If you have read our guide to how baths are great for diaper rash, then you will note that one of the baths we recommend is baking soda. Whilst this innocent-looking kitchen agreement might not seem like an obvious skin healer, trust us, it is!
As anyone who loves a good bath bomb might be aware, baking soda is the main ingredient in bath bombs. This is because it has several great effects when combined with your bathwater, but unlike bath bombs, it just heals and soothes without any of the fancy perfume or colouring added to them.
Is baking soda bath safe for baby?
Yes, adding baking soda to a bath is a safe and gentle treatment for babies. Baking Soda does not hurt or irritate your baby’s skin in any way but instead treats her symptoms to help heal the rash brought on by diaper rash.
Because dissolved baking soda can be absorbed through the skin, it is critical to apply just a little quantity of baking soda to newborns and small children. In most situations, bathing the afflicted region in a modest, lukewarm bath with 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda for 10 minutes is adequate to provide relief.
Does baking soda really work?
Baking soda is not just a simple kitchen ingredient, it has actually been used for thousands of years as an effective treatment option.
To understand what baking soda does to heal diaper rash, you first have to consider the science behind how our skin rashes are formed. After the skin’s protective barrier becomes broken down, bacteria can infect baby skin and cause a rash. The pH of the skin will then change because of this infection, causing even more irritation.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate works to restore the skin’s natural pH which means that it effectively stops the harmful bacteria from continuing to grow and so also prevents further infection. This is why adding some baking soda to your bathwater can be so helpful when treating diaper rash.
How to Prepare a Baking Soda Bath
Ingredients: A couple of teaspoons of baking soda, lukewarm bathwater and a clean washcloth.
1) To start, mix 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda with your baby’s bathwater to make doubly sure it will be dissolved in the water. If you add the powder directly to the water, it can get messy and you might not be able to mix it in properly.
2) Stir the water carefully to make sure all of the soda is dissolved before getting your baby into the bathwater.
3) After 10 minutes in a baking soda soak, gently pat your baby’s delicate skin dry with a clean washcloth. This will remove any leftover bathwater and it will also help make your baby’s skin feeling soft and moisturized.
If you want to use baking soda for a baby’s diaper rash treatment in an emergency, you can mix a little baking soda into a bit of plain water or apply it directly onto the affected area before placing your baby into his diaper.
You can also add essential oils to this bath for the baby to soak in, or you can add baking soda to oatmeal baths which also help diaper rash. Make sure the water is warm and not hot water.
Baking Soda Baths Have Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Baking soda is alkaline and can assist to balance your skin’s pH. This makes it an excellent alternative for persons who suffer from acne, eczema, or psoriasis. Baking soda can also be used to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot. It should be noted that baking soda should not be applied to open wounds.
This implies that it may be used to treat yeast infection as well as sensitive skin. Baking soda in a lukewarm bath can quickly relieve sore and irritated skin and is an excellent alternative to oatmeal baths. Baking soda baths can also be used for Psoriasis Medicated baths to help deal with psoriasis symptoms.
Can I use baking soda paste for diaper rash?
Baking soda paste is also an excellent natural method for cleaning your baby’s diaper region and for dealing with even severe diaper rash. It can assist to eliminate any built-up bacteria or muck, and it won’t bother your skin as some other harsh cleaning products can.
To produce baking soda paste, combine 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water. Gently clean your baby’s diaper region with a moist cloth and paste. Rinse well with warm water.
If you’re using cloth diapers or disposables, make sure the baby receives plenty of diaper-free time between changes to help get rid of diaper rashes. The soda paste can be used in place of diaper cream at diaper change time, but it should not be removed with baby wipes. It’s safe to use with cloth or disposable diapers.
This paste is safe to use with cloth diapers, check out our guide to cloth diapering and rash creams here.
Baking Soda Paste Diaper Cream Recipe
We love this recipe to make baking soda paste diaper cream. All you need is baking soda, water and a clean jar with a lid.
Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of warm water to make paste. Stir the mixture well before applying it to your baby’s rash twice daily until symptoms improve. You can keep this paste in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Just thin it with a little bit more water if it has set before using it again.
Will a Baking Soda Bath Help a Yeast Rash?
Yes, baking soda baths may be used to treat yeast infections as well as itchy skin issues.
To make a baking soda bath for yeast diaper rash: Add one cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak in the bath for 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times a day as needed. You can add soda to an oatmeal bath. The warm bath water is one of life’s great natural remedies for diaper rash.
If you find the bath has made the diaper rash worse then stop using baking soda and switch to a different type of detox bath (an apple cider vinegar bath or Epsom salts bath also work. If you are not sure what type of rash your baby has, read our guide to different types of diaper rash.
Should I rinse the baby after a baking soda bath?
It’s not essential. You can give them a moisturizing rub with coconut oil or shea butter on their skin immediately after the bath to keep it from going dry.
Take Away on Giving Your Baby A Baking Soda Bath for Diaper Rash
If your baby has a severe diaper rash then adding baking soda into the baby’s bath will help not only it but also help with any eczema flare-ups. You can add aloe vera or olive oil to the baby soak to keep their skin from going dry. All of these at bath time will relieve itching not just in the diaper area. Adding in a half cup of apple cider vinegar will, along with the bicarbonate ions kill any fungal strains or candida cells present.
If you prefer to find alternative natural treatments for your child’s diaper rash or fungal infection, then a soothing bath might just be the thing!
Baking soda is an excellent natural remedy for many skin problems. It can be used to help heal fungal infections, treat sensitive skin issues and combat diaper rash.
In this article, we’ve discussed the benefits of using baking soda in baths as well as how it can be combined with other ingredients or therapies to create a soothing bath that will soothe your baby’s tender skin from head to toe. I hope this helps, but if your baby is always getting diaper rashes, it might be worth reading our guide to see what might be causing them!