Top Diaper Rash Remedies from Real Moms

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Over the course of wearing diapers for two or more years, your baby is bound to get at least one diaper rash. My boys have ultra-sensitive skin and seem to be more prone to diaper rash. I asked my friends and family on social media to share their go-to remedies for diaper rash.

Here are the top mom-recommended remedies for a nasty diaper rash.

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When treating diaper rash, many moms reach for brand-name products that they trust and rely on. Here are the top brands the moms I polled said that they use:

  • Triple Paste
  • Boudreaux's Butt Paste
  • Desitin
  • Udderly Smooth
  • One of the above and then a barrier cream such as Aquaphor or Vaseline

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natural remedies
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Other moms prefer more natural remedies. Among the responses, here are the most popular natural solutions moms are using to treat diaper rash:

  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh air (usually followed by a cream or other natural remedy prior to putting the diaper back on)
  • Blend oatmeal into a fine powder; pour the powder into a warm bath and soak baby for 15 minutes
  • Honest Company Healing Balm
  • Apple cider vinegar (not appropriate for yeast rash)
cloth diaper remedies for diaper rash
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Moms who use cloth diapers are challenged with the task of finding a diaper rash remedy that is safe for their baby AND their diapers. Zinc oxide is a common ingredient in many diaper creams, even natural creams. Zinc oxide residue can cause cloth diapers to repel moisture instead of absorb it. Here are the most popular diaper rash remedies the cloth-diapering moms I talked to are using:

    • Fleece or disposable liner with a diaper cream containing zinc oxide (the liner acts as a barrier to protect the diaper from the cream containing zinc oxide)
    • CJ's BUTTer diaper rash cream
    • Waxelene (alternative to Vaseline, contains no petroleum)
    • Coconut oil
    • Corn starch dusting
    • Breastmilk
    • Aveeno Soothing Relief Diaper Rash Cream
    • Bag Balm
    • Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy

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Top Diaper Rash Remedies from Real Moms

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. J says:

    Grovia Magic Stick is very soothing and smells fantastic. Also, you apply it like a stick deodorant so your fingers stay nice and clean. Also, I swear by coconut oil. I apply it at any sign of redness and by the next day it is gone!!!

  2. Nicole says:

    If you can find it in your area, Pinxav (pronounced pink salve) is fantastic. My dad was originally given it for wound care and skin breakdown, and I saw it was a diaper rash cream. It smells like peppermint, so the scent is not overwhelming. As soon as my son has some irritation, I dab it on, and it is cleared up within a day. Because it works so rapidly, I don’t have to use it much, so if you are concerned about cost, it is a great value. I checked, and you can order it online if there is not a seller near you.

  3. Crystal says:

    I asked my pharmacist what she recommended and she told me to put the liquid Mylanta on my grandbaby’s rash and it really worked. My grand daughter didn’t cry when she wet her diaper because the acid reducer in the Mylanta soothed the burning & within 2-3 days the diaper rash was gone.

  4. Deandra says:

    My daughter’s pediatrician recommended using dreft laundry detergent. Sit the child in a small tub of water add a little bit of soap to the water let the child sit in it for a few minutes and let them airdry. My daughter had really bad eczema so her diaper rash was horrible but it was cleared in just less than three days. I felt so bad for working but it was her first and last one she was already one years old , I started back working when she was 10 months now with my son if he gets one I’m not a panicking mom. Also, he suggested letting the child dry completely before putting on a diaper because the wipes have moisture and the diaper is a dark place that holds moisture, this helped to prevent more rashes but sometimes cussed more messes for me to clean up.

  5. Cristina says:

    CORNSTARCH CORNSTARCH CORNSTARCH.. Lol I LOVE this stuff!! If I used it everyday Im positive my Son would Never get a diaper rash but since I don’t and his bottom is very delicate as soon as he gets One I put some on & it starts WORKING ASAP!!! Use on every diaper change until it goes away.. Super fast relief my Baby loves it too!! 🙂

  6. tonya says:

    As a Mom who has used cloth and disposable diapers my son has had one diaper rash in his 6 months. I am sure diaper brands have a lot to do with who gets them or not. But the one tried and true method safe for disposable and cloth is scalded flour. Literally put regular flour in a skillet. Using a metal spoon or whisk gently stir the flour over medium to medium high heat until it turns a light caramel color. Put it in a cool bowl and let it get completely cool. Don’t use plastic to stir…it will melt any kind of plastic. Once cool put it in a shaker from dollar store like what pizza places use for their parmesan cheese. Apply with every diaper change. My son had one diaper rash. I tried desitin and it literally blistered his bottom. He screamed and screamed and it was so hard to get off. None of the other creams worked so after three days I tried the flour. Within that very day the amount of redness went away. Within 36 hours it was gone completely. It does smell kinda like cooking so my husband always says our son is “baking brownies” when I use it. And he literally has never had another one. Not even a hint of redness. And with cloth diapers it literally causes the stool to ball up and makes it so much easier to clean. I never even had stains from stools on my cloth diapers. Just one to try! Super cheap too! And natural with no chemicals.

  7. Bethany says:

    Arbonne’s ABC diaper rash cream!!

  8. mommy nhoj says:

    Desitin works for my little one! I can freshly remember how she screamed on New Year’s day because of the rashes! It was indeed fast relief. 🙂

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