Healing a Diaper Rash Naturally

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While there are many commercially prepared ointments and creams available for diaper rash, there are more simple ways to heal the red, irritated skin also called diaper or irritant dermatitis (not to be confused with a yeast diaper rash.) Here are 5 ways you didn't know you could relieve your baby's diaper rash with natural products you already have around the house.

Baking Soda

Two tablespoons of baking soda in a warm bath will help heal diaper rash and lessen the redness associated with diaper rash.

A warm bath and a little baking soda will soothe the baby's skin and give your little one a break from the pain of a diaper rubbing against the affect diaper area.

You don't need to rub the area. Just let baby soak a little longer than usual in the bath, about 10 minutes, and wipe with a soft washcloth as you would normally during bath time.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

As little as a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg's Raw Organic version, diluted with a half cup of water can help heal baby's diapering irritation. Just apply a little to a washcloth and pat on the baby's clean bottom.

Let the area dry and diaper as usual. After a few days, the area should be less red and softer than before. If the rash is severe, this may sting baby a little, so be gentle.

Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt, with no added sugar or cornstarch, is a great natural skin moisturizer that can help heal diaper rash. Simply use it as you would a diaper cream.

After each diaper change, use room temperature all-natural yogurt on the affected area and diaper as usual. You will see results in as little as a day.

Use Washcloths Instead of Wipes

Another way to prevent irritation in the diaper area is to switch from using wipes to using baby washcloths with plain water. Sometimes baby wipes can irritate the skin because of preservatives used in the solution in many wet wipes.

By using plain water after diapering, you allow the baby to get some relief from the solution. The baby may dry faster using plain water applies to washcloths as well, which will also help heal the rash.

Air Dry

One of the main causes of diaper rash is the lack of air circulating around your infant's bottom. You can remedy this by letting them go dry, clean, and diaperless several times a day after a rash appears.

First, make sure the room is warm enough, then lay down a waterproof tablecloth or mattress cover on the floor. Cover this with a soft, washable blanket and let baby play for about half an hour. If you do this a few times a day for three to five days this should help speed healing.

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  1. Seattle Children's Hospital. Diaper Rash. Last reviewed May 30, 2021.

  2. Rodriguez KJ, Cunningham C, Foxenberg R, Hoffman D, Vongsa R. The Science Behind Wet Wipes for Infant Skin: Ingredient Review, Safety, and EfficacyPediatr Dermatol. 2020;37(3):447-454. doi: 10.1111/pde.14112.

By Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown is a parenting writer with experience in the Head Start program and in NAEYC accredited child care centers.