Diaper Rash Treatments: Diaper Rash Ointment is not the Only Option

May 13th, 2010

Diaper rash hurts like the dickens. Here are a few natural and easy treatments for basic diaper rash. If your baby has anything more serious , you will likely need to go beyond this advice – though taking the diaper off and avoiding wipes IS good advice in the case of more severe rash.

Diaper Rash Treatments

Diaper Rash Treatments

Air the Baby’s Bottom

That’s right. Take that diaper off and let baby roam free for as long as possible. Make sure her bottom is clean and dry. If she’s a tiny infant who doesn’t crawl, you can just play with her on a bed with a towel underneath.

Avoid Baby Wipes

Avoiding baby wipes altogether is a great idea, especially if baby is a breastfed infant who hasn’t started solids yet. What I’m saying is, the output is pretty tame in odour and texture before baby starts eating food. So… keep a tub of water with (or without) one drop of liquid baby soap beside your change table.

Keep a tall stack of baby wash cloths. We’re talking 20 or 30. (Now you know why they come in packs of 50…). When it’s time to clean baby, wet one washcloth, wipe, then throw the cloth in the laundry hamper. Repeat. After baby’s butt is clean, refresh your tub of water for the next use. Pat bottom dry with a clean tissue.

Again, all you need is:

  • Tub of fresh water, with a drop of baby soap (if desired)
  • Stack of 20 or 30 baby washcloths
  • Laundry hamper nearby
  • Tissue box.

Dry Your Baby’s Bottom After Washing or Wiping

This sounds obvious, but still, it’s something you might not think to do. After you clean baby’s butt, pat it dry, ever so gently, with a clean tissue, wash cloth or baby blanket. Ideally, you’ll let baby roam diaper-free after this, but if you’re on the run or headed out the door, a pat dry will go a long way to minimizing discomfort and slowing rash progress.

Give Baby a Bath in Baking Soda

This is a natural remedy that seems to have fallen out of common use.  Too bad, because it really helps with any type of rash – and certainly diaper rash. Be liberal with the baking soda – it doesn’t hurt skin, it’s a natural “softener” in fact. I would use at least a half cup in a bath. When kids are bigger, covered in bug bites and itchy bottoms from potty training accidents, use more. Let them pour it in.

Diaper Rash Ointment is Good, Too

I certainly should have shares in the Zincofax company, the granddaddy of all butt creams. It works miracles… though truth be told, I have discovered that if you search for less-expensive brands with a high zinc-oxide count, you can expect decent results too.