashes caused by diarrhea or teething as it neutralizes the acidic effect of the stool and urine, helping to soothe a diaper rash.

Bag Balm: This ointment is said to give excellent results for extreme or severe diaper rash, especially if it is sore or raw.

Lanolin: It helps in lessening itchiness and skin irritation.

Desitin: Acts as a moisture-blocking barrier cream.

Anti-fungal creams for diaper rash: Nystatin, Miconazole and Clotrimazole/ Lotrimin (also used for treating Athlete’s Foot) are used for treating fungal diaper rash occurring due to yeast (Candida) infection.

Other topical ointments include Aquaphor, Aveeno, Triple Paste medicated ointment (not recommended for diaper rash caused due to yeast infection because of its cornstarch content), Mustela, Arbonne, and Calmoseptine.

How to prevent nappy rash in babies

  • Maintain proper hygiene and keep changing your kid’s nappy whenever it is filled or wet. This should be regularly followed especially when the baby is on solids as the frequency of his bowel movements may increase.
  • Identify the foods your baby is allergic to and avoid giving the same to him, to minimize the possibilities of a diaper rash.
  • Allow him as much as nappy-free time as possible.
  • Change your kid’s brand if you find him inclined to develop a rash from the one he uses.
  • For younger babies breastfeeding may help in developing resistance to yeast infections.
  • Make him wear the diaper loosely (especially at night) to prevent friction of the skin.
  • Rinse your baby’s bottom with water or wipes (free of alcohol or fragrance). Pat his skin dry instead of rubbing as this might irritate the skin.
  • Apply any petroleum jelly, preferably Vaseline on the baby’s skin while changing his diaper as it may act as a barrier cream, lessening chances of a rash formation.

If your baby has red, puffy, raised rashes or fluid-filled bumps spreading to the penis (boys) or vagina (girls), it is an indication of a severe diaper rash that calls for immediate medical attention.

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