Diaper rashes, also commonly referred to as diaper dermatitis, is the inflammation of the skin under the diaper area in infants. However, this condition can also affect a broad range of groups ranging from infants to teens. The causes of diaper rashes can be attributed to mechanical irritation or to an infection. Some of the common symptoms associated with diapers rashes are redness, swelling or inflammation of the skin, irritation, dry scaling and discoloration of the skin. The symptoms in diaper rashes caused by yeast or bacterial infections are bright red and shiny skin that is very smooth; however, bacterial infections can also cause ulcerations. There are many topical and oral antifungal medications, but many of the topical creams contain allergens and the oral medications are invasive in the body. Once the causes are determined, there are a number of natural herbal remedies to try. Often, these herbal treatments are used topically and do not contain the allergens common in pharmaceutical treatments.
Herbal Remedies for Diaper Rash
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is one of the most traditional forms of healing skin inflammation. It effectively treats the common irritation symptoms. Additionally, new research is emerging that shows how lavender can also treat symptoms common with yeast infections (Candida albicans) that cause diaper rashes.
Rice bran (Oryza sativa)
The bran of a grain of rice is the outer husk layer of the rice. This is another classical natural remedy for fighting inflammatory skin issues. A decoction can be prepared and added to bath water to soothe skin inflammation. Another option is to add oats to reduce the itchiness common in diaper rashes. Rice bran is also effective in treating Atopic dermatitis.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is an anti-inflammatory rich in skin soothing properties. A thin layer of homeopathic calendula ointment can work wonders in healing skin inflammation issues. It is a natural mildly antibacterial ointment that has no known negative side effects and is safe for infants. This ointment, which is usually exclusive to health food stores, heals wounds and prevents infections.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
While chamomile is most popular in its tea form for its healing properties, it is equally effective when used externally. German chamomile has been proven to be an effective option against diaper rashes. In its cream form, chamomile can be used to stop inflammation and other allergic irritants. Covering the entire rash area with chamomile cream will yield the best results in treating diaper rashes.
Coptis (Coptis chinensis)
Coptis, also known as Goldthread, Coptidis or Canker Root, is a flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family. While this herb has an array of benefits and purposes, when it is compressed or finely grounded to a powder, it is effective against skin conditions. Coptis is especially useful in treating diaper rash symptoms caused by infections. This treatment can eliminate staph and yeast infections. If you do not have access to coptis, then another alternative is to use goldenseal. Coptis can be applied by combining the extract with talcum powder and spreading the mix over the infected area.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra legume that has a sweet flavor. Another common name for licorice is “sweet root”. Licorice is a traditional remedy that has many purposes; it is not only effective in treating sweet tooth cravings. The herb is useful in fighting diaper rash inflammation with its antifungal properties. Used as a semicort cream, or a topical gel extract, licorice should be applied on the entire irritated area for good results.