Corn Starch / Powder with Cloth Diapers...

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I know I should avoid using ointments and creams with Cloth diapers, what about Corn Starch or Baby powder if needed? Will it cause buildup in the diapers?

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Rachael - posted on 01/12/2009

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As a reply to the second to last comment, I use bumgenius diapers and they specifically say do not use vinegar in the wash. it can cause leaking by breaking down the diaper.

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Lisa - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi - My daughter got really sick in April of '07 and we had to switch to cloth diapers.  Due to her illness, her bowel movements were very loose for a long time - so even in cloth she was still having really bad rashes.  I used an ointment i purchased from www.cutiesncotton.com called northern essense.  It is a cloth diapering website, so the ointment is perfectly safe for use with cloth.  Also, the tiny amount you use, it hardly even gets on the dipe itself.  Also, if you think maybe your diapers could be causing the rash, due to build-up, try adding a bit of vinegar to the wash every now and then  - and a few extra rinses...it should remove the build-up.  Good luck mama!





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Whitney - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Corn Starch / Powder with Cloth Diapers...

I know I should avoid using ointments and creams with Cloth diapers, what about Corn Starch or Baby powder if needed? Will it cause buildup in the diapers?



Hi - My daughter got really sick in April of '07 and we had to switch to cloth diapers.  Due to her illness, her bowel movements were very loose for a long time - so even in cloth she was still having really bad rashes.  I used an ointment i purchased from www.cutiesncotton.com called northern essense.  It is a cloth diapering website, so the ointment is perfectly safe for use with cloth.  Also, the tiny amount you use, it hardly even gets on the dipe itself.  Also, if you think maybe your diapers could be causing the rash, due to build-up, try adding a bit of vinegar to the wash every now and then  - and a few extra rinses...it should remove the build-up.  Good luck mama!

HelenJane - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son was in the NICU and after using the terri cloth facecloths he got a really big blister on his bum.

I used zincofax and cornstarch, and i would alternate the 2 of them with every diaper change. His bum cleared up in no time. I have never used baby power because of an article that was sent to me saying there were cancer causing agents in it.

He is 15 months old and that is the only time he had anything wrong.

Kirsten - posted on 01/13/2009

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my daughter is now 11 and we used to buy Johnson baby powder with cornstarch already in it and it worked well and to be honest with u i still do buy it when i can as i use it in the summer time under my breasts. it comes in a faint bluish bottle. ask ur local chemist as they might be able to help you

Jasmine - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son just had a serious rash that ended up bleeding and willty so he went on antibiotics i had to strip wash all my dippers (nappies) before putting any of them back on and since then i have had no rash return.

this is what i did to get rid of any backteria and fungi from my nappies.

wash nappies on hot with a sqirt of eco friendly dishwashing liquird (i uesed - eco store)
do 2 extra rinses on the last rinse add ceanistean wash (this will help kill most off the left bacteria and fungi left)
sun for 2 days

When i use zinc creams or the ceanesitean cream on bub's bum i make sure i have a liner on the nappy. I don't use any powders on his bum and i just make sure nappy changes are done regular.

also have bubs bum airing as much as possible.

Angie - posted on 01/12/2009

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When my son gets a diaper rash I've learned to not use ointments but use baking soda in his bathwater and for the next 24 hours after make sure I keep changing him often, its amazing how fast it clears up.

Roselyn - posted on 01/11/2009

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I use Weleda diaper ointment which has not affected my diapers at all. It works on a rash like magic though. Weleda makes a talc-free powder as well which is supposed to be safe

Roselyn - posted on 01/11/2009

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If you add vinegar to the wash about once a week it helps get rid of buildup in diapers...detergent etc.

Cathy - posted on 01/11/2009

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You should NEVER EVER use baby powder or corn starch!!! The powder can enter a babies airway and cause breathing problems!!! Just make sure your baby is changed regularly and that their bottom is dry before putting on a new diaper. BABY POWDER IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR CHILD..... please check with your doctor.

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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when my son had a severe diaper rash cornstarch made it ten times worse. i believe i read that it makes the bacteria breed more. as far as w/ cloth diapers im not so sure what to use. hope this helps.

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When I was a baby, my mother used corn startch on me, because that was the only thing that would clear up my diaper rash.  My daughter, now 4, but when she was a baby, she got a really bad diaper rash, and I could find nothing to clear it up, I used corn startch and by the next day, it was at least 50% better.  I will use nothing but now, it is AWESOME!!!

Zandra - posted on 01/10/2009

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A clean, dry, cloth diapered bottom, especially with an airflow cover and loose-fitting clothes, probably won't need anything. I haven't read anything positive or negative about using either baby powder or corn starch with cloth diapers. I have read not to use them because of affecting respiratory system of the baby. (I used desitin (zinc oxide) if I thought it was needed. Yes, I could see it on the diapers before they were washed. So it might have built up a very little. I used the snap in diaper liners. So, maybe any buildup was confined to them and the diaper itself absorbed ok. But, I never had any noticeable buildup at all!) Do what you want. If the diapers are clean, the stuff will be gone. I would be more concerned about the powder 'dust' than the diapers. (Do not wash with ANY fabric softeners though. Use an extra rinse.)

Siouxxsie - posted on 01/10/2009

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When I used corn starch and baby powder I never had any issues. So long as you make sure the bottom is air-dry after wiping and sprinkle ever so lightly, all should be fine.

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