Diaper rash is a common problem in babies and toddlers, causing much distress and discomfort. Using barrier cream, or diaper rash cream, can be one way to help ease the rash and prevent a re-occurrence. Below are instructions how how to make your own very effective diaper rash cream at home.
Things You Will Need
1 1/2 tablespoons Lanolin, 1/2 ounce
Beeswax, 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Mineral Oil, 1/2 cup Water, 1/4
teaspoon Borax, and optionally 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil.
In a small mixing bowl or blender, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of pure lanolin. Lanolin is a sticky, waxy paste which comes from wool. It has wonderful moisturizing properties, and is very good for preventing moisture from irritating the skin.
Add 1/2 an ounce of soft beeswax. Beeswax is made by bees when they build honey combs. It is a very good natural moisturizer which helps to protect the skin.
Add 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of mineral oil. Mineral oil is a by product in the distillation of petroleum to make gasoline. If you don't want to use mineral oil, you may another vegetable or nut based oil, such as olive oil or almond oil. Be aware that doing this will shorten the shelf life of the final product.
Add 1/2 a cup of spring water. If you don't have spring water, you may use tap water.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of borax. Borax is a very strong cleaner, commonly used in rash ointments.
If you like, you can add up to 20 drops of lavender essential oil. This is recommended. It smells great, and also has antibiotic properties.
Blend the ingredients well, and store them in a sealed container. Keep this in a cool, dry place.
If your child's rash persists or gets worse, you should take him/her to the pediatrician to rule out thrush or yeast as a culprit.
Like any ointment, this product is unsafe if eaten or inhaled, so keep it out of the reach of children.