Diaper rash problem is most common in infants under the age of 15 months. This problem generally occurs due to the friction between diapers to baby skin, as the skin of baby is very sensitive and prone to inflammation and itching. It occurs on the areas covered with diaper such as genitals and buttocks as it is very sensitive area the problem raises. Though it is not a serious problem, it leads baby to discomfort and as a result they cry frequently.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Diaper rash. You hate to see it on your little one's bottom, and your baby doesn't enjoy it, either. While far from being a serious medical problem, it's another of life's little discomforts. Luckily, there are plenty of gentle, effective home remedies to soothe your baby's bottom.
Diaper rash is a type of irritant dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The moist, warm, and enclosed environment of a diaper, combined with loads of bacteria, make a baby's bottom the perfect place for a rash to pop up. Other factors that can contribute to rash development include hot and humid weather, skin allergies, poor laundering of diapers, new materials in diapers that irritate sensitive skin, and infrequent diaper changes.
  • Diaper rash is the result of irritation, usually caused by prolonged exposure to a diaper that is moist with urine or soiled with stool. Chafing from tight-fitting diapers or clothing or contact with an irritating substance in certain disposable wipes or diapers, detergents or other laundry products, soaps, or lotions may also produce a rash in the diaper area.
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Diaper Rash Symptoms:
Diaper rash symptoms may be redness of skin on the buttocks, genitals and in some cases the skin becomes slightly swollen. it may cause severe pain and can be cured without treating for 3 to 4 days in some cases. If the rash or pain persists it is advised to consult doctor.
Diaper Rash Causes:
Previously there was a myth for diaper rash case is, due to teething diet and ammonia presence in the urine. But now the physicians find the causes for particular rash as following:
·         High Humidity
·         Friction to skin with diaper
·         Continuous usage of diapers when they are                                 filled with urine and stools.
·         Infection due to fungus
·         Infection due to bacteria
·         Not suitable diaper material for skin
When the skin is overexposed to diaper without changing for longer duration the problem may get serious as the skin that is covered by diaper loses its moisture and becomes dry as a result the skin starts breaking and damaging occurs in that particular area. The friction between the folds of skin and diaper becomes high and they feel uncomfortable due to the infection that leads to pain. It is usually caused in the areas covering with diaper and upper thigh where the usual formation of folds occurs.
Infants who are at the ages of  4-15 months are attacked by diaper rash due to the following calamities
Baby gets older to 8-10 months
If the cleanliness of the baby not maintained properly.
If the baby has frequent bowel movements and not changed the diaper after each bowels.
Babies start solid food intake.
Taking antibiotics whether the mother who breast feeds or the baby.
The problem becomes peculiar in the case of babies who are treating with antibiotics. As this may lead to yeast infection and causes damage to baby skin.
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Diaper Rash- Tips, Remedies, and Treatments
Home Remedies
Corn Starch
Corn starch is fantastic for clearing up diaper rash.  It helps dry out the rash which then allows it to begin to clear.  You can also make a corn starch paste using water and apply it to the skin.  The paste creates a great barrier for protecting the skin between changes.
Baking Soda Bath Soak
Baking soda has amazing healing properties and is used to treat all sorts of skin irritations.  Making a baking soda bath is a great way to help sooth rashed skin.  Add roughly one cup of baking soda to your child's bath.  Skip bubbles and any other soaps if possible.  Those are loaded with chemicals which will only further irritate the skin. Let baby soak and play for roughly 10-15 minutes and once bath time is over be sure to pat the skin dry so that the baking soda stays on the skin.
Whisked Up Egg Whites
I know this one sounds bizarre but many readers mentioned it so I did some searching.  It turns out this is one odd home remedy that actually works.  The egg whites create a barrier to protect the healing skin.  The protein in the whites also helps the rash to heal.  It is an all natural, old fashioned remedy that will work in a pinch. Just be mindful and cautious of allergies.  If your child is not yet old enough to consume egg you should skip this or reserve it for after, once you know they do not have an allergy.
