What home remedies for diaper rash did grandmother, or mother, used 30 years ago?

Once we found what caused the diaper rash and removed it, the big challenge is to treat it quickly. So you begin to wonder "what home remedies for diaper rash did my mother use?"

Be careful though at what you are using. The natural creams that claim they're "bio/eco/natural" contain too little amount of the beneficial ingredients (chamomile, marigold, lavender) and a gazillion chemical coumpounds.

It seems almost all babies are bound to get stuffed noses, cry from colics, catch a cold, get constipated and develop a diaper rash.

Did any of these ever happened to your child? Well, as a fresh proud mother of a baby girl I got it all :) Yet, I was fortunate enough to have two mothers and other mommy friends to walk me through them all.

It was not as hard as I thought it would be and, at after the first couple of months, I got the hang of it. If Roxana, my daughter, cried it was one of 3 causes - she was hungry, she needed her diapers changed or she had collics. Ocassionaly, non ordinary problems like diaper rashes happened.

Why does diaper rash happen?

Up to 1 year old, diaper rashes are frequent. The reason it is called diaper rash is because the main cause is a wet diaper. The skin absorbs almost 70% of the stuff we put on it and the wee or poo don't make an exception. They will make the baby's bootom red and inflamed.

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No need to worry mummy friend. If you treat this rash with home remedies it should go away in a couple of days. And yes, your common sense is right. The safest way to stay diaper rash free is to keep the baby's bottom as clean as possible.

The secret is to leave the baby without diapers, at least for a little while, in order for the skin to dry. In the nice warm summer days let your baby roam freely without a diaper. It will make him very happy and the air will heal the rash quikly.

Another cause is a change in diaper's brand. If you've just changed it, use the last one or try another brand. This happened to us when we changed to a cheaper brand, but other momies told me the same thing happened when they used a more expensive brand. Just take it into consideration and see if reversing to the old diapers will help.

Wet wipes have a nice smell and sometimes very intense. They're cheap and they get the job done. However, do we really know what's in them?

Wet wipes are soaked with flagrances, parabens and many other chemicals (tetrasodium EDTA, hydroxy propstearic acid, propylene glycol) that cause allergic reactions, headaches, hormonal imbalances and other bad things. We wish a long and happy life for our children, yet we poison them right from the beginning.

I'm afraid we choose to "bury our head in the sand" and pretend we don't know they're bad for us and for our children, just because we are too comfortable. A more natural alternative is doable and no more expensive than the commercial one. Just use cotton cloths or even kitchen paper towels that you spritz with warm tea or water.

Grandmother style natural home remedies for diaper rash

My daughter has tried these home remedies personally and, if I might add, she quite enjoyed them. I hope you will find this list quite as handy as I did.

1. Wash the irritated skin with a warm chamomile infusion. Make infusion just for one wash, and then make it again every hour. This will restore the normal metabolism of the skin; it is light and starts the skin's normal defense.

Chamomile has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it is perfect not only for diaper rash, but for eczema too.

In our home, chamomile is ubiquitous. I bathed my daughter, Roxana, daily with a chamomile and calendula infusion for the first couple of months of her life. When something more complicated happened like an eczema on face or a diaper rash, I just made a more concentrated infusion.

2. The sister flower of Chamomile is without a doubt Marigold. They both work wonders for the skin. Marigold tea stimulates blood circulation in the tissues and speeds up healing of the skin.

Instead of using just chamomile or marigold, use the "sister power" and make an infusion twice as powerful. Wash the baby's skin or just add it to the bath water.

3. Wash with pure water, dab a cotton ball in black tea and apply it gently on the baby's bottom. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.

4. The irritation makes even a grown-up scratch, not to mention a child. To soothe a little the skin use the old classic boiled oil remedy.

Wash and dry the baby first. Then boil some olive oil or sunflower oil. The best option is put the oil in a glass bottle and boil it in a bain-marie for 20 minutes. After it cools, apply a thin layer of oil on the baby's skin. In 2-3 days the diaper rash should be gone.

Another effective use of both oil and chamomile is a homemade chamomile oil. My mother-in-law makes it for us and we use it at the beach in the summer to prevent sunburn.

5. Lavender not only smells nice, but it is also soothing and stimulates the growth of new skin cells, just like marigold.

When you bathe your baby, put 2 drops of lavender oil in the water. But perhaps the child would be more thrilled if you let him throw a couple of homemade fizzy bath balls made with lavender oil and lavender flowers in the bath and watch them disappear like magic :)

6. One handy method to keep the baby's bottom dry and also to neutralize the acidic environment produced by bacteria is sodium bicarbonate.

Dissolve a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a cup with warm water and wash the baby without rinsing. Afterwards, just wipe lightly and don't use anything else.

7. The most effective diaper rash ointments are based on marigold, chamomile, sea buckthorn, Saint John's Wort - the classic herbs for skin healing.

As always, try to choose ointments made with organic herbs or of controlled origin because the herbs absorb much of the pollutants from the environment. Don't mix the creams, especially if you use them for the first time. Use only one at a time so you can tell wich one is for your baby.

I always have two diaper rash ointments at hand - one with marigold and propolis and the other one with sea buckhtorn. They're quite cheap and they served us for most skin problems.

8. I found at least two easy ways to enhance these remedies by using two home remedies for diaper rash instead of one.

For example dissolve the sodium bicarbonate in a concentrated marigold infusion and use it as you would for just the sodium bicarbonate.

The second super combo is this: wash the child with marigold tea and afterwards use the marigold cream. If you're on the right road, walk all the way!

What do you use?

I found plain cornstarch not only soothe but kept moisture away from babys skin. ~ Mercia

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