Diaper rashes are much common among babies. Common causes of baby rashes are long-term exposure to an unclean diaper; either soiled with stool or damp with urine, yeast infections, digestive problems, food allergies, and poorly washed diapers. The symptoms of diaper rash are inflamed or red skin as well as rashes in the genital area, thighs and buttocks. Though, this problem is not due to carelessness but it must be treated immediately otherwise it can result in bacterial or yeast infection. The following home remedies are considered effective in treating baby rashes.
Baking soda is one of the best natural remedy to treat diaper rash. Take 4 cups of water and add 2 tablespoons baking soda in it. Rinse your baby’s bottom with this mixture every time you change baby’s diaper. Dry the washed area with a clean cloth before covering it with a new diaper.
Stale urine is highly alkaline in nature that can burn the soft skin of baby like an acid. Use vinegar for balancing out high pH. If you’re using recyclable diapers, then wash them in the diluted vinegar solution.
Oatmeal is enriched with protein that helps sooth your baby’s soft skin in addition to preserving the natural protective barrier of skin. A chemical compound named as saponin is found in oatmeal that helps eliminate dirt and unwanted oil from skin pores. Put 1 tablespoon dried oatmeal in the bath water and soak your baby in it for 10-15 minutes. Apply this remedy 2 times in a day.
Petroleum jelly has healing properties and it can safeguard baby’s diaper area from annoying effects of feces and urine. Wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water after taking away soiled diaper. Use cotton towel to dry baby’s bottom and then massage with petroleum jelly.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and thus can treat diaper rash. This oil also acts as a moisturizer. Massage your baby’s bottom with coconut oil 2-3 times in a day.
Shea butter has anti-inflammatory, yeast-killing and antifungal properties that helps avoid and heal baby rash. Rinse baby’s bottom with lukewarm water. Dry the wet area and rub shea butter on diaper area so that it can completely melt. Leave it for few minutes. After that, cover your baby’s bottom with a new diaper.