As promised in my post on the causes of diaper rash, here are my favorite natural diaper rash treatment recipes. I’ve included a variety of options so that you can use what’s already in your pantry and/or ingredients you can find locally when possible. Every recipe is super easy to make and free of petrolatum, dimethicone, mineral oil and other yuckiness often found in commercial formulas.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment Recipe #1: Tallow Balm
This stuff is so versatile – it can be used for for dry/chapped skin, diaper rash, and sunburns, and eczema, or as an amazing daily moisturizer for the face and body. To use, apply a thin layer of balm and then follow with my homemade baby powder to create a protective moisture barrier.
You can make your own tallow balm with this recipe, or buy pre-made tallow balm here. As discussed in this post on safe essential oils for children, a dilution ratio of 0.25% is recommended for babies under two. My friend Emilie (who makes the pre-made tallow balm) sells a 1% dilution which is perfect for older children and face/body care, but for babies I’d opt for her unscented version. My tallow balm tutorial includes instructions for a baby-appropriate dilution.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment Recipe #2: Diaper Cream With Zinc Oxide
Infused with zinc oxide – which is the therapeutic ingredient in the most popular commercial diaper rash ointment – this homemade diaper rash cream provides a protective barrier while soothing irritated tushies. However, unlike its popular commercial counterpart, it doesn’t contain skin irritants like petrolatum, dimethicone, or mineral oil.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment Recipe #3: Diaper Cream With Bentonite Clay
In one study, babies whose diaper rash was treated with hydrated bentonite clay improved seven times faster within six hours of application than those who were treated with calendula cream. Here’s the clay diaper rash cream recipe I use.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment Recipe #4: Calendula Salve
Although it didn’t perform as well as clay, calendula has been shown to support healing from diaper rash.(source) To incorporate the benefits of clay, it can be applied and then topped with homemade clay baby powder (recipe below). I keep this Calendula “Everything” Balm on hand because it can be used as a face moisturizer, chapped-lip balm, baby bottom balm, owie salve, burn salve, bug bite balm, and more. Here’s my calendula salve recipe.
Natural Diaper Rash Treatment Recipe #5: Homemade Baby Powder
As mentioned above, hydrated bentonite clay has been shown to improve diaper rash “seven times faster within six hours of application than those who were treated with calendula cream.” I’ve found that it’s the key factor in supporting skin healing, but rather than mixing it with water I prefer to use a soothing balm and then hydrate the clay by allowing it to absorb some of the moisture from the balm.It’s super easy to make into homemade baby powder, and affordable, too!