see also Candida,
Diaper rash is the common skin inflammation that occurs
at some time with most babies under the age of two. There
are a number causes enumerated below:
Candida. Diaper rash is most commonly
caused by a candida fungal infection. Since the
Candida fungus is so common in our everyday surroundings a
moist, warm environment is an ideal place for it to thrive.
Diarrhea or just stools with a low ph factor (acidic) and
urine (the ammonia) also will increase the chance of the
rash developing. Babies on antibiotics or that are breast
feeding when the mother is on antibiotics will have an
increased possibility of having a diaper rash caused by
Diet. As a baby moves to solid foods,
the introduction of some new types of solid foods, or a food
allergy can diaper rash.
Physical factors. A different type of
diaper may cause rubbing in a new area, irritation from
feces or urine if the diaper is left on too long or
irritation from alcohol or other ingredients in commercial
wipes can all lead to a rash.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Balance, LavenderC, MelaleucaC
Essential oils based
GX Assist, PB Assist
Digest Zen, Frankincense, Roman ChamomileC.
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Make an ointment using one part Lavender or Melaleuca with a
two parts of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Clean and apply ointment with each diaper change.
After healing apply cornstarch with each diaper change.
suggestions possible root causes that can also be addressed:
Possible candida (see Candida)
Pre-made wipes may have alcohol and be irritating. Use
Diet of child or mother if breastfeeding. Consider
eliminating tomatoes, pineapple, cabbage, chocolate,
soda, anything with vinegar (dressings, olives, salads,
etc.), anything hot/spicy.
Some brands of diapers may rub or affect a child adversely
in other ways.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Lori - My 18 month
old boy has a very very bad rash, it bleeds, his skin is
sooo sensitive, when he poops, he gets a rash! I used
lavender oil on him, anything else?
Maylyn - My baby had a diaper rash like
that and melaleuca helped him. I put it on him every diaper
Desiree – Balance worked for me!
Stephanie - Could it be the diaper
brand? When my son was younger, he never had a rash until I
switched brands then he started getting rashes so I switched
it back to the original diaper (Huggies). As far as the
rashes goes, my niece had a bad rash last fall to the point
where it was cracking and bleeding...my mom put lavender
with FCO on the rash then "sealed" it with Vaseline...it
Lisa - My youngest had a sensitive
"diaper area" and didn't tolerate Lavender well without a
ton of carrier oil. My husband started using Frankincense
(with a little carrier) and he responded very well. But
then, Frankincense is good for everything!
RBF - It could be a yeast rash too!
Those are extremely painful. You could try and make a baking
soda paste to put on? I am new to oils and don’t know yet.
Sherrie - You can make your own diaper
"cream". Fill a pan that can hold a Pyrex measuring cup
with a small amount of water, making a double boiler. Place
the Pyrex measuring cup inside the pan on low heat. Slowly
melt some organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, a small amount
of beeswax (will help congeal the mixture at room
temperature) and a pinch or two of zinc oxide (helps form a
barrier). Stir until smooth and remove from heat. After
the mixture cools a bit, add a few drops of melaleuca
(fungal) and lavender oils to maintain their therapeutic
affects. This has worked wonders for my neighbor.
Brenda - Justin Harrison said Balance on
diaper rash was to die for! He said we could trust him with
that houseful of boys, he would know!
Heather - Both Lavender and Melaleuca
will take care of a yeast rash.
Alma - A few of my children had the rash
issue. We were able to eliminate it by eliminating certain
foods from their diet and mine while breastfeeding. Here are
some that caused issues for us: tomatoes, pineapple,
cabbage, chocolate, soda, anything with vinegar (dressings,
olives, salads, etc.), anything hot/spicy. If you can
pinpoint what is causing it, it makes a huge difference.
Lori - Yes we think it is fruit rolls.
Thank you all, his rash is reducing...I used lavender and
Ethington - My baby
has a diaper rash that I’ve seen before on one of my other
kids. The doctor said that it was a yeast infection. I
have tried every oil I can think of but none of them even
touch it. She has had it about 5 days and I am not sure how
long it will take for something to start working. Has
anyone else had to deal with this? Any suggestions would be
Melanie - We use cloth diapers and cloth
wipe our daughter. In the wipe spray I combine 2-3 drops of
tea tree (Melaleuca), 2-3 drops of Lavender, and a drop of
Rosemary to about 8 ounces of water. I am not sure if this
will help you at this point in the rash, but we very rarely
have any diaper irritation.
Brooke - Yes, yes on the Melaleuca and
Lavender! Make sure they are not on any antibiotics -
because that will compound the yeast infection. The more
you can apply the oils the better.
Marc - To my surprise Balance has been
effective for us, on Tamalu's suggestion. As the mother she
may also benefit from you doing a GX assist cleanse.
Ramona - For my baby, when he had what
I'm assuming was this and none of the oils helped, I gave
him 2 of the probiotics (one each day) and it began clearing
up within hours. His was so bad; it would bleed when I
changed him. But literally, even by the next changing,
it was way better, and that was just after the first PB
LaReita - Lavender is great and has done
wonders for my kids. Additionally, I thought I'd share some
recent discoveries with my 5th child.
I discovered that using wetted paper towels did the "Job"
(no pun intended) just as well as expensive wipes. An added
bonus of using paper towels as wipes was that I wasn't
constantly applying alcohol and parabens to my baby's
sensitive skin and immune system.
Using non-chlorine diapers (from Seventh Generation) also
helped clear up persistent rashes for my baby. After 2
months the rash cleared up and, I eventually was able to go
back to the cheaper chlorine diapers.... I can't quite bring
myself to cloth diapers!
Autumn - We also cloth diaper in my
house. We rarely have diaper rash. Recently my little man
had a gnarly ear infection and yes I did put him on "gasp"
antibiotics. He had a small rash developing that according
to the doctor was the beginnings of a yeast rash for which
she wanted to give me a cream. Instead I just kept spraying
with our normal spray and it went away quickly even on
antibiotics. In our spray I combine in a small spray bottle,
1/4 coconut oil, 5 drops Melaleuca, 5 drops Lavender and
just recently 5 drops German Chamomile. I fill the
rest with witch hazel (you can use water but the witch hazel
can help with shelf life and I prefer it's cleaning power).
It has worked wonders! With almost any diaper rash air time
also works wonders, I know it's not so fun on clean up but
leave them diaper-less for a little bit, it'll help a lot. I
would also agree with the probiotics that a previous person
suggested to help get your little babies system back on
cortdraw - O.K. I
have been trying to help my sister with her babies diaper
rash. It is more like open sores. I have been having her
use Lavender and I bought a (no name) Roman Chamomile
(before doTerra Roman Chamomile was available) because I had
read that you had to be more careful using essential oils on
newborns. I am not getting a ton of improvement with this
treatment, but it isn't getting worse. Anyone have advise?
Rob - I would use organic virgin coconut
oil with Melaleuca or Lavender. Keep him clean.
Apply often and use cornstarch once the sores are gone. We
have had success with this protocol.
Janinfl - I use one drop Lavender to two
drops fractionated coconut oil. Put in a roll on bottle or
pat on, and apply 2 times a day, once after baby's bath.
Keep area dry after every diaper change. Don't use any
commercial diaper wipes. (Unbleached paper towel just wet
with filtered water). DoTerra oils are the safest oils you
can use on infants. I have an 8 month old grandson who has
used the oils since the day he was born. Our diaper rash was
as bad as you are describing. It cleared up in two days.
Even the doctor’s prescription did not help. However, every
person is different. Hope this helps