When my son was 5 weeks old he developed his first really awful diaper rash. As a mother, it is very heart wrenching to see your child squirm in pain each time you go to clean their little, perfect bums due to red, sensitive skin and blisters (if it gets that bad). Without sharing too much information—and safe-guarding the future relationship I hope to have with my son should he ever read this post—I knew that the reason he developed the rash was his overactive, uh, digestive system. We were constantly changing diapers and rubbing his delicate baby skin, and the evidence of such reared its ugly head in the form of a painful rash.
Now, I have to admit that I have been very lucky when it comes to these moments in the land of new and naïve motherhood, since my mom who raised four kids of her own was always around to lend me a hand, as was my sister who not only had an 18 month old, but also had just had her own newborn baby 8 weeks prior to me; I was surrounded by baby advice every way I turned my head, and I was not shy when it came to asking for a hand out of such. This diaper rash scenario was no different, and the simultaneous advice they both gave me was the best ever remedy to heal the rash in just a couple days. Since this time, my son has not had another rash quite as bad as that one, but any time his little toosh gets even a little bit red, this remedy is my end-all go to, and it works every time—often overnight.
This remedy is simple. Here are the things you need to do, as well as a few pointers to keep in mind to ensure that a diaper rash never gets out of hand, or perhaps, never even has the opportunity to develop.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Baking soda
- Earth Mama Angel Baby, Angel Baby Bottom Balm (or your favorite diaper rash cream)
- Multiple small, baby washcloths
- Essential oils (optional—see our favorites below)
What To Do:
- If your child has a severe diaper rash, I always recommend putting your commercial or homemade wipes aside, and instead use a warm, wet washcloth to clean their delicate bottoms – water only. I know some may find this to be a bit off-putting—dirtying nice, cloth washrags—but I promise it makes all the difference, and your child will benefit.
- When using these wet cloths, have a dry rag nearby to pat dry your baby’s bum before wrapping them back up in a clean diaper.
- This is always an important step, whether your child has a rash or not. Diaper rash is often the result of too much moisture on your child’s skin, which ultimately leads to chaffing between the diaper. When cleaning your child, ALWAYS be sure that they are COMPLETELY dry after each changing before replacing their diaper—this is crucial in prevention of diaper rash ever happening.
- Once dry, be sure to rub a generous amount of diaper cream on baby’s sore skin after each changing. Diaper cream is essential in ensuring that no left over moisture, urine or stool penetrates through to your baby’s already sensitive skin.
- NEVER use Talcum or baby powder on your child – babies can inhale the tiny particles, which can adversely affect your child’s breathing and cause serious lung damage or asphyxia.
- In order to benefit most from this remedy, add baking soda to their warm bath each day you see that their skin is even a bit red or inflamed (about 2-3 tablespoons is best). The healing properties in baking soda help aid in the cure of diaper rash. This is something I always do, in addition to using cream, when Kaden’s butt looks even a little bit sensitive.
- For added relief, you can add a few drop of essential oil to your baby’s diaper cream. Be sure not to use any essential oil directly on your baby’s skin until they are at least 3 months of age – their skin is still quite delicate, and much more permeable. When using essential oils, always be sure to dilute thoroughly to avoid irritation and sensitization. Here are our favorites, and why they help aid in treating diaper rash:
- Tea Tree Oil—used for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
- Lavender Essential Oil—used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Chamomile Oil—use for its soothing properties.
- Calendula Oil—used as an anti-inflammatory.
Keep in mind that diaper rash can also occur due to allergies from certain diapers (Kaden had a reaction to the Pampers diapers he was given in the hospital, hence why I knew I needed to change those), or from food. Food allergies can of course occur when your child is eating solid foods or being formula-fed, but it can also be due to certain things you may be ingesting and giving to your baby via breast milk, so be sure to rule out all possibilities if your baby continues to get diaper rash on a regular basis – Remember: diaper rash is not abnormal, but it is not normal to be frequent. Another reason for diaper rash can be due to acidity build up from pesky teething, so keep calm and follow our steps to help out your favorite little guy or gal.
Our Favorite All-Natural Diaper Rash Creams and Oils
Common, commercial diaper creams—including several that claim to be all-natural—contain several chemical additives, often made with inactive ingredients such as methylparaben – a chemical preservative which has been found in many cancer cells – and other toxic ingredients. Here’s a list of those honestly, all-natural, organic diaper creams we feel confident in using on our own kids’ lovely baby bums:
1. Earth Mama Angel Baby, Angel Baby Bottom Balm: (This is my go-to)
*This is my preferred choice in all-natural diaper creams. I am such a huge fan of this company – I also use (and trust) their wash/shampoo on Kaden and it is amazing, and this diaper cream is no exception to their amazing product portfolio: it smells amazing (like tea tree and lavender… mmmmm) and it effectively and safely does the job!