An Epsom Salt Soak
Add roughly one cup of Epsom salt to your babies bath and let them soak.  The salt helps relieve soreness and dry out the rash.
An Oatmeal Soak
Oatmeal helps cleanse the skin and makes a great addition to the bath in place of your usual soaps and washes.  You can buy oatmeal bath products like Aveeno Soothing Baby Bath Treatment or you could whip up a home remedy.  One reader said she placed regular oatmeal in a sock and then tossed it in the tub and it worked wonders.   Another reader used a grinder to finely grind the oatmeal from her pantry before adding it directly to the bath water.
Store Bought Remedies
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil can be found in the cooking section of most major grocery stores as well as in drug stores.  It helps fight yeast, smells great, is soothing, and is a great natural remedy free of chemicals.  It is easy to apply and usually clears up a standard to severe diaper rash within a few applications.  There are also TONS of other ways to use coconut oil.  It is good stuff!
Boudreaux's Butt Paste
Many readers recommended Boudreaux's Butt Paste to me, and it REALLY does work!  We saw a huge difference after just one application.  This is one store bought remedy I can really get behind, pun intended.
Tips To Keep Diaper Rash At Bay:
During seasonal changes infants are much prone to diaper rash. At this time, change the diaper of infants as often as possible when they urinate. Clean the area gently with a soft tissue which is covered by the diaper, if there is any bowels and if they not disappear with water then use some mild soaps to wash the area.
Clean water must be used for this purpose and if it is running water, it is best as there is no need of soap for cleaning.
Pat dry the area which is covered by the diaper. Let it breathe for fresh air.
The common mistake every parent does is applying lotion or powder to the affected area. This should not be done at any cost. Allow it to air dry to restore the moisture levels and if necessary rub the area with gentle and soft towel. Perfumes and products with alcohol should not be used for the se areas as they causes inflammation and leads baby to discomfort.
Steroid creams are only prescribed by the doctors as they are harmful and requires rarely.
Apply diaper rash cream which contains zinc oxide and petrolatum if necessary to create a protective layer on the affected skin. The ointment should be thick and sticky which lasts longer duration.
Consult Doctor In Following Cases:
If blisters or pus seen at the affected area.
If diaper rash persists after 72 hours.
If it becomes severe.
Triple Paste
Triple paste is a medicated ointment that works quickly to relieve and heal irritated skin.  It is fragrance free and hypoallergenic.  Many readers mentioned Triple Paste and said they LOVE it.  I have never tried it but I trust the experienced mama's that are my readers.  If we were to battle a future bad rash this would be one product I would purchase without hesitation.
Anti Monkey Butt
Anti Monkey Butt is specially formulated to eliminate moisture and sweat.  It is marketed for butt busting activities like bicycling, motorcycling, and running.  While it is not made exclusively for diaper rash prevention many readers said that it works fantastically! Anti Monkey Butt would surely produce giggles from my girls, making me a fan of their marketing.
Lanolin is used by breastfeeding moms to treat irritated or cracked nipples.  What makes Lanolin great for diaper rash is that it is specifically made to be applied to irritated and cracked skin.  Many other store bought creams should only be applied as a barrier for the healthy, unrashed skin as they can burn or cause further irritation.
There are a TON more creams and ointments on the market that would provide relief.  Many were recommended to me, but the above were the ones that were most mentioned or that I personally tried and loved.  Some others that were mentioned as products that provide fast relief were Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment,  A&D Ointment, and Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment.
For Rashes that will not go away from any of the above treatments
See the doctor.  What looks like a diaper rash is sometimes more.  Yeast infections are commonly mistaken for diaper rash in babies. A prescription ointment like Nystatin might be needed.  Some readers recommended trying things like athletes foot cream or anti-fungal foot powder.  While these might actually work I would recommend seeing the doctor and getting a proper prescription.  Things that are not made for the diaper area should not be applied, especially on girls.  Also, the rash could be something more severe that needs to be treated.
