How to treat baby rashes at home: tips and remedies!

That toothless grin, those tiny feet, that adorable waddle – there are certain things that you can always count on to be a part of your baby and rashes are almost always one of them!

Baby rashes on the face or on your pipsqueak’s bum are common, albeit painful and itchy. So, before you leap to the worst possible conclusion, let us take a look at the types of rashes that are most common in babies.

Acne

Closeup image of an infant with acne on his face.

These appear as small red bumps on the skin and typically do not progress to the blackhead or whitehead stage. This is the most commonly occurring baby rash on the face.

Flaky or dry skin

A newborn with flaky feet skin.

Patches of the skin become dry and flaky, much like in adults. The skin can sometimes become swollen if prompt action is not taken.

Milia

Closeup snap of milia on a baby’s nose.

White bumps (much like an adult’s whitehead acne) appear on the baby’s nose and cheeks.

Cradle cap

Cradle cap on a newborn’s eyebrows.

This type of rash appears mostly on the baby’s scalp (hence the term ‘cap’) and is marked by red, irritated skin with a yellowish, greasy crust. If left untreated, it can spread quickly to your baby’s arms, ears, neck, and face.

Eczema

Baby’s face is covered with eczema.

These rashes look like swollen, red patches on your baby’s skin, most commonly in the chest area.

Prickly heat

Prickly heat or heat rashes on a newborn’s back!

Also known as heat rashes, these red bumps can often be confused with acne. However, they appear only in places that are susceptible to sweating and overheating, like armpits and neck.

Diaper rash

Mother applying cream on her baby’s diaper rash on the bum.

A general term for rashes that appear on your baby’s diaper area. It mostly occurs when you use disposable diapers instead of cloth diapers. The baby’s skin becomes red and itchy. Disposable diaper rashes are very common, however, they can be prevented if you start using cloth diapers!

Prevent baby rashes with these simple tips!

Mother applying an ointment on her baby’s rash on the face.
  • Start off by using a gentle baby detergent (low on chemicals) for all your baby’s clothes. Harsh products may cause rashes on your baby’s skin.
  • While bathing your baby, use a mild, hypoallergenic cleanser instead of regular soap. Also, use warm water instead of hot.
  • Change your baby’s diapers frequently. Overexposure to moisture, pee, and poop are sure-fire recipes of baby rashes!
  • Pat dry your baby’s skin thoroughly before applying any moisturiser or cream. Adding cream to even a slightly damp body part can severely up the odds of rashes.
  • Give your baby’s backside a breather. Remaining stuffed up in a diaper can cause your baby’s skin to react! Work a bare-butt time into your baby’s schedule every day.
  • Limit the consumption of acidic and citrus fruits. If you’re breastfeeding, watch your own intake of tomatoes, oranges, and other citrus foods.
  • To prevent prickly heat baby rashes on face and body, dress your baby in loose clothing and give ample space for his skin to breathe!

Home remedies to treat baby rashes on face and body!

Mint water in a glass bowl kept alongside raw mint leaves.

Try these home remedies to cure your baby’s rashes in a natural way that are also more long-lasting.

Aloe Vera

Nature’s most miraculous cure for rashes of any kind! The best way to go about this extracting the gel out of the leaves and applying it directly on the affected areas. I personally vouch for this one!

Oatmeal Blend

Oatmeal is very high on antioxidants, hence, makes for an amazing home remedy for baby rashes on face or body! A simple way to make the blend would be putting the oatmeal and water in a blender and grinding it till it turns into a paste. Apply it on your baby’s skin and let it dry. Rinse with water thereafter.

Neem

A century-old cure for all kinds of skin diseases, Neem’s antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties are super for your baby’s rashes, especially eczema. Simply make a paste out of the neem leaves and apply liberally on the affected areas. Rinse with warm water.

Banana peels

An extraordinary skin rash treatment tool, the miraculous healing properties of banana peels remain unknown. Refrigerate the peels for about an hour and apply on your baby’s rashes. Notice the difference almost immediately!

Cucumber

Particularly effective on baby rashes on the face, cucumbers are also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the itchiness and irritation. The symptoms of rash are alleviated almost instantly.

Your infant has very sensitive skin, therefore, avoiding store-bought creams containing unnecessary chemicals becomes utterly important. However, if none of the above-mentioned remedies work out for you, you must immediately consult the paediatrician.

If you loved these home remedies for baby rashes, do let me know which ones you liked the best in the comments below!

*Consult with your physician before trying out any of the home remedies mentioned above.

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