Natural Products and Remedies to Prevent or Stop Baby’s Diaper Rash
Let’s face it, no one is happy when the baby gets a diaper rash, but what can you do to prevent or remedy a rash without using harmful products, chemicals or drugs?
Even before I had children and we discovered a link between talcum and a potential to cause cancer, my mother warned me not to use baby powder. Her rationale, which makes perfect sense, was that baby powder could get in the air and could cause respiratory issues. When my children were young, baby powder was one thing I never used. Instead I used zinc oxide as a barrier cream which worked well for both my daughters. We also avoided baby wipes and used soft wash clothes for cleaning most of the time.
Before we go any further also know the difference between Shingles and a Normal Rash.
Not only can baby wipes contain chemicals, they can strip your baby of natural protective oils. Instead try using baby wash clothes and add 2-3 tablespoons baking soda to a few cups of water in a pan to wash the baby’s bottom. Pat dry and diaper. Baking soda balances pH, neutralizes acid, and discouraged growth of yeast and bacteria which can cause infection.
Corn starch is another natural substitute for baby powder and it’s cheap and works well. Some companies make baby products using corn starch rather than talcum.
If you want to make your own baby barrier cream that doesn’t contain petroleum try 4oz of coconut oil with two drops of tea tree oil and add an ounce of natural aloe vera gel. Do not use aloe vera with lidocaine on babies because it can affect the heart. Reference: WebMD.
Ditch the dairy. If you’re breastfeeding, your baby may be reacting to something in your diet. Often dairy, especially milk, is the culprit and may be causing an overgrowth of candida or yeast.
If your baby does develop a yeast infection you can add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into baby’s bathwater to kill the yeast. Follow with a spritz of colloidal silver spray or Silver Shield gel which is a natural antibiotic and make sure to keep your baby dry by changing diapers frequently. Prices can vary widely for silver based products so shop around.
Also see these 6 health symptoms you should never ignore in Children. Diaper rash is one of them.
Bentonite clay is a great natural solution for diaper rash. Just put the pure powder in a shaker and use a little on baby after cleaning and drying. It will absorb moisture so if left too long it can dry and be painful to remove. You may want to switch to a barrier cream like zinc oxide at night. I met one young mom who added acidophilus powder to the clay to treat yeast.
Speaking of acidophilus, even babies need probiotics, especially if they have been on any antibiotics which can lead to fungal infections. I used to give my daughter’s yogurt which they love to this day. There are companies that make probiotics just for babies and I found a wide variety at Lucky Vitamins. Just be sure to check with your pediatrician, nurse practitioner, or naturopath.
I found a few products that are guaranteed talc free
- Avalon Organics Cornstarch Baby Powder ($10) - This hypo-allergenic product contains cornstarch, baking powder, chamomile, calendula, and organic aloe.
- Burt’s Bees - Baby Bee Dusting Powder ($7): This product works well on adults and babies.
- California Baby Non-Talc Calming Powder ($10) - This lavender-scented powder is made from natural kaolin clay, bentonite clay, and cornstarch.
- Nature’s Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder ($12) - This product is talc, gluten, and cornstarch free and contains tapioca starch, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, echinacea angustifolia extract, goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis) extract
Anti Monkey Butt Powder is an amazing product for any age. I first saw this product at Ace Hardware and it caught my attention because monkey butt was a pet name I called my kids. I actually thought the product was a joke but was told they couldn’t keep it on the shelf. As a nurse and massage therapist, I worked with a lot of professional athletes and this became their product of choice to decrease friction and absorb moisture. The good news they now make Anti Monkey Butt powder and cream for baby. The products contain calamine powder and zinc oxide which along with Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis), Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Dowicil, Fragrance, Mineral Oil, Peruvian Balsam, White Petrolatum.
Boudreaux’s Butt Cream is another product that works well on babies or adults. The baby formula contains aloe vera, beeswax, carnauba wax, castor oil, citric acid, hydrogenated castor oil, and Peruvian balsam oil.
Burts Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment is full or amazing natural ingredients. It contains zinc oxide 40%Inactive, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, beeswax, lanolin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, glyceryl rosinate, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, hydrogenated castor oil, olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables, anthemis nobilis flower oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower, lavandula hybrida oil, calendula officinalis flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil.