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Diaper rash is common in babies. It is characterised by red splotches and scales in the genital area, buttocks, and in diaper-clad areas in babies. Although it is common, it requires treatment. If you have a little one in your house and you make him wear diapers often, you should learn how to treat and prevent diaper rash because chances are your baby will get diaper rash now and then.
What Are the Causes of Diaper Rash in Babies?
Listed below are some of the common causes of diaper rash in babies.
- Rubbing against the diaper itself
- Leaving a wet or soiled diaper on for too long
- Yeast infection
- Bacterial infection
- Common irritants like soap, scented diapers and wipes
9 Natural Ways to Treat Diaper Rash
Wet and dirty diapers are the primary cause of diaper rash in babies. From blisters and itchiness to tiny pimples and peeling of the skin, untreated diaper rashes can lead to bacterial infections in babies and become a cause of discomfort for them. So here are some natural remedies for diaper rash that you can try.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is known for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and is one of the most effective remedies for diaper rash in babies. Wash your baby’s bottom with warm water and dry it using a soft towel. Next, take half a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it on the affected area after washing your baby’s bottom. Coconut oil can also treat yeast diaper rash effectively.
2. Draw an Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal is a tried and tested remedy for diaper rash in babies. It provides relief from the pain. You can take a tablespoon of dried oatmeal and mix it in bathwater. Make your baby sit in the bath (hold him if he is too young and can’t balance himself) for 5-10 minutes, then pat dry his skin. Be gentle and do not rub as rubbing will only aggravate the condition. If the diaper rash is severe, then try this remedy twice a day for best results.
3. Breast Milk
Breast milk is an effective remedy for diaper rash. All you need to do is apply a few drops of breast milk on the rash-affected area and allow it to dry. For best results put on fresh diapers once you have tried this remedy.
Plain yoghurt (that means no added sugar or cornstarch) can be used to treat diaper rashes and inflammation. Apply a thick layer of the yoghurt on the rash-affected area, and the rashes will disappear within a couple of days. You can use plain yoghurt just how you’d use diaper rash cream. Use room-temperature yoghurt on the affected area then put on a diaper.
5. Aloe Vera
If your baby’s diaper rashes accompany severe inflammation, then you should use aloe vera gel. You can either use fresh aloe vera gel or bottled version – both are natural and would provide relief to your baby.
6. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is known for its high magnesium content and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix half a cup of Epsom salt in warm bath water and let your baby soak in it for 10-15 minutes. Follow it up with a bathing session and repeat this two to three times a week to keep the problem of diaper rash at bay.
7. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps balance pH levels and removes the unwanted bacteria and fungi from the baby’s skin. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda in warm water and wash your baby’s rashes with this solution regularly. Let it air dry, and this remedy will work like a charm.
8. Keep His Diapers Clean
Diaper rash usually stem from moist diapers. So after bathing your baby or cleaning his diaper area (and before putting on a new diaper), make sure you pat dry his bottom. Also, use a mild soap while bathing him and clean his diaper area well (do not scrub!). Remember to change diapers often and do not use alcohol-based wipes.
9. Ensure Diaper-free Time
One of the main causes of diaper rash in babies is lack of air circulation around the bottom area. Hence, giving some diaper-free time is a must. Let your baby go diaper-free in between diaper changes. Airing out the area will heal the rash much faster.
When to Consult a Doctor
Diaper rashes usually heal and disappear within a few days. Most parents resort to home remedies for diaper rash, but they may not prove effective always. You should take your baby to a doctor if you notice the following symptoms in your baby:
- A persistent rash
Diaper rashes can be treated at home with the help of simple home remedies. Try out the remedies mentioned above; your baby will feel better soon. However, if the diaper rash is severe (i.e., you notice the above symptoms) and does not disappear within one week, consult a paediatrician.