I usually cloth diaper my little prince, so diaper rash is not a common problem in my household. However, every once in while, he poops and I simply don’t notice (every once in a while, there is a poop that doesn’t have a strong smell). So he’s sitting in poop for up to two hours before I understand why he’s wailing. Mommy fail. I know. In my defense, this kid never lets me sleep. Anyway, this usually results in a diaper rash.
Luckily, there is a very easy treatment for diaper rash.
Reinforce the skin with a barrier of Coconut or Shea Butter (this helps provide protection for further moisture exposure) and treat the rash with Lavender Essential Oil. I prefer Shea Butter for this purpose because it’s non-comedogenic, it stays solid at warmer temperatures than Coconut Oil, and is great for sensitive skin. However, Coconut is usually well-tolerated by infants as well and has anti-bacterial properties. Lavender Essential Oil is an excellent additive because it has healing and soothing properties for the irritated skin, is very gentle and safe for infants, and it is anti-bacterial.
- 1/4 cup of Coconut or Shea Butter (experiment with any preferred body butter)
- 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1/2 oz beeswax (optional)
If not using the beeswax, simply mix the body butter and essential oil together in a glass container and store out of sunlight. A light-protective container is preferred or storage in a dark cabinet/box. Apply at every diaper change until the rash clears. My son is usually rash-free in 24 hours but I had one severe case that took 3 days.
Beeswax will provide a stronger skin barrier than just oil alone. To use, gently heat the beeswax and oil of preference in a double burner until the oil is liquid and the wax has melted. Mix well and then pour into a glass container. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then add the Lavender Essential Oil. Do not add the lavender to the just-heated liquid. The high heat will compromise the healing properties of the essential oil.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is a good alternative to lavender:
Verse of the Day;
“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:23 NASB)