Diaper rash blues

Brandee - posted on 12/09/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Ugh. My daughter has very sensitive skin (like her mama) and we have been trying to figure out diaper rash in the context of cloth diapers for several weeks now. We use disposable diapers at night and she wakes up with no rash. But we don't want to use those during the day. Daytime is a Nikky or Niji diaper cover with a folded prefold inside. I change her often and let her lay around naked (on a rubber sheet) but still a rash. I've used Weleda Diaper cream (15% zinc oxide), Method diaper cream, and now Desitin in the purple tube (40% zinc oxide). The Desitin clears it, but I'm worried it will clog her cloth diapers if I use it during the day, so she has a little bit of a rash during the day. I should say that I have had her checked to see if this is a yeast infection and it is not. We've used homeopathic Borax to help in case of yeast and acidophilous added to her diet. This is not a reaction to solid foods, she had this rash before she began solids. My next idea is to put a piece of polar fleece or wool fabric between the prefold and her skin and that maybe this will wick moisture away from her sweet bottom. Any other ideas?

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Carolyn - posted on 05/13/2010

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We can get liners for our diapers that are flushable. Kushies and Bummis make some. They come on a roll of 100 and when my little one has a bad day of rash I use them so the diaper cream doesn't get on the cloth of my diapers, just on the liner. The liner get thrown away or flushed if messy. The other option is to make liners yourself to save money that are just for diaper rash days. When they get too hard to clean, replace them.

Aicha - posted on 02/20/2010

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Corn starch for sentive skin and wool diaper covers that have been felted will help clear that rash right up that's what I used on my DD and she has been rash free since also let baby have free of diaper time daily

Brandee - posted on 01/18/2009

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wow, thanks for all of the great ideas everyone.  The thing that ended up working for Trixee was using a more wicking fabric and staying away from 100% cotton as much as possible.  I would have thought cotton would be better, but not for her.  Anyway, I think also it had to do with her chemistry at the time, maybe getting adjusted to solid foods, maybe just getting older and having stronger pee?  Who knows.  But it finally went away and now we can use cotton again, just not all the time and I change her frequently.  Thanks again for all of the help!

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi, My little man has the same problem, the doctor prescribed Metanuim.
Its works wonders.
Hope your little ones rash clears up soon.
Blessed Be x

Christy - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Amy:

I am having the same issue with my little girl. Haven't quite tried everything you have yet... but working on it. I am also trying a solution of olive oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil and water - I put it in a spray bottle and use that on her bum at diaper changes. (found the recipe online somewhere). I have also started only wiping her bum when she has a poopy diaper and not a wet one. This seems to have helped quite a bit.

If the cloth doesn't work out for you - check out G Diapers. Kinda like a cross between cloth and disposable. Cloth cover with disposable insert. The inserts are flushable and 100% biodegradable (you can even compost the wet ones). Hope this helps.



I started my baby on cloth using the g-dipes w/ cloth inserts, I've since made some AI2's that I use w/ cloth inserts but I have a pkg of the g-dipe flushies. On the rare occasion she's had a rash, I'll use the g-dipe flushie inserts w/ my AI2's and use the creams so I don't have to worry about messing up my cloth!



Here is another resource for cloth dipes and rash creams: http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/di...



HTH!

Nellie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I found out my daughter's skin was sensitive to the suedecloth in the BG. She would rash up right away whenever she wore those diapers. I have opted for the pure fleece interior of the Tiny Tush. No more rash!



I would definitely try using a wicking fabric like fleece.



Nell's Natural Baby

Alicia - posted on 01/10/2009

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i would try not using a pull cover and invest in some wool. or strip your diapers

Katie - posted on 01/09/2009

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Quoting Krista:

Have you tried to use cloth wipes? Faith had a constant rash until I ditched the store bought wipes.
There are a lot of opinions on how you can accomplish using cloth wipes and the solutions, etc.. If you want to go this route, decide what works best for you. There is no right answer.

