Coconut Oil for Diaper Rash
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Coconut Oil for Diaper RashCoconut oil is extracted from the mature meat of the coconut. It is a natural, beautiful smelling moisturiser that soothes and nourishes, with no irritation.

Diaper rash is an uncomfortable rash that can be cause by yeast infection, acid in the stool, ammonia from urine or diaper material. It is important to keep the area dry and clean, and coconut oil acts as a barrier and prevents the diaper rash. No one likes to see their baby suffering with a diaper rash! So, try these methods that will treat diaper rash effectively.

Why Is Coconut Oil good for Diaper Rash?

Coconut oil has many amazing properties that makes it an excellent treatment for various conditions, including diaper rash.

  • Coconut oil contains antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that help to promote healing.
  • It has lauric acid (also found in breast milk) that treats bacterial and fungal problems very effectively.
  • Lauric and Caprylic acids in this oil are natural yeast fighting substances.

1. Coconut Oil for Diaper Rash:

Method – 1: (Coconut Oil)

  1. Wash your baby’s bottom properly with water and let dry.
  2. Apply coconut oil on the affected area using your fingertips.
  3. Allow it to dry before putting on a new diaper.
  4. This coconut oil acts as barrier between the skin and waste in the diaper.

Method – 2: (Coconut Oil as a Natural Diaper Cream)


  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • a tablespoon of calendula flowers
  •  a tablespoon of chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup of Shea butter
  • a teaspoon of arrowroot or zinc oxide powder.


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or double boiler top above boiling water.
  2. Add calendula and chamomile flowers and keep the heat on low/medium for at least an hour or until the coconut oil in it turns to yellow.
  3. Then strain the flowers out using a fine metal strainer.
  4. Add Shea butter and arrowroot or zinc oxide to the coconut oil.
  5. Use a food processor to create a velvety cream.
  6. Store this in a small glass jar and use it as needed.

Method – 3: (Coconut Oil with Shea Butter, Beeswax and Vegetable Glycerin)

  1. Melt 1/2 cup of Shea butter, 1/4 cup of coconut oil and a tablespoon of beeswax in a small saucepan.
  2. Once it has melted completely, remove it from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.
  3. Use an electrical mixer to blend until creamy.
  4. Store it in a jar or air tight container and allow it to cool.
  5. Use this as a diaper rash cream.

Method – 4: (Coconut Oil with Lavender Oil)

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a glass jar.
  2. Pour about 1 – 2 inches of water into a saucepan.
  3. Allow it to reach boiling point and place the jar on water.
  4. Remove jar from water once the oil melt.
  5. Let it cool for about 5 – 10 minutes and then add the lavender essential oils.
  6. Stir it well then pour into an air tight glass container.
  7. Allow it to cool for an hour or two before applying to the affected area.
  8. Regularly apply this diaper rash cream.

Method – 5: (Coconut Oil with Grape Seed Extract and Water Spray)

  1. Take 2 – 3 drops of grape seed extract and 2 oz of coconut oil.
  2. Dilute in an oz of distilled water and mix it well.
  3. Pour this solution in an empty spray bottle and then use it to spray on the rash area at every diaper change.
  4. Leave to dry before applying a new diaper.

Method – 6: (Coconut Oil with Beeswax and Zinc Oxide Powder)

  1. Put 2/3 cup of coconut oil and 1/8 cup of beeswax into a glass bowl.
  2. Melt by using double boiler.
  3. Then add 3/4 tablespoon of zinc oxide powder.
  4. Use a blender to blend the mixture for several minutes.
  5. Pour this cream into an air tight container and allow it to cool and solidify.
  6. Apply this to the affected skin.

2. Coconut Oil for Yeast Diaper Rash:

Yeast diaper is more painful rash that caused by a fungus called Candida allbicians.

Method – 1: (Coconut Oil with Tea Tree Oil)

  1. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to melted coconut oil and mix well.
  2. Apply this to your baby’s bottom after cleaning and drying the area.
  3. Leave to dry before applying a new diaper.

Method – 2: (Coconut Oil with Grapefruit Seed Extract)

Grape fruit extract contains anti-fungal properties that help to treat yeast rash.

  1. Fill a jelly jar with coconut oil and add 5 – 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
  2. Mix it well and then apply this on the diaper area after every diaper change.
  3. If the baby is over 6 months, you can also add few drops of tea tree oil.

Precautions and Tips to be Followed:

  • Always use extra virgin organic coconut oil.
  • If you’re breast feeding, have coconut oil in your diet for extra results.
  • Let your baby be diaper free for a while to get better air flow.

Have you tried any of these coconut oil methods in treating your baby’s diaper rash? Or do you know any other methods that cures the diaper rash effectively like the use of baking soda? Then feel free to share your experience with us.

    1. Suggested ratio will be mixing 5 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. But don’t apply undiluted tea tree oil on the skin as it causes burning sensation and also mix this only when the coconut oil is completely melted.

      1. While pregnant I can’t eat garlic for whatever reason. So I tend to get yeast infections while pregnant. I take a spray bottle with water and tea tree oil and keep it in my shower. Every shower I spray down below. It helps prevent yeast infections. I hadn’t gotten one since. I used it all thru my first pregnancy, after I gave birth, and during my second. It’s also great during breastfeeding. I spray it on my nipples while in the shower. It was the only thing to get rid of thrush when my daughter gave it to me in my nipples. I used it straight out of the bottle for that. But if you have sensitive skin I suggest mixing it with coconut oil before applying. None of the medicine the Dr gave me would help. And you don’t have to wash it off before breastfeeding which I also loved. I did so much research on how to get rid of Thrush and I tried pretty much everything and nothing worked like this. And I couldn’t find anywhere that anyone else had used it this way. But I figured I’d give it a try since it works so well for everything else. Tea tree oil is a must have for our family. Hope my story helps someone.

  1. Can you tell me what is the remedy should i follow to cure redness of both out side of potty area for my one month baby

  2. How long does it take for the coconut oil to dry? I don’t want to leave my baby bare in the cold winter months for too long.

    1. It depends on the amount of coconut oil you have applied. On an average, our skin absorbs coconut oil within 15 minutes of application.

  3. Can I use fresh turmeric organic soaked in olive or raw organic coconut oil on a nappy rash on her poo area ? She is 17 months old

    1. Yes, you can. Some children are allergic to turmeric. If the application is causing discomfort to her, then avoid using turmeric.

  4. What ratio of lavender oil and chamomile oil would you add to coconut oil for a eczema/nappy rash lotion? Would you use different ratios for the Under 6 month old and Over 6 month old?

    1. You can add a drop of each lavender oil and chamomile oil into 8 drops of coconut oil. This ratio is applicable for kids more than 6 months. Essential oils should not be applied to infants under 3 months of age. If your kid is 3+, then you have to increase the amount of coconut oil to one ounce i.e., 1 drop each of lavender and chamomile oil should be added to 1 ounce of coconut oil.

    1. Apply small amounts of coconut oil and let it dry completely. Repeat the application few times in a day until the rashes clear.

  5. My baby is 5 months old and I don’t want to leave her diaper off too long because she could use it again, so my question is can the coconut oil be applied while wet? Also how dry will coconut oil get?

    1. Coconut oil can also be applied on the wet skin. Coconut oil will not get dried up, it will be absorbed by the skin.

    1. It is hard to tell the exact time frame as it usually depends on the skin texture, healing capacity and other factors. So, we recommend trying the remedy regularly until you get relief.

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