Diaper Rash

Hannah - posted on 11/30/2008 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My daughter has has some major diaper rash going on! I leave her diaperless for a few minutes between each diaper change and for about 15 minutes twice a day. When we leave her without a diaper we put A and D ointment on (ped recommended), but I have been told that its not good to put ointment on with cloth diapers. What do other people use to prevent/ heal diaper rash. It seems to really be bothering her.

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Dannielle - posted on 06/09/2009

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Quoting Ellana:

I use a natural product called pawpaw ointment. I don't know if you can buy it (im in australia). I put it on at the first sign of a rash and with in hours it's cleare dup.It's also great on cuts as it aids in healing. Our whole family now uses it. I use disposable wipes and find that if i thoroughly dry his groin area before putting the nappy back on helps as i don't use powder. Btw, how or what is "stripping diapers". I use cloth anppies and have never ehard of this.



Ellana,



Any creams and lotions cause a build up in nappies as does excess washing powder. A strip wash gets rid of these build ups. All you do is put your nappies on hit washes until the water no longer suds up. You can prevent build up by using a fleece liner. I got some fleece from spotlight and cut it into strips, cheap and no sewing required. Also you can use 1/4 the amount of washing powder and don't use powders or soakers with enzymes. So that means no nappisan.



There is an awesome site for clothies that you can chat about nappies and seek advice on anything from what nappies to use to nappy rash etc.



http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forum...



 



hope that helps.

Kayleigh - posted on 06/04/2009

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hi, i haven't used reusable nappies (though i plan on using them on my next child) but my litle boy had bad nappy rash at the beginning. i tried all the usual creams and ointments until i was introduced to Forever Living Products (to work),i tried some of their products and the 2 that worked for my boy was the aloe vera gelly (a gel) and aloe propolis creme.

Hannah - posted on 12/11/2008

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Great suggestions. We have been to the doc and it definitely is yeast. Am going to try to make some liners with microfleece. I think it will be handy for washing the poop off too!

Laura - posted on 12/11/2008

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like many of the moms have said- try some yeast ointment. any rash that sticks around for more than 3 days has some yeast to it. definately use liners if you're using ointment. especially diaper cream. i use bamboo diapers and haven't had any issue w/using lotromin or vasaline affecting their absorbency, but i know that stuff will clog the "pores" of the linings for pockets

for wipes- i love my bamboo wipes...one side velour one side fleece...soooo soft. but if you want to make your own, just head over to the fabric store and start feeling away. i'd start with flannels- something heavy to hold water, but super soft to the touch, maybe check out the cotton velour, then just cut them to the size you want and stitch them together. look for something that's kind of plush so even when it's wet it will gently brush off the ick and not "scrub". good luck getting things cleared up! Oh, and reflect to see if anything has changed in her diet too, something like a food sensitivity may have started it.

Ericka - posted on 12/11/2008

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My son had a rash that wouldn't go away either and I tried an anti-fungal (think it was Lotrimin and it cleared up. When it popped up again my pediatrician gave me a prescription for Nystatin and I haven't seen it again.

Lisa - posted on 12/09/2008

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Another one that works well is olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil (soothing and antibacterial).

Lisa - posted on 12/09/2008

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Browned flour (brown unbleached all purpose flour in skillet, stirring frequently) has worked well for us at preventing and treating diaper rashes. It's also safe on cd's. Probably not good for a yeast infection though.

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2008

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My little redhead has super sensitive skin and gets some wicked diaper rash, too. When you leave her diaperless, try going without the ointment, and only using it when she's in a diaper. It's the contact with the light and air that clears up the rash, and the cream is best for preventing the wetness from coming into contact with the skin (which won't really be an issue when she's naked). When we get a bad rash then we'll spend most of the next day naked. I just let her play on the changing pad with a couple prefolds under her, and take the pad to wherever I am in the house. This keeps her from rolling over and peeing on the rug. Also, if you use the ointment while in cloth, use a liner as others have suggested, and be sure to WASH THE LINER SEPARATELY if it's not disposable. Even in the wash that ointment can wreak havoc on your diapers, especially pockets.

Don'n.Denise - posted on 12/09/2008

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use the a&d and a liner, that way it doesnt get on your diaper. that's what i do. i have also used disposables for a day or two so i can change and throw away

Ellana - posted on 12/09/2008

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I use a natural product called pawpaw ointment. I don't know if you can buy it (im in australia). I put it on at the first sign of a rash and with in hours it's cleare dup.It's also great on cuts as it aids in healing. Our whole family now uses it. I use disposable wipes and find that if i thoroughly dry his groin area before putting the nappy back on helps as i don't use powder. Btw, how or what is "stripping diapers". I use cloth anppies and have never ehard of this.

