Cloth diaper rash?
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June 16, 2019 / By Harper Question:
We started cloth diapering our daughter about a week ago. When she was born, we had her in Pampers Swaddlers... these caused a serious rash. We then switched her to Huggies Pure and Natural (organic cotton, no dyes, etc.). She never ever had a rash in those. We decided to cloth diaper because the Pure and Natural diapers are EXPENSIVE and it's better for the environment. She did really well on cloth for about 2 days and then a HORRIBLE rash broke out. The diapers are simply cotton on the inside. Thinking it might be the cloth diapering "soap" (Charlie's environmentally-friendly wash) that I was using to wash them, I washed them a couple of times in the soap that we wash her clothes in (Method baby detergent). Still, rash was horrible. After 2 more days of this, I put her back in Huggies Pure and Natural and rash was gone within 12 hours. What in the world is in the cloth diapers that is causing this....? We were using Bumgenius pocket diapers. Any suggestions..?
I appreciate all the answers so far but I should add a few details...
Let me give you a timeline.. 3 days on Pampers.. rash.. 3 MONTHS on Huggies... not even a hint of redness.. 2 days on cloth... rash. I don't see how it is even remotely possible that it is a yeast issue.
We do use diaper cream on her (after every poo and if there is ever even a teeny bit of redness).. we also use Avalon Organics baby powder after a super-wet diaper (in the morning.. after a nap.. etc.) Great experiences with both but you can't put cream or powder in a cloth diaper.
Pocket diapers are the only way I can go with cloth. I am a working mom and daycare won't deal with prefolds and flats...
Best Answers: Cloth diaper rash?
Donalda | 2 days ago
It sounds like your daughter has really sensitive skin. My son is like this.
Pocket diapers gave my son a *horrible horrible* diaper rash. We can't use them. It sounds like this may be the case with your daughter. We use prefolds fastened with a snappi, and a bummi's or prorap cover. They are super easy to use. I know you said you can't use prefolds because of your daycare situation. There ARE some fitted diapers with snaps that are made from the same breathable cotton material as prefolds, but they are much easier to put on than prefolds. I have some of them, and they are much more convenient than prefolds because you don't need a snappi. You just need a diaper cover.
Perhaps you can CD her when she is at home with prefolds, and send the Huggies pure & natural to the daycare. You might still save money. Its just a thought, as prefolds tend to be the most affordable option, and when used with a diaper cover and snappi, are pretty much leak proof.
When our son was two weeks old, his pediatrician told us to stop using baby wipes. Ever since then, we have been sticking his butt in the sink when he has a poop (well now the tub, since he is so big). You can also get some of those cheap birdseye diapers and just wet them to use as a wipe. I would avoid the chemical wipes, I even have doubts about the "chlorine free" wipes, and would limit their use to outside the home. They are quite expensive and from my experience, you have to use several for each poop!
ETA: I wanted to add that I agree with what the other poster is saying about the Charlie's soap. I have found that the Charlie's Soap causes a bit of build up. I use Bio Pac. You might consider using another detergent such as Bio-Kleen or Bio-Pac. If you are going to try a different detergent with the same diapers, you might want to strip your diapers first. There are numerous sites which give instructions for stripping.
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Originally Answered: Help with an extreme diaper rash?
Home treatment is generally all that is needed for most cases of diaper rash. At the first sign of a diaper rash, try the following steps.
Keep the skin dry and make sure the skin is not in contact with urine and stool.
Change the diaper or incontinence brief every time it is wet or soiled. During the daytime, check the diaper or brief every 3 hours. You may need to change the diaper or brief during the night to prevent or clear up a rash. It is not unusual to change a diaper or brief 8 times in a 24-hour period.
Use a superabsorbent disposable diaper.
Gently wash the diaper area with warm water and a soft cloth. Rinse well and dry completely.
Do not use any soap unless the area is very soiled. Use only a mild soap if soap is needed.
Do not use "baby wipes" that have alcohol or propylene glycol to clean the skin while a diaper rash is present. These may burn the skin and spread bacteria on the skin.
You may use a blow-dryer set on warm setting to get the diaper area fully dry on adults. Do not use a blow dryer on babies or small children.
Leave diapers and incontinence briefs off as much as possible.
Protect the healthy skin near the rash with a cream such as Desitin, Diaparene, A&D Ointment, or zinc oxide. Do not apply the cream to broken skin, because it can slow the healing process.
If you use a disposable product, fold the plastic area away from the body, and do not put the diaper on too tightly. Do not use bulky or many-layered diapers or incontinence briefs.
Do not use plastic pants until the rash is gone.
Give more fluids to make the urine less concentrated. Cranberry juice may be used by adults and children over 12 months of age. Do not use other juices, which may make the urine more irritating to the skin.
If the diaper rash does not get better after several days, try the following steps.
Soak in a warm bath for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, if the skin is very raw.
For babies and young children, add 2Tbsp of baking soda to a baby tub, basin of warm water, or bathtub. Remember, do not bathe a baby until the umbilical cord has fallen off, and never leave a child alone while he or she is in the bath.
