When it comes to treating diaper rashes, natural homemade remedies are definitely better when compared with the commercial balms and ointments.
The homemade remedies are not just safe for your baby as tender skin, but they also offer faster relief and better results.
Some basic things you must understand
There are a lot of natural remedies, which you can use, to treat your baby as nappy and diaper rashes, but before we tell you about these we would like to talk about a few important things first.
When your baby is suffering from diaper rashes it is best to avoid any soap at the time of bathing your child. Use plain warm water to give your child a bath, or at the most you can add some oatmeal to the bathing water. After the bath, it is important to dry the baby as bottom properly, and that can be done by using a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting or simply by patting the baby as bottom with a soft towel.
Let the baby stay without the diaper for at least an hour, because exposing the skin to open air helps in speeding up the healing process. If possible lay your baby on the chest, with the soft towel underneath, so that the skin around his bums gets ample exposure to the natural air.
When changing dirty diapers, try not to use the commercial baby wipes because they mostly contain alcohol and alcohol can cause a lot of irritation to the baby as soft and tender skin. Alternatively, you can use cotton balls dipped in plain water to wipe the dirt. But most importantly you must dry the area thoroughly, before you put on a fresh diaper.
The natural homemade remedies
Olive oil emulsion
You can make this by whisking in a few drops of water into a tablespoon of olive oil until it turns smooth and creamy. Apply it to the affected area, every time you change the diaper.
Cod liver oil
Take a Cod liver oil capsule, cut it open and pour it over the diaper rashes, and the rashes will be gone within a day or two.
At the time of changing the diaper, you can dust in some baby powder to which boric acid has been added. Boric acid helps in keeping the area dry, and thus will prevent the formation of fresh diaper rashes while drying up the existing ones.