Natural Toilet Seat Dermatitis Treatment

by Cynthia on January 26, 2010


As moms, we always want the best for our children.  Yet sometimes in an effort to protect our children from grems by cleaning with strong cleansers, we could be doing more harm than good.  Take, for instance, the recent comeback of toilet seat dermatitis.  Rashes from toilet seats are once again afflicting American children, and the rare condition is often misdiagnosed, which may delay proper treatment.  That’s the conclusion from a report based on five cases of toilet-seat contact dermatitis investigated by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and reported in the Jan. 25 issue of Pediatrics.

Toilet seat dermatitis causes skin irritation around the buttocks and upper thighs. If it isn’t treated properly, researchers say discomfort can persist and lead to painful and itchy skin eruptions.  First described in 1927, toilet seat dermatitis was the result of exposure to wooden toilet seats and the associated varnish, lacquers, and paints that were to blame for the skin irritation.  Since the 1980’s, most toilet seats were made from plastic, which researchers say prompted a dramatic decline in the condition.  Recently, however, some homeowners have opted for toilet seats made from exotic woods, and there has been a sharp increase in the use of harsh toilet seat detergents.

Children can develop toilet seat dermatitis after repeated exposure to residue from harsh cleaning chemicals or after several uses of a wooden seat, said Dr. Bernard Cohen, director of pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.


  • If your child is diagnosed with toilet seat dermatitis, or any other type or skin inflammation for that matter, apply a few drops of Young Living lavender, myrrh or JuvaCleanse to the affected area.  Follow with a layer of Young Living Essential Oils Rose Ointment.  Repeat 3-4 times daily.  (Make sure you are using therapeutic grade essential oils as the solvents and additives in other essential oils will worsen the condition.)
  • Replace the toilet seats at home.  Use toilet seat covers when in public.
  • Replace harsh cleaning products with effective yet all natural Thieves Household Cleanser.
  • Take 1-2 Inner Defense capsules daily to support the immune system and prevent secondary infection as a result of irritated skin.

Product Recommendations:  lavender, myrrh, JuvaCleanse, Thieves Household Cleanser, Inner Defense.

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