creams and ointments - what to do?

Amber - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is fighting ear infections and the meds they put him on cause diarrhea. Although I am checking his diaper often and change him as soon as I notice, they are not quite so diligent at daycare. Consequently we are also dealing with diaper rash and need to put something on his poor raw little bum. Also the doctor noticed the skin on his penis had adhered to the head and had to be separated. She told us to apply vasiline a few times a day. I know cloth diapers and creams/ointments don't mix. Any suggestions??? Will I just have to strip them more often? Help please!

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Rebecca - posted on 01/16/2009

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I made wipes/liners out of old t-shirts for this very reason. They work great and I dont worry about getting gunk on my diapers. You can sew them but you don't have to. If you don't sew them they don't look very pretty but they don't frey either.

Julie - posted on 01/15/2009

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Aquaphor by eucerin is wonderful!!! it is vaseline based but even better! I only use it when they are red or raw. Not all the time. Clears it up - sometimes by the next diaper change! You can get it in the baby section or lotion section. It is also great for cuts scrapes and sunburn!!

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Anne - posted on 02/04/2009

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I swear by Burts Bees Baby Bee diaper ointment (check out www.luckyvitamin.com) - it is SUPER thick and a fair amount stays on between changes making sure that there is still a barrier between the skin and the diaper. Try this as it could help with the rash, especially if he's not being changed as frequently. Don't use it sparingly though, paste it on there - looks like zinc ointment that you'd wear at the beach.

Katie - posted on 01/26/2009

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Is he circumcised? I know that if he's not, it is normal for foreskin to cover the head to protect the glands and sometimes it doesn't seperate until they are 6 years old or more. There are many doctors that aren't familiar with intact boys...

Anne - posted on 01/25/2009

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You can also use Aquaphor and Maalox. It is a 1 to 1 mix. It takes a while to make it because the Aquaohor has the same consistency as vasaline. You just have to pour a little Maalox into the aquaphor and fold it in slowly. It takes a while to compound but is totaly worth it. You may also inquire at your local pharmacy, sometime they will compound it for you. You do not need a prescription for it.

Anne - posted on 01/25/2009

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I use Desatin cream and Bum Genius diapers. I am just very careful about applying the cream to her skin and not globbing a lot of extra on. It stays on her skin and not the diaper. I have not had any problems with the diapers and cream together.

Amie - posted on 01/25/2009

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Olive Oil is natural, effective, inexpensive and easy on the CDs! I love it, and never use anything else!

Kimberly - posted on 01/24/2009

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My sister and a few friends just swear by olive oil. Nothing else. I haven't tried it myself, but I do know it would wash out of your diapers pretty well if you wash with very hot water... (maybe also pre-treating with your diaper soap or using diaper liners to be safe...)

User - posted on 01/24/2009

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I used to use Balmex every diaper change.  I had no problems with it washing out of the diapers.  I did have to clean my maching every so often with a paste of baking soda and water. 

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I have had a lot of success with plain old corn starch. I find that it keeps the affected area dry long enough to clear up a rash by the next diaper change. Since the daycare isn't changing your little one often enough I would at least get them in the habit of using powder at every diaper change.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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DO NOT USE ANYTHING WITH ZINC OXIDE!!!  It will stain your diapers as well as leave a residue on them which will make them less absorbant.  If you have already experience these stains by using these yucky creams you will need to scrub the areas of the diapers clean with some dawn detergent and a scrub brush. 



If you absolutely need to use zinc oxide, you should put a liner in your diaper.  Cutting up strips of fleece is a good idea.  This is thick enough that it will not soak into the diaper.



I have a couple different types of creams that are cloth diaper friendly.  There are a couple different kinds from Northern Essence.  They have a diaper rash salve which works amazingly on tough rashes.  They also have this "better butt(er)" cream which is more buttery and even works for yeast rashes!  Awesome stuff. 



Here's the linky to the lady I purchase from:



www.growingupgreen.ca



 



If you like handmade creams, this lady is awesome as well.  She has this bum wash called "ribbits" which I keep in a spray bottle with water.  I use this during diaper changes and honestly I haven't had a rash since.



www.londonfrogg.com



 



If you're interested, come and join this message board.  It's full of CDing mamas who will totally give you ideas and support.  www.clothdiapernation.com



I'm Jenny81 over there.  :)

Cory - posted on 01/16/2009

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I use Burt's Bees and haven't had a problem washing it out. It hasn't ever hurt the diapers. It also really works well on my son, which is what I care about the most!

Kimberly - posted on 01/15/2009

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I really love Angel Baby bottom balm. It is safe to use with cloth diapers and is an incredible healing potion. Flushable liners are also good. I like the Kushies ones that come in a roll.

Abby - posted on 01/15/2009

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Use a fleece liner.  You can make your own by cutting up any ole fleece scraps.  When you wash your diapers, wash the fleece liners separately with a little bit of Dawn.

Kate - posted on 01/08/2009

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We just started using Burt's Bees diaper cream, it has been MUCH more helpful than the typical stuff. We use a liner, and wash with soap nuts, and so far it has not been a problem. If you use a liner (even a washable one), you can just strip the liners or even throw them out and then you'll be fine.

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We use a diaper cream made by Ewe Need It on HyenaCart. It's awesome stuff, and works with CDs (it's made by a CDing mama :-) ). http://hyenacart.com/EweNeedIt/index.php...

If you cannot find a salve that works to your liking, you can always just smear on Vaseline, and cut up strips of fleece to cover the area, and protect the cloth diaper.

Deanna - posted on 01/08/2009

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As for a cream, I HIGHLY recommend using Northern Essence Diaper Salve. We love the stuff and it's been great on my LO's butt. Doesn't hurt the diapers at all, either. It's made specifically for cloth dipes. www.northernessence.com

Lynn - posted on 01/07/2009

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you can by disposible liners that sit on top of the diaper.  I have them for my little guy when i need to use creams on him and they work really well they are even flushable.  I dot mine at Cheeky monkey.

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