This heartfelt question on YouTube prompted me to reply and turn this into a post (so hopefully others searching for answers will find their way here):
“My grandbaby has had terrible diaper rash for over a year. I have tried so many creams, essential oils, powders, womens yeast cream, changed diaper and wipe brands, used water wipes, even energy healing… Its an itchy and red patch on the front of her groin.”
So there’s a few things that could cause a stubborn, chronic diaper rash like this:
- Yeast or fungal infection
- Bacterial infection
- Allergy or intolerance – to food or materials touching the area
So, the first thing I would do (and I had 3 children, 2 of whom had diaper rash issues at one time) is to address the obvious:
1. Do not use any kind of wet wipes – all baby wipes, wet wipes, etc. leave a residue that can be irritating – no matter what the label says. Set up your diaper change station on the bathroom counter and just use warm water with plain, unscented Kleenex tissues, or 100% cotton flannel to clean baby.
2. Use natural diapers – use either cloth, or organic, natural disposable diapers (none bleached with dioxin!).
3. Apply healing herbs powder – I and many of my friends had great results using a mixed powder of equal parts slippery elm powder, marshmallow root powder, and comfrey root powder. Put it in an old talc or spice bottle and sprinkle on at every diaper change. After you’ve cleaned baby using warm water only, leave the skin a little damp (not wet) and apply the powder. You should see positive results in 3 days. I order organic herbs online from Mountain Rose Herbs. Note: If you don’t feel comfortable using comfrey root (due to FDA warnings about it), then you can substitute with calendula powder.
4. Check for infection – if that doesn’t work and/or you suspect a yeast or fungal infection, then first apply a layer of DILUTED wild oregano oil. Dilute 20:1 with olive oil (20 drops olive oil to 1 drop wild oregano oil). That is for commercial wild oregano oil. If you are using ESSENTIAL oil of oregano, then dilute 80:1 with olive oil. Increase dilution 15:1 or 60:1 (for essential oil) if needed. Then sprinkle with the powder blend afterwards.
5. Diet & Probiotics – if the rash keeps recurring (after you’ve healed it) then you really need to look at breastfeeding mum’s diet and baby’s diet. There are likely some food intolerances happening and simultaneously, baby’s gut flora is not strong and healthy. I gave all my babies Natren’s Life Start probiotics (I was also taking high dose probiotics orally myself) and once they started eating foods other than breastmilk, I introduced each of the 3 adult species of bacteria. More info on treating toddler/baby food intolerances and probiotic dosing HERE. And remember, if baby’s gut flora is not good, then neither is mum’s! So best for Mum to also take Healthy Trinity daily.