Diaper rash is one of the most common issues parents face, especially in babies, as it can occur due to an irritant from a wipe or diaper, yeast infection, or even chafing. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to fix a diaper rash and prevent it from happening again.
Wash the area with warm water or a mild baby cleanser, using a soft washcloth or gentle wipe. After washing, gently pat skin dry — don’t rub because this can aggravate the damaged skin. If you used an ointment or paste at the previous diaper change, leave it on – this will help protect your baby’s delicate skin from dirt and friction.
Alternatively, you can apply an over-the-counter diaper rash cream or ointment like A + D, Balmex, Desitin, Triple Paste or Lotrimin (for yeast infections). Some products also contain zinc oxide, which forms a protective barrier against the irritation caused by feces and stool.
Another natural and easy remedy is oatmeal, which provides relief from diaper rash pain and irritation. Mix a tablespoon of oatmeal with bath water and let your baby sit in the tub (hold him if needed). Once he’s out of the bath, gently pat his skin dry — don’t rub because that can aggravate the irritation. For maximum healing power, try this twice a day. Also consider extending bath time, so your baby spends more time out of a diaper and can allow his skin to breathe.