The Best DIY Diaper Rash Cream

If some of you don’t know, my husband is in Medical school. He has been working with many doctors and right now he is working with a Pediatrician.  It just happened to work out that my 1 year old got a horrible diaper rash while he was working with this doctor. The doctor suggested doing the following:

At the store pick up some Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)  and some Antacid. (I just bought store brand)

You will want an equal amount of Jelly and Antacid

You can either make a lot of it and mix it together and put it in a small container. You can also make just what you need for the moment. Just make sure you use the same amount of Jelly and Antacid.


This really worked great! I could tell after the first day that it was helping. By the 3rd day there was hardly any rash.

Some other tips for diaper rash:

– Change your baby’s diaper often

– Wash the rash with soap and water

– After you clean the baby’s bum, use a blow dryer, dry on cold until the baby’s bum is completely dry – or if you are brave, let the baby be diaper free for a bit and let the bum air dry.

– Next slather on diaper rash cream. You can use the DIY cream or I like to use Butt Paste or Desitin.

*Note that the rash could also be a yeast rash. You may not be able to detect yeast in a subtle diaper rash, but once it’s full blown you can usually tell a yeast infection (versus a plain old diaper rash) because the rash will be well defined and beefy red, with slightly raised borders. – If this is the case you will need an anti-fungal cream. You can get them over the counter.

If the diaper rash doesn’t get any better within 3 days of using the medication, call your doctor.



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12 Responses to “The Best DIY Diaper Rash Cream”

  1. Great idea! I will definitely try this. My hubby is in year 3 of 4 of a med/Ped residency. I felt like you at the end of med school but I do have to say residency has been much worse in terms of husband availability. Getting paid is nice but he works all the time :-/. Just a little heads up from the flip side. I find I'm always happier when I keep my expectations as low as possible :-). Now he's trying to decide if he's going to do a fellowship or just get a job. Personally I'm cheering for job. 2 weeks on 2 weeks off sounds like Heaven!
    • Hi Crud! My husband was gone 5 out of the 12 months in 2013 for audition rotations... so my expectations are very low. :) Ha Ha! But if I can survive that... I really can survive anything! My husband is also debating to do a fellowship (although it is a few years away still). Wishing you the best!
  2. Apple cider vinegar is a great and natural anti-fungal that stops diaper rash, especially yeast. Just dilute it with water and it will bring baby's skin back to the normal PH level. It stopped a wicked case of diaper rash where the doctor wanted us to use strong steroids.
  3. that makes total sense! Antacid! If you can get it to work without using petroleum that's great. But after trying lots of other stuff, I always go back to vaseline. And even buttpaste comes in a "natural" petroleum free but it didn't work the same......
  4. Sheila R
    I may give this a try, I have tried Vaseline with equal parts cornstarch and that worked pretty good as well. My son is prone to rashes, and I have tried every product out there. He gets a rash every time he eats any fruit at all. My girls never got rashes like he does!

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