Diaper rash can be painful and uncomfortable for your little one. While there are many over the counter treatments available, including powders, creams, and lotions, some of them may contain ingredients that may actually irritate your child’s skin even more.
Talc is one such ingredient that used to be a safe and effective way to treat diaper rash because of its absorbency; however, it has been found to cause lung irritation and skin irritation in powder form.
Mineral oil is another ingredient often used because it is water-insoluble and offers the skin a protective barrier. However, it remains on the skin until it is wiped away, so if the skin isn’t cleaned often, it can end up causing more irritation as the mineral oil builds up.
Coconut Oil is a natural antifungal and antibacterial oil. It can create a protective barrier on the skin to help prevent and treat painful diaper rash.
Essential Oils for Diaper Rash
Fortunately, there are several essential oils that have been found helpful for treating diaper rash for your little one.
Lavender Essential Oil. This is a good disinfectant for the skin while also improving blood circulation to promote even faster healing time.
Lemon Essential Oil. This oil contains many antiseptic properties that can help treat the symptoms of diaper rash.
Tea Tree Essential Oil. This is a good disinfectant and also contains powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.
Frankincense Essential Oil. This is a popular ingredient included in many DIYs for baby products. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help with any pain or swelling in the area, and the antioxidants promote healing.
Chamomile Essential Oil. This is another popular essential oil that can be used safely for babies and children. It is an anti-inflammatory and can help with many skin-related conditions, including diaper rash.
How to Use
Now that you know which essential oils are effective for the treatment of diaper rash, it is important to understand how to safely and effectively use them.
For a natural and safe baby powder that doesn’t have talc, you can mix corn flour or arrowroot starch with one or more of the essential oils we have listed above and then apply to the diaper area to help soothe diaper rash.
For a cream that is safe to use and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, you can mix cocoa butter or coconut oil with the essential oils listed above and apply to the infected area generously.
Finally, you can also make a spray that can help soothe red and irritated skin from diaper rash by mixing coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and any of the above essential oils. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray with each diaper change.
Any and all of these more natural alternatives are perfect for treating even the worst case of diaper rash for your little one safely and effectively.
Meta: Instead of using commercial products to treat diaper rash, you should consider the benefits of essential oils to soothe and protect the skin.