Yogurt for diaper rash, what’s the story?
If your baby’s skin is suffering from skin irritation for a diaper rash, then you might want to turn to natural remedies such as a diaper cream. We’ve done a whole series on the best natural remedies for diaper rashes here.
You’ve probably heard of the usual coconut oil, shea butter, breast milk, but yogurt? Is this taking the natural remedy route a step too far?
Is Yogurt Really Good for Diaper Rash?
Recent studies show that yogurt has some benefits when it comes to healing and eliminating mild diaper rash, combine it with vitamin e oil for amazing skin healing.. The probiotics found in yogurt help to restore good bacteria and kill bad bacteria, which is linked with balancing pH levels of an infant’s skin.
Yogurt should not be used as a first course of action to treat diaper rash. Instead, its works best when it is a yeast diaper rash. This is because yogurt contains certain strains of probiotics that are beneficial in killing yeast rashes. If you are not sure what type of diaper rash your baby has, read our guide to the different types of diaper rash.
If you’re planning on using yogurt to treat diaper rash only use plain yogurt since flavored yogurts contain additional ingredients that may irritate the skin further.
Why Some Parents Don’t Use Yogurt to Treat Diaper Rash
Some parents may not use yogurt to treat diaper rash because they are concerned about the links between lactose intolerance and yeast infections. If your baby has a dairy allergy do not use yogurt to treat their diaper rash. If there is a known family history of dairy allergy in your family you might want to avoid it until you are certain your baby does not have a dairy allergy.
However, when using yogurt in yeast diaper rashes, this is not a major concern since studies show that the bacteria in the yogurt actually reduces the presence of harmful yeast in the intestines. However, always use a patch test to check for any allergies when using a new diaper rash treatment.
How to Use Yogurt for Treatment of Diaper Rash
You can use yogurt on your child’s diaper rash by applying a thin layer directly to the area that has the rash. Do not apply too much yogurt since this may cause irritation and make the problem worse.
You can use either cold or room temperate yogurt, some parents prefer to use room temperature as they feel the cold might ‘shock’ the baby. However, others prefer cool as its more of a cooling treatment.
The yogurt may make the skin heal and reduce in the inflammation in baby’s rash. However it does not provide a barrier against a wet diaper so make sure that with both cloth and disposable diapers you change the nappies frequently.
The yogurt will protect the skin from the acidic poop, acidic poop being one of the major causes of diaper rash. It will neutralise the acid so will give baby comfort.
Can yogurt give a baby a rash?
Yes, there is a possibility that your baby can get a rash from the yogurt. When using yogurt to treat diaper rash it’s important to monitor your baby’s reaction and to ensure you’re not giving them an allergic reaction.
More importantly, you should also use plain yogurt since flavored yogurts contain added ingredients which may cause irritation to your baby’s sensitive skin.
Can you put yogurt on a baby yeast infection?
Yes. It’s possible. Yogurt contains lactobacillus, which is thought to be anti-fungal/yeast. However, not much research has been done in treating yeast diaper rashes with yogurt.
A 2012 study discovered that a yogurt-honey combo was more efficient than an antifungal medication in treating vaginal yeast infections in pregnant women. The yogurt and honey combination was administered vaginally by trial participants. The yogurt combination had a clinical cure rate of 87.8 percent. It was 72.3 percent with the antifungal cream.
Can yogurt worsen yeast infection?
Yes if you use a flavoured yogurt or one with sugar in it. If you want to treat diaper rash naturally you should only ever use natural or plain yogurt on baby’s diaper rash.
What else can be used on yeast infections?
Raw apple cider vinegar (read our guide to ACV and diaper rashes) and tea tree oil are alternatives that may help remedy yeast infections. You could also use garlic, cumin, or yogurt-and-honey treatments. If you have a yeast rash avoid corn starch going anywhere near baby’s bum as this can make it worse.
Yogurt Paste Recipe
If you find the yogurt too runny to use on its own, then you can add it to shea butter or coconut oil to make a cream. You can also add baking soda (or give a soothing baking soda bath) or arrowroot powder, you can even add in aloe vera gel to help heal rashes. Shea butter is also great for treating diaper rash and can be used in conjunction with a lot of ingredients to make a diaper cream. Coconut oil also helps treat diaper rash.
You should always monitor your child’s diaper rash after you have applied the paste to ensure that it does not cause irritation.
What form of yogurt should be used on a yeast diaper rash?
The best form of yogurt to use in treating diaper rashes is plain, natural yogurt. If you’re using flavored yogurts make sure it’s sugar-free. You can tell its a yeast overgrowth because it will even be in the skin folds where a rash is just on the surface touching the soiled diaper.
How long does it take for greek yogurt to work?
The amount of time that it takes for the yogurt to work depends on the severity of your child’s yeast diaper rash. If you’ve been using yogurt for a few days and it still has not improved, then check out some of our other natural remedies like a baking soda bath (baking soda paste is also brilliant) and always ensure to air dry your baby before putting any diapers back on.
Can you use yogurt in baby’s bath for diaper rash?
Yes. You can add yogurt to your baby’s warm bath and allow them to soak for 5-10 minutes. We’ve done a series on the best soothing baths to heal diaper rashes quickly, it’s worth a read!
Can you use yogurt in a wipe solution?
You can dissolve plain yogurt with water and vinegar to make a wipe solution. Simply add two tablespoons of each ingredient into a spray bottle or jar, then fill the remainder of the container with water. Shake the mixture at least twice a day and spray it on your baby’s diaper rash. We’ve done a guide to reusable baby wipes which are much better to use on baby than shop bought baby wipes.
Is yogurt safe to use with cloth diapers?
Yes. Make sure that you’re using natural or plain yogurt when treating your baby’s diaper rash with yogurt to prevent any allergic reactions and other troublesome side effects.
If you want to treat yeast in a cloth diaper, then it is best to use vinegar or ACV and allow the diapers to soak for an hour before rinsing the cloths in the washing machine. You can add in a few drops of tea tree essential oil as well.
Read our guide to the best diaper rash creams for use with cloth diapers both to treat yeast infections and just general remedies for diaper rash. To prevent diaper rash always do your diaper change as soon as baby has soiled and never leave them sitting in a wet baby diaper for long whether using a disposable diaper or a cloth diaper or whatever diaper brands you are using. Also, diaper free time is essential!
Other Natural Remedies for Diaper Rashes
We’ve done a whole series on natural moisturizer and remedies that you can use in the diaper area. This includes olive oil (both as a cream and in a baby soak), an oatmeal bath, a little coconut oil on the baby’s butt will also help the affected area. When diaper rashes are treated naturally, you are avoiding putting harsh chemicals next to your baby’s skin.
No matter which treatment you choose, your baby’s butt will need plenty of fresh air and bath often in warm water. Read our guide to how soothing baths heal diaper rashes quickly.
The Bottom Line on is yogurt good for diaper rash
Diaper rash is a common problem for babies and can be caused by many things, including wet diapers, introduction to solid foods or new foods, bacteria, yeast, and chemicals. While there are many commercial diaper rash creams available, they often contain harsh chemicals that can further irritate the skin
Many parents find relief for their baby’s diaper rash by using yogurt. Plain yogurt contains lactic acid and probiotics which help to kill bacteria and fungus, while its anti-inflammatory properties are also soothing the skin. It is safe to use on both cloth and disposable diapers, and can be applied directly to the rash or mixed with other ingredients to create a paste.