Coconut oil can be used almost anywhere, it seems. And that includes one of the most precious places you can think of. Your baby’s bottom, of course.
Surely already one of your favorite products, using coconut oil for diaper rash can help both prevent and treat. This recipe is super easy and can be made ahead of time and stored for up to 3 weeks. This knock out combination of coconut oil, calendula, shea butter and zinc oxide will make for a very happy baby!
How to Prevent and Treat diaper Rash
To keep your baby’s bottom all clear and free from distressing diaper rash, use coconut oil as a preventative emollient. The recipe below is extremely helpful and I suggest taking a few moments to make it. Be sure to either use cloth diapers or organic diapers free of chemicals. This is the source of many diaper rash issues from the beginning.
After washing your baby’s bottom, give it a few minutes to make sure the skin has dried completely. Gently apply coconut oil to the area using your fingertips. Allow the oil to soak into your baby’s skin before putting on a new diaper. This careful application of coconut oil will provide a barrier between your baby’s sensitive skin and the waste that ends up in your baby’s diaper, preventing the rashes this contact can cause.
No matter how hard we try and how vigilant we are, diaper rash is an inevitability. There’s no need to panic when you see this irritated skin on your baby’s bottom. There are many store-bought treatments that will work in a pinch, but if you’d prefer an all-natural method for soothing your little one’s skin, consider a DIY coconut oil-based bum balm.
What you’ll need:
- A small canning jar
- ½ c coconut oil
- 2 T. shea butter (all natural)
- 1 tsp. calendula salve (my favorite that I use for any booboo too!)
- 1 tsp. zinc oxide powder
Combine the coconut oil and shea butter in the canning jar. Set the jar in a small pan of boiling water. This will allow the jar to act as a double-boiler.
Stir frequently until the shea butter and oil has melted. (The shea butter will take longer than the oil.) Once the contents of the jar are liquid, carefully remove the jar from the pan and stir in the calendula salve and zinc oxide powder. As the mixture cools it will set into a thick paste which can be applied directly to the diaper rash. This balm is all-natural and safe for cloth diapers.
Benefits of the Diaper Cream Ingredients
1. Calendula has antibacterial properties and promotes healing of the skin.
2. Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal and speeds up the healing process.
3. Shea butter is the ultimate skin superfood rich in vitamins A, D and E. It has an anti-inflammatory property and is very soothing and calming on irritated skin.
4. Zinc oxide is a mild astrigent making the rash dry out just enough with the combo of the oils above.