“Angel Baby Bottom Balm is a safe, effective, herbal diaper cream that safely battles existing diaper rash and protects against flare ups. Certified by Oregon Tilth, it’s the only ointment made with Earth Mama’s proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, Shea butter and pure essential oils, soothing to thrush, itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns. From diaper bag to your family’s first aid kit, Angel Baby Bottom Balm is a one-jar wonder. It is:
- Toxin free, rated 1 for toxins on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
- Clinically tested, allergy tested
- Safe for cloth diapers
- Lanolin free, vegan, zinc free
Ingredients: Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea) butter, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (organic tea tree), Lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) flower oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John’s wort) flower extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain) extract, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh)”
“All-natural, soothing diaper cream specifically formulated to create an optimal moisture barrier for your baby’s bottom. Contains calming nourishing Calendula and Colloidal Oatmilk. Specifically formulated with anti-inflammatory and soothing extracts. Pediatrician approved. Non-nano zinc oxide helps prevent redness, inflammation and diaper rash.
- Free of: Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes and Fragrances, Sodium Chloride, Formaldehyde, MEA/DEA/TEA, High Allergy Nut Oils, Soy & Dairy, and Gluten.
- Cloth diaper safe
Ingredients: Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil*, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil*, Zinc Oxide, Babassu (Orbignya Oleifera) Seed Oil*, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii ) Butter, Shea Butter, Chamomile, Watercress, Zinc, Natural Beeswax (Cera Flava), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Non-nut), Oat (Avena Sativa) Kernel Oil, Nutrisoothe ® Herbal Extract Blend (Extra Virgin (Olea Europaea) Olive Fruit Oil*, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Flower Extract,* Wildcrafted Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) Leaf Extract, Kudzu (Pueraria Lobata) Root Extract*), Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzoin Siam (Styrax Tonkinensis), Resin Infusion In Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) Seed Oil, Natural Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract. *Certified Organic Ingredients”
” The superior ingredients in California Baby® Diaper Rash Cream work together to prevent new diaper rash from occurring by creating a moisture barrier-without chemicals-between baby’s bottom and the chemical irritants found in most disposable diapers, not to mention urine and…you know. [Their] natural, food-grade diaper rash cream includes ingredients such as ultra-purified lanolin and vitamin-grade zinc (12%), in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera. California Baby® Diaper Rash Cream contains our proprietary Calming™ aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender.
- Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients
- Rated a 2 on the EWG’s Skin Deep Database due to the use of USP pharmaceutical grade Lanolin. Do NOT use in conjunction with cloth diapers.
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Water, Vegetable Glycerin USP (Sourced from Coconut or Olive), Lanolin USP (Ultra Purified), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate (Sourced from Coconut or Olive), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Sourced from Coconut or Olive), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Sourced from Coconut or Olive), Cetyl Alcohol (Sourced from Coconut or Olive), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Antioxidant), Xanthan Gum USP, Calendula Officinalis Extract (Calendula), Viola Tricolor Extract (Pansy), Yucca Aloifolia Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Phytic Acid (Rice Origin), Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylhydroxamic (Amino Acid)”
“No Time for Diaper Rash eliminates bacteria and other microbes more than 3X faster, on average, than all other products tested.* [Their] formulation is designed to protect your little one’s bottom while it heals, providing a barrier from further irritation.
- Triple action formula calms, heals, and protects skin
- 3X faster than leading brands*
- Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist tested
- Safe for sensitive skin
- All-natural, plant-based ingredients
- Doctor recommended
- Never tested on animals
- Made in the USA
- No unnecessary chemicals, alcohol, parabens, steroids, phthalates, artificial fragrance, artificial dyes, mineral oil, petrolatum, soy, gluten, dairy, or potentially harmful preservatives
- **Eliminates bacteria and other germs more than 3X faster, on average, than all other products tested. Based on research.
Ingredients: Regular strength active ingredients: Calendula 1X HPUS as a healing agent, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) 1X HPUS for inflammatory relief; MAX strength active ingredients: Calendula 1X HPUS as a healing agent, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) 1X HPUS for inflammatory relief, Thuja Occidentalis 6X HPUS as a skin protectant, Inactive ingredients: Argan Oil, Beeswax (organic), Chamomile Oil, Coconut Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil (golden), Kokum Butter, Magnesium Oxide, Olive Oil, Silver Oxide, Zinc Oxide”
5. Coconut Oil – Try Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Didn’t see this one coming? Coconut oil contains antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that promote diaper rash healing. The lauric acid that is found in coconut oil can also be beneficial in treating bacterial and fungal issues on baby’s skin, as well as being a natural aid in fighting yeast (this acid is also found in breast milk… and if you are wondering, yes, breast milk can be used on your babe’s diaper rash also to help healing).
- Clean baby, pat dry, and apply a thin layer on the affected area after each changing.
- Only use Organic, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Extra-Virgin 100% Coconut Oil – sounds like a lot to look for, but I promise you’ll find it!
Keep your baby, and their beautiful, delicate, delightfully adorable little baby bums, healthy and well!