Top 5 Ways to Treat Diaper Rash
There's a lot for a baby to deal with in the first year of life: adjusting to life outside the cozy confines of the womb, breaking in nervous parents and posing for lots of pictures. And for more than one in three babies, life will also include the irritation and discomfort of diaper rash.
It's an alarming sight for parents: buttocks that are red and splotchy, thighs that look rubbed raw, and genital areas that look inflamed. Some children may experience just a mild case, while for others, diaper rash only seems to worsen and linger.
There are different types of diaper rash and different contributing factors. The soreness, rash and chafing that are the hallmarks of diaper rash can be caused by friction, moisture, bacteria, antibiotics and even chemicals. Generally, an initial irritant such as moisture agitates the skin, leaving the weakened skin susceptible to other factors such as bacteria. Fortunately, babies are less prone to diaper rash as they get older and their skin toughens up a bit.
When it comes to fighting the War on Diaper Rash, the best offense is a good defense. As is the case with fruit flies in a kitchen, preventing diaper rash is much easier than getting rid of it. The following five preventive measures will help keep your baby happy, healthy and full of smiles during diaper changes
Other Tips -Things you Should & Should NOT Do:
Do NOT use baby wipes- they may burn the skin and spread the bacteria, and in turn, the rash.
DO let baby go diaper free as much as possible- diaper rash thrives in dark, moist places.  Leaving your child diaper free takes away the environment the rash needs to thrive.  The air is also very soothing to sore bums.
DO give baby lots of fluids, especially water-  this makes urine less concentrated and less irritating to the skin.  Cranberry juice is okay, but most other juices should be given in small amounts.  The sugar from the juice can make the urine more irritating and the rash worse.
Do NOT use baby powder-  Baby powder is made from talc.  These very small particles are too easily inhaled and can cause breathing issues and lung problems.  The corn starch baby powders are a safer alternative, but I would skip it altogether. Plain corn starch works wonders!
DO pat dry baby- any type of wiping or rubbing will hurt and further irritate and even spread the rash.  Also always make sure baby is 100% dry before applying any creams or ointments. If you apply ointment over wet skin it traps the moisture and make the rash worse.
Technically, the word eczema is a general term, referring to a broad range of red, itchy rashes, including contact allergies such as poison oak. Usually, though, most people use eczema to mean a specific condition called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions in children. You can help minimize inflamed patches of eczema, but her skin will remain sensitive until she outgrows the condition. Here are some simple tips and natural remedies to use in the meantime:
Avoid triggers. Identifying and avoiding the triggers is the best way to treat atopic dermatitis. These triggers vary from child to child. Here is a list of common triggers to watch for:
Rubbing or scratching the skin
Excessive moisture, such as from saliva or milk
Excessive dryness
Cold air
Common house dust
Wool or other scratchy fabric
Cow’s milk
Dog or cat dander
Cigarette smoke
Clothes washed in an irritating detergent
Moisturize mindfully. Keeping a moderate amount of moisture in the skin is a cornerstone of treatment. To keep skin healthy, it is better to avoid long baths - anything that causes skin “pruning,” which disrupts the moisture-retaining layer of sensitive skin. Aim for frequent, brief baths in lukewarm water, and don’t use any cleanser unless she is particularly dirty. These brief baths will hydrate the skin, not dry it out. After baths, and in between, moisturize skin using coconut oil.
Try a homemade healing salve. Every child’s eczema is a bit unique, both in cause and comforting solutions. You can find many DIY natural remedies online, but you’ll have to do a bit of experimenting to see what works for your child. Here’s one recipe:
Warm ¾ cup of coconut oil on the stove.
Add a few drops of rosemary oil {optional}
Stir in 1/4 cup of oats that’s been finely ground in a food processor to be the consistency of flour.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Pour into a container and wait a few hours for it to solidify.
We are constantly making new skin cells at about the rate that we lose old, dry skin cells. The old skin falls off and we usually don’t even notice the process. In many healthy infants, the skin cells on their scalp grow faster than they can fall off, leaving a layer of somewhat crusty, extra skin.
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