Having a persistent diaper rash is a pain in the butt for both you and your baby. Have you tried putting over-the-counter medications such as Desitin, Desitin Maximum Strength, Triple Paste, and Butt Paste and still aren’t having any luck? Before you set up an appointment with the doctor, consider these five home remedies first:
1) Bare Butt
Let your baby run naked as a jay bird. For at least one hour during the day, let them go streaking down the hall and across the living room as freely as they please. Babies love naked time! This allows air to circulate on the affected area, especially if it is an ammonia based rash (just make sure to keep the rags and carpet cleaner handy!). If you want to be really brave, leave your baby to sleep without a diaper over night on a waterproof mattress pad.
Rub some vinegar on the diaper rash. Because urine that has been sitting in a diaper is so alkaline, or acidic, it can irritate your baby’s skin. In order to neutralize the pH, add some basic vinegar from your cooking cabinets! This works especially well if it is a yeast based rash. I used vinegar on my breast from having a thrush from pumping and it cleared up in about a week.
Hang your diapers out to dry on the clothesline. Several hours in the hot sun can kill off any unwanted bacteria. Not only that, but the sun bleaches those tough stains as well!
4) Stripping Diapers
If your baby’s nappies aren’t being cleansed properly of all that ammonia or are getting a build-up of detergent, you will need to strip them. There are various methods out there, but the one I’ve been told by a friend is to place all your diapers in a bath tub and pour boiling water over them until you see no more bubbling foam.
5) Fleece Liners
You can buy or make your own fleece liners to go inside your diapers, especially if you use prefolds like me. The fleece wicks away the moisture and acts as a barrier so the soaked cotton isn’t directly against your baby’s sensitive skin. Bummis, Kushis, and Kissaluvs all sell reusable fleece liners for pretty cheap, but you can make your own for ever cheaper! Remember those old Carter’s sleep sack pajamas you used to use on your newborn? If they’re still laying around, cut them up into strips about 5″ x 10″ and lay them on top of your prefolds before wrapping them around your baby.
My daughter has been dealing with a pint-sized diaper rash for the last two weeks and although I’ve been applying Desitin Maximum Strength to the area, it’s not getting worse, but not getting any better either. Before setting up an appointment with the doctor I looked up some home remedies. I’ve started with number 5 and less than a day later, it’s finally making some headway!