In the interest of saving money since I am a SAHM I didn't want to buy cloth wipes so I cut 2 recieving blankets into 7"x3" pieces and put them in an old wipes container. Then I put a few drops of Arbonne Baby oil and baby wash in a container with some water, swished it around and poured it over the wipes. Most wipes just get washed with her clothes, bad ones get washed with the diapers.

Voila..no rash and WAY cheaper!



Sorry I didn't read that she had suggested making your own. Didn't mean to repeat it.

Katie - posted on 01/09/2009

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I had a problem with rash on my son. It lasted for months and like you I tried many different creams and lotions.



If you use cloth wipes - make your own solution. I use baby soap, baby oil, baby lotion, and water. I just squirt it into an old wipe container and fill it half full. I never measure anything - just what looks good.



Try a sensitive skin or free and clear soap - something like dreft. Add in a couple more rinses - one b-4 the soap, one after the soap. Quit using tea tree oil. It can leave a residue.



Try baking soda baths to neutralize the acid a couple times a day - again I don't measure just what looks good. She will only be sitting in it for 5 - 10 minutes.



At night try over the counter hydro cortizone cream - just a thin layer - covered with a thick layer of vasoline. The hc cream helps with the irritation and the vasoline keeps the wetness away.



Hope that helps.

Amy - posted on 01/08/2009

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I am having the same issue with my little girl. Haven't quite tried everything you have yet... but working on it. I am also trying a solution of olive oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil and water - I put it in a spray bottle and use that on her bum at diaper changes. (found the recipe online somewhere). I have also started only wiping her bum when she has a poopy diaper and not a wet one. This seems to have helped quite a bit.



If the cloth doesn't work out for you - check out G Diapers. Kinda like a cross between cloth and disposable. Cloth cover with disposable insert. The inserts are flushable and 100% biodegradable (you can even compost the wet ones). Hope this helps.

User - posted on 12/18/2008

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Have you tried to use cloth wipes? Faith had a constant rash until I ditched the store bought wipes.

There are a lot of opinions on how you can accomplish using cloth wipes and the solutions, etc.. If you want to go this route, decide what works best for you. There is no right answer.



In the interest of saving money since I am a SAHM I didn't want to buy cloth wipes so I cut 2 recieving blankets into 7"x3" pieces and put them in an old wipes container. Then I put a few drops of Arbonne Baby oil and baby wash in a container with some water, swished it around and poured it over the wipes. Most wipes just get washed with her clothes, bad ones get washed with the diapers.



Voila..no rash and WAY cheaper!

Melissa - posted on 12/16/2008

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i would definitely try using a more wicking fabric. i think a poly-blend might wick a little better (and be lighter material) than just straight cotton.

do you use more than one layer in the diaper already? how often do you wash them? maybe try the baby soap that they sell?

Brandee - posted on 12/11/2008

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Thanks Melissa. I bought a yard of fleece today to make a barrier between her skin and the cotton. I think the wet cotton next to her skin might be part of the problem, we'll see. If that doesn't work I'll try a wool cloth (and see if natural fibers work better). I appreciate your feedback!

Melissa - posted on 12/10/2008

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Wow! You are amazing! Well done on all you have done to try to clear it. I had the same problem with my latest little one, also using disposable's at night and not wanting to during the day. I found that it was what the nappy was made of, making it too hot for her. I LOVE the fitted cloth nappies but unfortunately my daughters bum does not! Old fashioned 100% cotton nappies cleared the rash. By the way, so pleased to hear you used borax and acidophilous, huge pat on the back for you, most these days will use prescription things. If it was thrush, the borax would have cleared it up

Brandee - posted on 12/09/2008

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By the way, I've boiled her diapers once to make sure there wasn't any build up. I haven't changed anything in the way of laundry, but I stopped adding vinegar to the first wash when I learned that this can cause rash. It was after that that I boiled the diapers. I do add one drop of tea tree oil in the first wash and use Allen's Naturally in the final wash. I do an extra rinse and then dry in dryer. Ok, I think that's it. I'm going to sit back and wait for your wisdom to pour in!

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