Diaper rash is miserable. It’s a totally common irritation of the skin in the diaper region that can be caused by a number of factors such as a too-tight diaper that inhibits air flow, a soiled diaper left on too long, antibiotics being taken by baby or nursing mother (which is then passed to baby), too many acidic foods/drinks that irritate the skin on their way out, sensitive skin, etc.
Our 18-month-old recently experienced an unfortunate encounter with the worst diaper rash of his life and, after several days of treating with our go-to diaper cream, it became apparent it wouldn’t be going down without a fight. I decided to reached out to our community of Mama OT Facebook fans and asked people to share their best diaper rash home remedies.
You guys really delivered. What a thread of suggestions! And some even sent MamaOT private Facebook messages so you could go into more detail. Love it! Thanks to you all, our little guy is now rash-free and back to his silly old self.
So, you wanna know what people shared about how to cure bad diaper rash without using traditional diaper cream? I’ve listed them below, looked into why they work, and have even found a few twists to throw in there. Keep reading to the bottom to see all the great (and some totally unique) ideas. Be sure to like MamaOT on Facebook so you can participate in our community and, please, if you have any other suggested home remedies for diaper rash, leave a comment so we can learn from you!
Please remember this is NOT medical advice. These suggestions were provided by readers. Each individual is responsible for doing his or her own research before implementing any home treatment program. Keep an eye out for diaper-area yeast infections or other secondary infections. Follow common guidelines for home treatment and contact your pediatrician if you are at all concerned about your child’s diaper rash.
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In addition to being mama to two sweet little boys and wife to a crazy awesome husband, Christie is a Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L). She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA...Go Bruins!), and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC OT). She has experience working as a pediatric OT in early intervention (birth to 3), clinic-based, and school-based settings. Her mission with MamaOT.com is to encourage, educate, and empower those who care for children. Christie loves that she gets to PLAY when she goes to work, is hopelessly addicted to Kettle Corn, and is known for being able to turn virtually anything into a therapeutic tool or activity, from empty food containers to laundry and everything in between. Learn more about Christie and what inspired her to become an OT.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as “occupations”. Some OTs help people diagnosed with disability, injury, or disease. Others help prevent disability, injury, or disease. Because of occupational therapy, people of all ages are able to say, "I can!" no matter what their struggle. Isn't that amazing?!
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