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Diaper Rash Remedies

Treating Diaper Rash in Your Baby or Toddler


These diaper rash remedies will give you options when it comes to treating diaper rash. Some remedies are all natural and organic, while others are commercial concoctions that are tried and true. Experiment with different types to see what works for you and your baby.

1. Dimpleskins (formerly Munchskins) Bum Bum Balm

Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm
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This balm is my first choice for relieving and healing diaper rash. It contains natural ingredients and just a little bit goes a long way. The tin is small so it fits anywhere. It's not too greasy and it won't leave a white mess on clothes like other creams. In addition, the smell is great but not too strong or offensive.
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2. The "Air it Out" Method

If you've got the time, the best (and cheapest) way to heal diaper rash is to air it out. Let your baby go diaper-free for half an hour several times a day or as long as you are able and you will see the diaper rash vanish very quickly.

3. Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Butt Paste
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Butt Paste works fast and is especially good for babies with sensitive skin. The bonus with Butt Paste is that it works on a lot more than just diaper rash. You can use it for chapped skin anywhere on the body, so when the diaper rash is gone you won't feel like you've got cream sitting around going to waste.
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4. Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment

Baby Bee Ointment
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If your baby has a rash that just doesn't seem to go away or keeps coming back, this ointment may be the ticket. It's gentle yet effective. The smell is strong, however, so if you or your baby are sensitive to heavy scents, this should be your last choice.
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5. A&D Ointment

A and D Ointment
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A&D Ointment has been around for quite a while, and despite the greasy feel and fishy smell, it does work well and is a bit less expensive than other brands. It is made up of quite a bit of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) so I wouldn't recommend using it if your child is wearing anything you don't want stained.
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6. Triple Paste

Triple Paste
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Several parents have written to me about how they love Triple Paste. It used to be the case that it was hard to find and most folks heard about it from the health care providers when nothing else was working. Now, it's available at most drug and discount stores. It may seem expensive, but a very little bit goes a long way.
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7. Make Your Own Herbal Salve

Herb Gardens Guide Amy Jeanroy uses herbal salves to help heal diaper rash and chapped skin.  Learn how to make your own herbal salve with these instructions.

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