How to Treat Your Baby's Diaper Rash Without Harsh Chemicals

If your baby has a diaper rash now, try some of the ideas found below to clear it up.

1. Remove your baby's clothes and give her a warm bath. Be sure to skip the baby soap and the wash cloth to avoid further irritation to the skin. However, if you find that your baby is in need of a deep cleansing, you can give your baby an oatmeal bath. Give Aveeno's oatmeal bath treatment a try to give your baby a soothing and cleansing bath.

2. Pat your baby dry with a soft towel. If you rub, it could cause your baby pain, so it is better to gently pat any excess water away with a soft towel.

3. Allow the baby's bottom to air out. Lay your baby out on a changing pad with her bottom up. Be sure to leave the diaper off and do not add any diaper rash cream. Try to do this as often as possible to help heal the rash.

4. Make your own diaper rash cream using a simple recipe. Combine 4 ounces of jojoba oil and 1 ounce of beeswax in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Then, heat the wax/oil mixture in a hot water bath over the stove top until it is melted. Remove the glass measuring cup and whisk in 0.5 ounces of zinc oxide. You can store this homemade diaper rash cream in a wide mouth jar for easy scooping. Apply the cream whenever you change the baby's diaper.

5. Change your baby more often. Since urine and feces both contain high level of acids that can break the sensitive layer of your baby's skin down, it is best to change your baby at least once per hour or whenever the diaper is dirty.

6. Make your own diaper wipes. Gather half a roll of thick paper towels, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 2 tablespoons of baby soap and an empty baby wipe container. Fold the paper towels and place them into the empty baby wipe container. Mix the liquid ingredients in a glass jar, then pour the mixture into the container. If after a few days, you notice that the wipes have a musty scent to them, you can drain the old mixture out and add a fresh batch to replace the old.

7. Keep the diaper rash away with coconut oil. Melt enough coconut oil to fit into a small spray bottle and place it into warm water before use. It is best to spray this mixture onto the diaper area each time you change the baby's diaper.

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