VERY IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The following baby diaper rash cream “recipe” is of my own creation and I do not offer it in any way, shape or form as medical advice. Your baby may have allergies or other sensitivities so it is always best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before trying it.
Both of my children have super sensitive skin. I’ve had to fight dry spots in more places than I care to count.
With my son (my first child = no mama experience), we’ve even seen a dermatologist. She recommended a super expensive cream, told me to apply it several times a day and come back for cortisone if it didn’t get better. I didn’t like that answer. So I dug inside my grandmothers / Old World recipes for natural remedies and discovered the amazing calendula. A very simple ointment of pure calendula in glycerine did the trick.
With my daughter (who is fifteen months at the time of this writing) things are a bit more complicated. She is getting her molars and apparently that can trigger super huge skin rashes in babies. Perhaps that explains why my little calendula treatment did not work. So I’ve had to try something else as a diaper rash cream.
After a bit of experimentation, I’ve discovered an easy and super efficient diaper rash cream combination that healed her very irritated skin and dry spots. It’s magic even under the arms – another super sensitive area where things are even more complicated because the skin is perpetually covered or rubbed.
This is my very own, trial-and-error, mama-made diaper rash cream that healed my daughter’s super dry skin, baby eczema and irritations:
Super Strong Diaper Rash Cream Step 1: Calendula
Find a calendula ointment, salve or cream that preserves as much of the plant as possible, in its purest form. If you can find something with just calendula and glycerin, that would be best. But it’s hard. You might try and see if your pharmacist is willing to do such a thing – but stay clear of essential oils. Those are very irritating for babies.
I like this calendula salve but, of course, there are many others.
Apply a thin layer of the calendula salve or cream on the baby’s butt, dry spots or other irritated area.
Super Strong Diaper Rash Cream Step 2: Zinc-Oxide Ointment
Many baby diaper creams have zinc-oxide in them. It is a substance known for healing skin problems such as minor cuts, burns, irritations or eczema. This one will be a bit easier to find – except that you need it in a very thick format, so that it will adhere to the skin over the calendula ointment that you applied first!
This zinc-oxide cream is safe for neo-natal use and is super thick. But you really do need something like that because the regular diaper rash creams are not thick enough and will not “hold”.
After the first time I applied the treatment on the super red, super irritated sores on my daughter’s little tush, I saw a huge improvement. Now we’re on day three and most of the spots are gone. There is only one very stubborn area that is taking longer to heal, but I can see it fading with every diaper change.
Her underarms are healing nicely too, after weeks (if not months!) of us struggling to get a hold of the problem.
What are you using for your babies? You can leave tips for other moms in the comments section below!
PS: It is worth repeating that this “recipe” is of my own creation and I do not offer it in any way, shape or form as medical advice. Your baby may have allergies or other sensitivities so it is always best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before trying it.