Homemade Diaper Rash Remedies That Really Work
Diaper rashes are not only uncomfortable, but they can lead to a number of infections that can place a lot of stress on babies as well as their parents. The most common cause of diaper rashes is wearing dirty diapers for long periods of time, and this can be a big problem during a prolonged survival situation as supplies may be limited and you try to conserve your stockpile. Let’s take a look at some common, yet simple remedies that you can use to help clear up diaper rashes in order minimize the discomfort and stress that may be magnified during difficult times.
Vinegar is a gentle, yet effective way to balance pH levels on the skin after it comes into contact with the acidic compounds in urine. These acids irritate the skin and contribute to chafing, redness as well as the potential for bacterial and yeast infections to develop. If you are using disposable diapers, clean them as normal before soaking them in a bucket that contains one cup of vinegar for every gallon of water. Allow to dry without rinsing and this will help to protect the baby when they wear the diapers the next time. Another important option is to add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of water and gently dab it on the baby’s skin after cleaning and before putting on the new diaper.
Baking Soda and Cornstarch
Both of these items help to absorb moisture and reduce friction between the diaper and skin. Using them can help to speed up the healing of rashes while also helping to prevent them from developing in the first place. To treat a rash, take two tablespoons of baking soda for every cup of water and stir until the powder is dissolved. Gently wash the rash and pat it dry. You can also use a baking soda/water mixture to bathe the baby a few times a day until the rash clears.
Sprinkling cornstarch on the baby’s bottom after removing the diaper and cleaning the area can help to reduce friction and contribute to the healing process as well. Simply apply a generous amount of starch to the skin and new diaper before putting it on the baby.
Coconut Oil and Shea Butter
Coconut oil is a fantastic skin moisturizer that is loaded with vitamins that also promote healing and the overall health of skin as well. You can apply the oil to an existing rash or as a way to prevent one from occurring. You can also add a few tablespoons of coconut oil to the bath water and use it to help cleanse and protect all of the skin.
Shea butter acts as a moisturizer, but it also has very strong antibiotic and anti-fungal properties that can go a long way to quickly heal rashes while preventing new ones from developing. Simply let the butter melt in your hands before applying it to the baby’s bottom and putting on a new diaper. You can also use a small amount of petroleum jelly to act as a protective barrier between the diaper and the skin as an alternative.
Oatmeal and Breast Milk
Oatmeal baths are well-known for helping to alleviate the pain and irritation associated with various skin conditions. Not only does it help to dry out rashes, but it soothes the skin and helps to promote the healing process. Believe it or not, breast milk is also an excellent option to use for treating diaper rashes due to their nutrient content and the fact that the baby will not have an allergic reaction to the treatment. Apply some milk to the affected area and allow it to dry before using one of the other remedies listed above to coat and protect the skin after you put on the new diaper.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, and there are many other home remedies out there that can be used to help prevent diaper rashes and to reduce their recurrence. Try them for yourself, and feel free to share any other ideas or remedies that have worked for you or someone you know.