As promised in my post on the causes of diaper rash, here are my favorite natural diaper rash treatment recipes. I’ve included a variety of options so that you can use what’s already in your pantry and/or ingredients you can find locally when possible. Every recipe is super easy to make and free of petrolatum, dimethicone, mineral oil and other yuckiness often found in commercial formulas.
This stuff is so versatile – it can be used for for dry/chapped skin, diaper rash, and sunburns, and eczema, or as an amazing daily moisturizer for the face and body. To use, apply a thin layer of balm and then follow with my homemade baby powder to create a protective moisture barrier.
Infused with zinc oxide – which is the therapeutic ingredient in the most popular commercial diaper rash ointment – this homemade diaper rash cream provides a protective barrier while soothing irritated tushies. However, unlike its popular commercial counterpart, it doesn’t contain skin irritants like petrolatum, dimethicone, or mineral oil.
Although it didn’t perform as well as clay, calendula has been shown to support healing from diaper rash.(source) To incorporate the benefits of clay, it can be applied and then topped with homemade clay baby powder (recipe below). I keep this Calendula “Everything” Balm on hand because it can be used as a face moisturizer, chapped-lip balm, baby bottom balm, owie salve, burn salve, bug bite balm, and more. Here’s my calendula salve recipe.
As mentioned above, hydrated bentonite clay has been shown to improve diaper rash “seven times faster within six hours of application than those who were treated with calendula cream.” I’ve found that it’s the key factor in supporting skin healing, but rather than mixing it with water I prefer to use a soothing balm and then hydrate the clay by allowing it to absorb some of the moisture from the balm.It’s super easy to make into homemade baby powder, and affordable, too!
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