Have older children and adults sit in a bathtub with a few inches of warm water or use a sitz bath.
If you use a disposable product, change brands or switch to a cloth product. Try a superabsorbent disposable diaper or brief with absorbent gelling material (AGM), which pulls moisture away from the skin. Some people are less likely to develop a rash with one diapering product than another.
If you use a cloth product, switch to a disposable product. The cloth or the products used to clean the cloth diaper may be causing the rash.
If you use cloth and do not want to switch to a disposable product, change detergents.
Rinse diapers or briefs twice when washing.
Use vinegar in the final rinse at a strength of 1fl oz vinegar to 1gal of water.
Diaper Rash Topics
Check Your Symptoms
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When treating a diaper rash:
Do not use a nonprescription adult vaginal yeast medicine on a baby or child. Check with your doctor before using any product made for an adult on a baby or child.
Adults can use a nonprescription adult yeast medicine to treat diaper rash. Follow the instructions on the package.
Do not use baby powder while a rash is present. The powder can build up in the skin creases and hold moisture. This may help bacteria grow and cause an infection.
Do not use cornstarch on a rash in the diaper area. Cornstarch also allows bacteria to grow.
Symptoms to Watch For During Home Treatment
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to evaluate your symptoms if any of the following occur during home treatment:
A rash in the diaper area gets worse after 24 hours or does not get better after 48 to 72 hours of home treatment.
A rash in the diaper area looks like a rash on other parts of the body.
White patches appear in the mouth.
Pimples, blisters, open weeping sores, boils, or crusts develop in the diaper area.
Signs of infection develop.
Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
I hope you read this through, One point I wanna make clear is that you should def leave the diapers off your baby and let him air dry. That is what my mother did to me and my sisters when we had a rash and it works well. Just put a blanket down and let him play naked :-) I bet if you follow this you will not need a doctor after all.
Actually cloth diapers cause more diaper rash. The disposables keep moisture away from the skin better, You could use the insert that do the some thing as disposables however, it makes cloth as expensive as disposable and is only slightly better for the environment. If you use cloth you must change a lot, like every time they pee. This is why I don't use them on newborns. Another thing you can try is baby powder. It will buy you a little time with the cloth diapers but you still have to change a lot. I never use cloth at night either until I start potty training.
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With cloth diapers you have to change the diaper more frequently because there are no ingredients in the cloth diaper wicking the moisture away from the baby's bum. The moisture can cause diaper rash/chaffing, but it also creates an environment that allows yeast to develop, so it cannot be ruled out.
I'd try to give the baby more naked time to help her skin dry naturally. If you are breastfeeding, you can express breastmilk onto the skin to help it heal, then let dry before putting back a diaper. Don't use TOO much diaper cream, as too much can make the bum too humid and does more harm than good. It needs to be applied in a thin layer and rubbed in.
You might want to figure out a system where you use both cloth and disposable (try a store-brand diaper as these are cheaper and have fewer ingredients). Perhaps when you are out you use disposables, but when home you use cloth. Or vice versa. Whatever works.
As for personal experience: my son always got rashes with disposables with aloe vera in them. He also got rashes from cloth b/c I could not change him fast enough (he was a frequent pee-er). No matter what I tried (different liners, etc.) cloth didn't work for us, but that doesn't mean you won't find a system that does.
Anyway, for now, lots of diaper-free time and making sure the bum is totally dry before putting the diaper back on (especially at night or after baths).
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It could be a lot of things, it could be that the soap is not rinsing out all of the way. This is really common especially in a front loader. Add a couple of extra rinses, and look in the washer during your rinses. If you're seeing suds, there's still soap so keep rinsing. I am blanking on what the bumgenious are lined with, is it microfleece? suedecloth? A good number of babies react to suedecloth, not sure why but I know I have heard of it a lot.
Are you changing her as soon as she pees? It can be hard to tell when she has peed with a pocket diaper because you can't feel if it's wet from the inside or the outside particularly well. If you babywear you can generally feel when she pees (it gets very suddenly quite warm ;) ) so that can help too.
If she has very sensitive skin I would say trying prefolds or (better yet) flats would be your best bet. They are the easiest to get very clean and make sure there is no soap residue.
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Some kids have horrible issues with the Charlie's soap. Like almost a chemical burn-type problem. I would try stripping the diapers (you can google ways to do this) and wash them in something else from now on.
Also, are you sure you're changing her often enough? I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but when we first switched to cloth my daughter got a rash because I had a hard time telling if the diaper was wet or not sometimes.
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Originally Answered: What is the best cloth diaper pail to use at home day care that is childproof?
For out and about (and daycare when my son does eventually start) I use a wetbag rather than a pail.
you can hang them on a high hook to keep them out of reach of small fingers!
These ones work a treat- a friend has this one
Alternatively if you are handy with a sewing machine you can make your own for a fraction of the cost- just sew a basic large drawstring bag out of PUL- mines just a pillowcase pattern that I put a drawstring closure on.