There are so many diapering products on the market today. It took a while and a bit of trial and error to find the diapers, wipes, and other products that work best for my babes. Calvin tended to get (and still does occasionally) horrible diaper rash (I think due to a certain brand of diaper and an almost constant pooping issue as a newborn, and usually gets it with teething as well), and I tried every cream out there. But only one thing seemed to do the trick virtually overnight, and that was my DIY diaper rash treatment that I’m sharing today.
It’s a two-part treatment: a DIY powder and a DIY cream. The powder helps when the rash gets really bad, but the cream is great for before a rash and once a rash is already present.
For the powder:
- stove top
- empty shaker container
For the cream:
- A&D ointment or petroleum jelly (both work well for us)
- tea tree oil
- lavender oil
- coconut oil
- small airtight container
For the powder:
Step 1: Place one cup of white flour in a large skillet over medium heat.
Step 2: Stir constantly, making sure flour browns but doesn’t scald. Scrape the skillet when stirring.
Step 3: Once flour is browned, let it cool.
Step 4: Once cooled, scoop into airtight shaker container.
For the cream:
Step 1: Mix equal parts A&D ointment or baby petroleum jelly and cornstarch.
Step 2: Stir together and add more of either ingredient as needed until it becomes paste-like.
Step 3: Add some coconut oil (I like a couple of tablespoons)
Step 4: Add 5 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil and 10-15 drops of lavender oil (I use both of these oils for SO many things!)
Step 5: Spoon into mason jar (or other airtight container) for storage. I often use an old petroleum jelly container.
Some tips for making the diaper rash go away even faster:
- Give baby a baking-soda bum soak for a few minutes before a regular bath.
- Make sure area is clean and well rinsed before you remove baby from the bath.
- Pat dry.
- Lay a towel down and let baby do some naked tummy time to let the bottom air dry.
- Sprinkle powder on baby’s bottom before you put on his or her diaper. Do this at every diaper change.
- Apply a healthy glob of the cream to baby’s bottom to act as a healer and barrier. Also do this at every diaper change.
- If diaper rash is really bad, you could apply 1% hydrocortisone cream on the area once a day before the powder and cream applications (per my pediatrician, but check with your own doctor).
- Frequently change wet or soiled diapers.
Diaper rash should be drastically improved or gone within one to two days – it was for us.
- take care when using powders on babies under 3 months, so they don’t inhale particles into their new lungs
- if your baby’s diaper rash is yeast-based, cornstarch could make it worse. If you see it worsen after one use, discontinue.
You can see this included in my essentials for babies age 0-4 months round up, along with my other favorite things for that newborn stage here.