April 27, 2010

Dealing with Diaper Rash

Sooner or later, just about every baby gets a diaper rash.  It can be caused by a cold, antibiotics, teething, or skin irritation. 

The big question when cloth diapering is "How do you deal with it?"  Rash creams can be almost impossible to fully wash out ofhttp://www.clothdiaperoutlet.com/northern_essence_rash_cream.html diaper fabric and can even make the fabric non-absorbant.  So what DO you do?  Here are my suggestions...

1. Use a diaper-safe rash cream when you need it and use very little.  All of the rash creams that we carry at Cloth Diaper Outlet are diaper-safe.  What does this mean?  Most often, it means the cream or salve is made from ingredients that wash out easily and don't cause build-up on fabric.  They tend to be natural creams and even organic, which is great for baby's skin.  However, if you use it often (every diaper change all the time) or you use a lot (like you might for a bad rash), then you'll probably need to protect your diapers from the cream.  I've found that even the safest creams can eventually build-up with heavy use.

2. That brings us to liners.  The best way to protect your diapers is to use a diaper liner.  There are 4 kinds that we carry.  Two are flushable and two are reusable.  The flushable ones are nice since they can just be tossed.  The reusables are another way to save some money and be gentle on the environment.  In general, I think the fleece liners are the best for protecting diapers.  Cream doesn't soak through these liners easily and they are inexpensive enough that if they get too gunky, you can toss them. 

3.  If you have a bad rash that you're dealing with, your pediatrician might recommend to use a thick layer of diaper cream.  In this case, you might need to use several liners to fully protect your diapers from seepage.  We once used a thick layer of Desitin at every diaper change after a bad antibiotic rash.  We need 4 layers of liners, but our diapers were safe!

4. Wash liners separately from diapers.  You can wash them with towels or whatever you're comfortable with, but do wash them separately.  Rash cream can "melt" in the wash and transfer to diapers.  I had that happen and it's not fun fixing a whole stash of diapers!

And of course, you can always choose to use disposable diapers during times of heavy rash cream use.  Many moms choose to do that simply to protect their diaper investment. 

Post written and copyright by Heather Hicks, CDO LLC.


I have a confession - we use disposable diapers every night because of rash problems. Both of my girls (the 3 year old still wears a diaper at night) got horrible rashes at night. We didn't have any leaking problems, just rashes. Some of them quite awful. So now we use disposables at night and cloth during the day. No rashes at all!

When we do feel a need for diaper creams (which is rarely), we use the fleece liners and they work perfectly.

How strange! Your girls must have been extra sensitive to the fabric for such a long duration. At least you found a solution that works!

We have the opposite problem from Kansas Mom - 'sposies won't give my son a rash on their own, but if he already has one they make it exponentially worse! So we use cream + flushable liners when he has to be in a diaper, and go naked (with a mattress protector and towels in the playpen) whenever we can get away with it. Fresh air is the best treatment for sore bums!

We have had a wonderful experience with the Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion. We spray it on after every change and have not had problems with rashes.

Fortunately my son do not suffer from rash problems when he's in cloth diapers. That's the reason why we choose cloth diapering instead of disposables.