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How to Treat Diaper Rash with Burned Flour

By Kent Page McGroarty ; Updated April 18, 2017

Diaper rash is a common problem caused by wet/dirty diapers irritating the skin of babies which results in dermatitis of the thighs and buttocks. It is very itchy and painful. Other causes of diaper rash include foods and drinks that raise ammonia and acid levels in urine/feces and sensitivity to creams and lotions. Natural home remedies for diaper rash include treating the problem with burned flour, which has long been celebrated as a very effective diaper rash cure. Burned flour absorbs moisture well and can be used to treat any rash or blisters.

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Measuring spoon

Measure 1/2 cup of plain flour and place in a heavy skillet over stove.

Turn stove burner to medium to high heat and stir flour until well browned, but do not let flour burn.

Place flour in a glass jar. Dust over affected area after every diaper change. The problem should clear up in 2 to 3 days. The flour will stain diapers.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring cup
  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • Skillet
  • Stove
  • Stirring spoon


Olive oil and corn starch are two effective natural remedies for diaper rash. Apply olive oil generously to the skin concentrating on creases of the skin. Cocoa butter can be added to the olive oil for additional relief. Dust corn starch on dry skin post diaper change. There are no side effects from any of these treatments.

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About the Author

Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.

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