Natural Diaper Rash Solutions

babyWho likes to see their baby suffering with a diaper rash? We have been plagued with frequent diaper rashes on my little Karis’ bottom for a long time. I have been determined to find a natural solution to this issue. I have tried a lot of various natural cremes (Weleda, Burt’s Bees, etc) without too much success…

UPDATE: Why look for a natural alternative in the first place? Your traditional Desitin and other store brands (including dusting powders) contains methylparaben, talc and fragrance (which is a friendly alternative word for phthalates). Studies link these ingredients with bioaccumulation in humans and wildlife, cancer, endocrine disruption and hormone mimicry, allergies and skin toxicity, tissue irritation, and toxicity to various organs, to name a few. Talc especially is known for being commonly contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.

Two keys I have found to avoiding and dealing with rashes is to change diapers frequently, and making sure the bottom is dry completely after changing. I recommend having a hair dryer near your changing table to speed up this process!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil wins again! If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you will be aware of what a huge fan I am of coconut oil. This product fulfills so many of my needs in one single item (from a nutritional oil used in the majority of my cooking and baking, to various wonderful homemade body products). Just recently, we have discovered how wonderful this oil is for your baby’s bottom! It is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and thus a superior working agent against both yeast infections (in combination with shea butter) and regular diaper rashes. I simply rub some on the baby’s bottom after each diaper change to keep it away.

It may cost more up front to buy a large container of coconut oil, but with it’s multipurpose use, it covers many needs and thus will save you money ultimately. Find superior organic cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil through Mountain Rose Herbs. They have the best price around for the highest quality!

Comfrey Root Ointment

Comfrey is a wonder at producing rapid regeneration of skin cells and is a reputable healer for all wounds, irritations, and rashes. Excellent solution for minor burns as well as it soothes, heals, and strengthens the skin so it is less susceptible to irritation. Comfrey leaves are less effective against diaper rash, so stick with the ointments made from the root or oil.

I have been applying a layer of both coconut oil and comfrey ointment with great results! These are perfectly safe for cloth diapers – no staining on my BumGenius!

I recommend: Country Comfort Herbal Savvy as a natural comfrey ointment, which is available through Azure Standard and Vitacost. Mountain Rose Herbs also sells a organic comfrey oil.

Plantain

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year recommended the use of plantain oil to relieve the pain of diaper rashes. You can crush clean fresh leaves and put them next to your baby’s skin with each diaper change or apply plantain oil directly to their bottoms. Plantain oil is available through Mountain Rose Herbs as well. I have not tried this method yet, but it looks like another viable alternative.

For those dealing with yeast infections, try the coconut oil and raw shea butter combination! While participating in a discussion on this topic, I had several ladies share that this is the key to naturally solving yeast infections.

Further Reading on Coconut Oil

Natural Body Products on A Budget – Coconut Oil
The World of Oils
– Using Coconut Oil in Cooking
Q & A: Coconut Oil

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

82 Responses to Natural Diaper Rash Solutions

  1. Bethany M January 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    The absolute best thing that I have ever done for my kids was to make a batch of oatmeal but make it very thin and runny. Add about 3 times the water for a batch. put this is a baby bath tub that the little one can sit in. let them set it there for a bit and soak. I have seen my kids have broken skin patches and even open sores ( my son is very sensitive to certain foods) and this would heal those almost overnight. When they were older I just dumped oatmeal right in the tub with them, this works too!! This was ALWAYS soothing for their skin and you can’t get much more natural!

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  3. Betsy October 19, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Can coconut oil be used with cloth diapers for diaper rash? Thanks!

    • Lindsay October 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      When used with a liner to avoid contact with the diaper, otherwise it could affect absorbency.

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  5. brande November 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    do you put a barrier between your baby’s bottom and the cloth diaper? thanks!

  6. Mellissa Foronda October 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

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  7. jane martin July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    My Mum swears by comfrey. Good to know it’s not an old wives tale!

  8. Lizzy Neiger May 27, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    Hi, Lindsay. I am an overseas worker who has been trying to live without many of the so-called conveniences of American life and raise my children to do the same. My CD’d daughter who is now nearing 2 was also plagued for months and months by rashes. We’d get one cleared up only to have another one within a few weeks. I tried many different diaper remedies, but what really did the trick was local coconut oil. I started using it back in December, and aside from a few days where loose poop just irritated her more than usual, she hasn’t had any significant diaper rashes since them. I’ve told every mom here who CD’s that it’s the cheapest, best, multipurpose product you can find in the local market. I haven’t always been into doing things naturally, but finding your blog has even inspired me to test out that natural deodorant since my preferred brands aren’t available here. Thanks!

  9. MBN May 16, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Would i be OK to rub coconut oil on my baby’s bottom even after it is extremely red w/broken skin?

  10. Amy February 22, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Is shea butter also safe for cloth diapers if I used the shea butter with the coconut oil for yeast?

    • Lindsay February 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      I have not experienced any problems with my cloth diapers using shea butter and coconut oil. Check out the recipe here.

  11. K.W. February 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Uh oh…I was going to try this recipe and went to Sprouts today to get the ingredients, and came home to find I got cocoa butter vs. shea butter…will this still work? It’s quite a feat to get everyone back to the store just to return/exchange something like this, so I thought I’d ask your take on whether cocoa butter will work for my first batch (will buy shea next time). Input?

    • Lindsay February 16, 2010 at 8:44 am #

      Well, cocoa powder is a moisturizer but it does not have the same antifungal properties as Shea butter. If you are not dealing with a yeast infection then it should work fine for normal bottom protection with the coconut oil.