Can cloth diapers cause diaper rash?

Anna - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have been CDing my 7 month old for 1 month and it looks like he is developing a rash. He had perfect skin before I switched to cloth and I have never had to use diaper cream on him. Can the cloth cause this? His daycare and I are strict about changing him every 1 1/2-2 hours, and I have the dirty diapers to prove it! I am using g diapers with home made inserts. I made them with micro fleece against his skin, a layer of microfiber and a towel. Do I need to strip them? Any thoughts?

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Jessika - posted on 01/06/2012

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i guest its depend of the child, my daughter have super sensitive skin and cloth dipper never giver her rash but disposable get her big rash except huggies, with cloth it importent to keep humidity away from skin, also most daycare do not use cloth dipper properly, my friend never had problem with cloth until her child when in daycare, if they aren't use to it they often do it wrong but never will admit that to you. my friend give up and started using disposable for daycare and cloth at home and her issue stop. I don't want to say your daycare do it wrong or doing a bad job, it just a possibility that's happen to my friend and I am sharing her experience. but every child are different.

Tom - posted on 01/03/2012

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If you need a different diaper rash cream try Bum Ease, a new spray on diaper rash cream that is really easy to use with lots of pediatrician recommended zinc oxide. It is available on-line right now but they are working on getting it in stores. I think you can find it in Kerr Drug stores in North Carolina.

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Vilate:



Kasey: I'll be it was the shampoo you were using! not the cloth wipes.



I agree it was probably the shampoo.  We just use plain water, it works great, always easily accessible, cheap (lol) and we never have a problem.

Vilate - posted on 04/30/2009

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Anna: So I don't like to brag, but I would almost bet money that my diaper with a wool cover would hold up to him at night! We can go all night and an hour or two before we have to change a diaper around here! here is where I sell then. http://www.vilatesniftynook.etsy.com
I would suggest going with some hemp/bamboo inserts! they are so super absorbent!

Kasey: I'll be it was the shampoo you were using! not the cloth wipes.

Kasey - posted on 04/30/2009

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I was using homemade wipes with a water and a little baby shampoo and my son developed diaper rash. For some reason I went back to the regular wipes and it got rid of the diaper rash. So I think that the homemade wipes were not getting him clean enough. Just a thought.

Anna - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Is the rash all over or just in spots? Has your son been trying any new foods lately? What type of detergent are you using? I have heard of kids having rash reactions to CDs, but it is usually the other way around. Some things to try might be stripping the dipes, trying out different types of natural detergents, try a different type of insert or a different type of CD, and monitoring his food intake vs. rash occurrence. I know my son will go months without a rash and then if he eats too much citrus or something else that is very acidic he will get a rash. Good luck!



He has recently tried carrots, and he pooped at almost every single diaper change over the weekend.  I don't think carrots are particularly acidic, but I wonder if that has anything to do with it.  I use Planet detergent (1/4 of recommended) and did strip them last night.  I still use a disposable at night because he sleeps 12 hours and I cannot find any cloth no matter how full I stuff it that will hold his heavy pee.  Even the gdiaper flushies leak.  So I put some cream on the last few nights and cut out the carrrots and the rash is pretty much gone.  I don't know if it was the carrots or the stripping, maybe it is both!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/29/2009

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I don't like the g-diapers because they are essentially plastic pants. I would try a Bummis cover if you want to use insterts/covers. I do sometimes use 'sposies for my son if he is getting a rash, not because the cloth causes it, but because I can slather him up with cream for a day or two with the sposies.

Vilate - posted on 04/28/2009

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Oh, I will actually answer your question. YES cloth can cause rashes if it is done wrong! If all the wet sits right next to the baby's buy it will cause rashes. disposables have those absorbent tablet thingys in them to pull the wet away from the bay's bum. If you use the right type of diaper together with a wool of fleece cover that will let the bum breath you will not have rashes.

Vilate - posted on 04/28/2009

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I would forgo the g-diaper and get a nice breathable fitted with a wool cover. If your baby's bum isn't getting air to it that can cause a rash and yeast infections.



I would also suggest using a few drops of tea tree oil in your wash and then sunning your diapers to kill any bacteria



here you can checek out my web page that has a ton of CD and wool info http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com



Good luck!

Rachelle - posted on 04/28/2009

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Sometimes synthetic fibers next to the skin can cause rashes. Not with mine but I have heard ppl having to switch to all natural fibers like cotton, hemp or bamboo. Breathability is important and making sure it is not a thrush yeasty rash. My 3 yr old had a very bad one when she was 2 and it happened when we were moving cross country and stuck in cars for 4 days. It took special care to make it go away. Rising with vinegar will help with the acid that can sometimes not get rinsed all the way out of micro fiber towels.

Good Luck

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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Is the rash all over or just in spots? Has your son been trying any new foods lately? What type of detergent are you using? I have heard of kids having rash reactions to CDs, but it is usually the other way around. Some things to try might be stripping the dipes, trying out different types of natural detergents, try a different type of insert or a different type of CD, and monitoring his food intake vs. rash occurrence. I know my son will go months without a rash and then if he eats too much citrus or something else that is very acidic he will get a rash. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 04/27/2009

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I would still strip them. Do you use any kind of cover? The cover turned out the be the culprit in the rashes my daughter was getting. We made the switch to all wool covers and haven't seen hide nor hare of a rash since.



Good luck!

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