This is the best diaper rash treatment I have found. It absorbs moisture better than powder. It soothes the skin better than the balms I’ve purchased and concocted. And it works faster than my old standby of coconut oil and fresh air. It’s pretty awesome. I stumbled upon it last summer when Nate got a raging case of diaper rash that seemed to defy anything I put on it. At the time I was working with bentonite clay for a variety of other skincare products and it occurred to me that clay’s naturally absorbent and skin soothing properties would be a natural fit for diaper rash. I googled to make sure it was safe for such a delicate area, then gave him a shake of pure, powdered bentonite clay. It was amazing. It whisked the moisture away like magic and by the next diaper change his raw, red skin was noticeably better. Within a couple days he was as good as new. Now I keep a shaker of it on hand and use it like baby powder whenever I notice redness. It’s inexpensive (if you buy it in bulk), simple, natural, and really effective!
The Ultimate Baby Powder
- Powdered bentonite clay (see notes for where to find)
- Plastic shaker bottle (see note)
- Pour the powdered clay into the shaker.
- Sprinkle a little on baby’s bottom whenever you see signs of diaper rash.
- Bentonite Clay: I only use pure bentonite clay with no additives. I get my clay from 2 sources – Mountain Rose Herbs: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/clay/clay.html and Redmond Clay: http://www.amazon.com/Redmond-Trading-Company-Clay-Ounces/dp/B001DJ6J5W. Mountain Rose’s clay is less expensive ($7.50/lb at the time of this writing) but the shipping is cost prohibitive if you’re only doing a small order. Redmond Clay is available on Amazon, often with free shipping. Redmond Clay is just a touch finer but they’re very similar and both great.
- Shaker: A little goes a long way so I prefer a 2-4 ounce shaker. A little spice shaker works great or you could repurpose a small commercial baby powder shaker (thoroughly cleaned and dried). Whatever you choose, make sure it’s not made of metal. Bentonite clay has a leeching effect on metal and it will hurt the quality of your product.
- Update: It’s been about 8 months since I first started using bentonite clay for diaper rash and I still love it, but I have one caveat. The clay works wonders for us during the day when Nate gets frequent diaper changes. However, sometimes at night he pees or poops in his sleep and several hours pass before he wakes and gets his diaper changed. Therefore, I now use clay during the day and switch to a barrier balm at bedtime. Barrier balms (and creams/ointments) form a temporary moisture barrier on the skin and provide helpful protection during extended stretches. Commercial versions are usually based on petroleum or zinc oxide. I personally use regular A&D ointment because it works really well and a has comparatively decent ingredient list. At some point I hope to concoct a more natural, homemade cream to use for this and will update again when I find a good one!