Vilate - posted on 12/05/2008

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Hannah,

i would just use fleece as a liner, they are for fairly absorbant and the creams won't hurt them. You can use clotrimazole cream on it if it doesn't clear up. It is the active ingredient in Athletes foot cream. It is an antifungal cream. i would also suggest that you use wool cover -soakers and longies- over your pre folds! They are awesome. I love wool. It is breathable which helps with rashes a ton! I make and sell wool covers in my etsy shop. to see them http://www.vilatesniftynook.etsy.com

If you are a crafter you can make them yourself. I posted the link to an awesome site with tons of patterns in the Link section.



I would also suggest using tea tree oil in your wash since it helps kill bacteria, along with sunning them!

Sara - posted on 12/05/2008

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when my dd has a rash, and i have to use creams, i use old shirts or sweaters that i cut up from my older kids unwearable clothes, or from the thrift store, as long as its washed and clean we dont have a problem.. i have os pocket diapers.

Hannah - posted on 12/04/2008

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I understand that creams are bad for the diapers. They make them not as absorbent. One of the reasons for using a liner.
On that note, does anyone have a liner they like/ don't like?

Beth - posted on 12/04/2008

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I didn't realize that it was bad to use creams with cloth diapers...is it bad for the diapers? or for the baby?



I think my daughter actually got a rash from using disposable diapers...we wanted to use the size 1's that we got as shower gifts before they were too small. She wore them exclusively for about 2 weeks, and had a diaper rash the whole time. When we switched back to cloth it went away in about a day!

Holly - posted on 12/02/2008

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We put fleece liners in all our diapers and haven't had an issue with any creams we use. We also have a little yeast that cures right up with a prescription cream the doctor gave us.

Sara - posted on 12/02/2008

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my little dd went through this too, it could be a yest infection. you can buy vertually any medication used for treating yeast infections, like monestat or the store brand, ive even found this at the dollor store too. just a little cream rubbed on twice a day all over the red area, and a bit beyond cleared up this problem in no time, and didnt mess up my diapers. i also switched her to home made wipes too, there simple to make and cheaper too, but with all theproblems i had in the beggining with her, i thought id be best to know whats going on down there. good luck and best wishes!

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Oops, two more things we did:

Stopped using OxyClean in every load

Went back to washing every other night (per BumGenius directions) instead of washing every 3 nights - might help with the bacteria and gunk build-up

My mom also suggested hanging the diapers out to dry in the sun, which kills bacteria as well

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Whew - I just went through about a month of battling rash with my babe. I've had it gone for almost a month now (she is 6 mths old). Here's what I did:

Stripped the cloth diapers

Changed from cloth wipes to disposable (seemed to make a big difference)

Naked time

Kept her in disposable diapers and slathered her with creams until I could buy...

Kushies liners for my Bum Genius diapers

Tried yeast infection cream from my sister (RX only)

Tried A&D and Calendula (only made it worse)

Tried California Baby cream and Burt's Bees non-talc corn starch powder (buy at Whole Foods - these two products made all the difference in the world)

Didn't switch to cloth until the rash was 100% gone



So, after all that madness, I think it was the California Baby cream that finally took away her rash. Now I use powder for every diaper change, and slather her up in cream at night using a liner for my cloth diapers. This combined with the disposable wipes seems to have kicked the rash habit for good!



The most important thing is to keep things in perspective (this isn't the end of the world, etc - hard to do) and keep trying things until you hit upon the right combination for your little munchkin. It's tough -- you'll be in my thoughts!

Brenna - posted on 12/01/2008

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My youngest has been suffering from the same. I try to keep her in a snappied prefold for as long as possible during the day with no cover. Then I am sure to change her right away and there is lots of air flow. It is the fresh air that kills the yeast- lol. Good luck!

Hannah - posted on 12/01/2008

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Yes, it is red with little bumps. I have been reading about diaper rash in other places and it sounds like that might be what it is. She definitely itches when her diaper is off. We go to the doctor next week, but I just feel bad for her now. She has had a very small yeast infection on her chin before and I have just started using the cream we were given for that. Any other ideas?

Sara - posted on 12/01/2008

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i was wondering how the rash looked, does it look like a yeast infection rash? red with little bumps?

Hannah - posted on 12/01/2008

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Good ideas! i have stripped the diapers. Hopefully, we will find a combination that works!

Hopi - posted on 12/01/2008

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The A & D sort of depends on what kind if diapers you have. I use bumgenius and if she gets a rash first I try cornstarch to keep her drier and if it persists I use the A & D but put a layer of plain flannel between her heiny and the diaper so the a & d stays off the diaper (that is what I was told to do by the bumgenius folks). Also, I was using cloth wipes but during a vacation I realized that the disposable wipes were a lot softer than my cloth ones and think they were irritating her. I have switched to disposable wipes since and have not had any rash in ages. If anyone has any tips on good cloth wipes that stay soft, I would love some kinds to try.

Stripping your diapers may help too.

Regina - posted on 11/30/2008

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Whenever we get a little irritation, the first thing I do is go back to prefolds. That way I know as soon as he pees so I can change him extra fast. If he has on a thicker dipe or a cover, I might not know immediately. Other than that, it might be a "pee vs soap" rash. My son gets it occasionally. I strip all his dipes and it goes away.

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