How to Get Rid of a Diaper Rash (in 24Hours or Less)

Updated on April 20, 2016

A Few Simple Ways to Nip Diaper Rash in the Butt Fast

No, this is not my child. He is just a poor kid that may or may not have a diaper rash.
No, this is not my child. He is just a poor kid that may or may not have a diaper rash.

All right, fellow diaper changers, this article is for you: the brave, the unstoppable, the fearless, and the strong-stomached. I chose this oh-so-important topic to discuss today because even I, supermom of two toddler boys who are self-proclaimed professional poopers, have spent well over a week trying to get rid of a bad diaper rash. However, I believe I have come close to the art of eliminating diaper rash. Not only that, but through my experiments, I have also narrowed down the remedies to a few simple treatments that seem to work the best. And the best part? They are completely painless for your sweetie's bottom.

Step 1: Avoid Using Baby Wipes on a Diaper Rash

And by 'avoid', I mean don't do it.

Using diaper wipes can irritate the diaper rash, and can even cause them to bleed and become much worse. Not to mention the fact that it really hurts the baby's bottom! Even using a damp paper towel as a substitute, though it will reduce the stinging, could still irritate the rash.

So my tried-and-true recommendation is to man up, get some warm water running in your laundry room sink, and hold the baby's bottom underneath the faucet, letting the water wash away the poo with little to no irritation!

Step 2: Hold All Creams and Pastes

First, soothe the baby's bottom with a warm bath. You'd be surprised how big of a difference a 10-minute soak makes on a diaper rash. In fact I'd recommend letting baby sit in the bathtub or sink after every diaper change on day one of the rash (if you have the time). You don't have to wash the baby down or break out the shampoo or anything, so don't panic. Simply let him or her sit and play for 10 to 15 minutes. Just check out the happy smile on my kid's face after his rash-soothing bath!

My toddler after his rash-eliminating bathtub soak. See, much happier! (Ignore the forced smile. I promise. He's happy.)
My toddler after his rash-eliminating bathtub soak. See, much happier! (Ignore the forced smile. I promise. He's happy.)

Step 3: Wrap the Baby in a Towel and Commence Snuggling

(Okay, this part is optional. But my boys love post-bath cuddles.)

Step 4: Throw away Your Desitin and Your Butt Paste

And save your A&D for another injury. Because the product I am about to share with you is going to change your life. This product is called Bag Balm. I have included a picture and a link to where you can purchase the product for pretty cheap below. However, I just run to my local CVS.

Bag Balm is a product that originated in 1899 in order to soothe the hands of farmers who had been milking cows all day. In today's day-and-age, the balm's uses are endless. Apply Bag Balm to your baby's bottom after every warm bath and diaper change.

The miracle rash butt-kicker.
The miracle rash butt-kicker.
Bag Balm - 8 ounce
Bag Balm - 8 ounce

This little miracle will change your life.


Step 5: Sprinkle Your Baby's Bottom with Baby Powder or Baking Soda

After applying the Bag Balm to the baby's diaper rash, sprinkle his or her bottom with baby powder or baking soda. This will help keep the Bag Balm from drying or rubbing away.

Follow Up the Next Morning

If, by the next morning, your child still hasn't completely gotten rid of the rash, sit him or her in a warm bath mixed with baking soda. If you call your doctor, he or she will probably recommend purchasing Lotramin, which is an over-the-counter rash and athlete's foot creme. I have never had much luck with this, but that doesn't mean you won't!

Thanks for reading! May you have a wonderful and rash-free day!


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      Marilou 6 days ago

      This worked wonders for my 22 months baby girl. We used desitin, A&D and vaseline but this time it just didn't go away fast enough. She was in agony every time she peed and especially when she pooped. I read here about this bag balm one night hoping to get some advice from the net. The next day, very early in the morning, drove to Walgreens and got the balm. She had for one application and it was like a miracle. The rash was 99% gone. This thing is amazing!!!!

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      Ashton waddell 2 weeks ago

      My 2 month old has a bad rash I been trying to get rid of it I've tried a+d ointment desitin power an triple diaper rash cream won't go away

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      Karissa Simpson 5 weeks ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana

      Not necessarily, the powder just helps the bagbalm stay in place and do it's job, without the powder you'll have to apply more frequently, and may not see results as quick!

      Good luck!

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      Yana 5 weeks ago

      Do you have to use a powder?

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      Shakira summer 11 months ago

      So grateful for this Article. I'll be trying it today.

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      Vanessia 13 months ago

      Thank you!!!

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      Mina 2 years ago

      I recently just had a baby girl (my 1st, I have a 6 yr old boy) & after coming home from the hospital she started getting a diaper rash. I tried Destine, A&D, Petroleum Jelly & Vaseline. It started getting worse & red, her skin started peeling & I didn't know what to do until I found this on Google. I thought it was worth a shot, Googled it at the nearest CVS. Got it at around midnight & thin the morning noticed it was way better! Half into the day & it was almost 80% gone! The next day it was gone! I wad amazed! She will be a month today. After struggling for two weeks I wouldn't go back to anything ele. Bag Balm is a miracle! 5 stars!!! Worth every penny! Thx!

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      vanityL 2 years ago

      Thanks for this info my son had diaper rash for about a week. Really hope this works!

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      Marisol 3 years ago

      I must say I never thought this would work. I had tried many creams and even maizena ( its cornstarch). This bag balm is the best. My baby's rash had lasted for over a week. I didn't know what to do anymore. I applied bag balm after every diaper change with Gold Bond Baby powder with cornstarch. In two days it was completely gone. Used no wipes at all just running water like you said. Thank you soo much for your help. Grately appreciated.

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      sheena 3 years ago

      So happy to find this info!! Thank you!!! My son has a BAD diaper rash ...its been bad since yesterday, this morning my heart was breaking changing his diaper :o(

      So this morning I immediately went to Google and this was the first page I clicked on! I wish I looked yesterday...My mother in-law has been telling me for years now she swears by bag balm, so luckily we ALWAYS have some in the house, it does wonders on the worst of cracked hands and feet. I don't know why I never thought of using it as a diaper rash aid! So anyhow I ended pouring a warm bath with only water no soaps etc.. took him a few secs but when he finally got the courage to sit in the water the smiles started coming and I could finally take a deep breath! After his bath I immediately applied bag balm then sprinkled Burt's Bees dusting powder which is talc free and my personal favorite...But anyhow he's back to himself , walking normal and in better spirits for now , we'll see the next change :(

      I'm going to keep using wet warm paper towels for cleaning the area instead of wipes (that DEF makes a HUGE difference) and applying bag balm and powder ! From the bottom of my heart , THANK YOU for sharing ! My heart was breaking at diaper changes.. Ill post an update in 24 hours!

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      Elisabeth reaves 3 years ago

      Your suggestion on the bag balm was spot on! It helped my daughters severe diaper rash in ONE day! Thank you for this blog

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      shannon 3 years ago

      My daughter is 3 months old n I went from huggies to pampers baby dry n she got rash so I went back to huggies n started using desitin after the butt paste didn't help.and it is so much worse n I'm sure its the desitin so I'm goin try the baking soda n hope that works.thanks.if anyone has any suggestions please.

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      stormi moon 4 years ago

      Baking soda? I have never heard of using this. I have always been told to use corn starch... but iam gonna give it a try. Thank u.