diaper rash

Kim - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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So, I am a new mom, and before having my daughter, I never changed a diaper. I know I know... lol, but I've been using cloth diapers for about two weeks now. She has started getting a little big of diaper rash. What can I do to prevent this? And a weird question...when I put the creme on should I be careful around her vagina? I mean will it burn if it gets in there. I've heard different things from everywhere! lol thanks for the advice!

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Vilate - posted on 07/22/2009

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LOL! oh boy, You know I almost considered not posting after that intro Tricia. :)



But yes I will say wool. I use a fitted with a wool cover. The fitted I use (and make) had a microfleece layer in side. The microfleece wicks the moisture away and into the absorbent layer. It helps to keep the wet off the baby's bum. I use a fitted that has no Waterproof layer in them for the breathability. you don't want all that moisture held in next to the baby's bum to breed bacteria.

As for a cover as you now have guessed I suggest wool. Wool is amazing. it is breathable, yet waterproof, cool in the summer -through evaporation, and warm in the winter. It can be very soft if you are picky about the wool you use, and they make the cutest covers ever. I also like the fact that I can have a couple pair of longies and some shorties and not need to buy pants for my baby. :) Saves me $$ and a step.

I have a webpage with tons more infor on wool if you want to check it out, plus pictures of different types I have made. http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com



k, that being said. I also think you might need to check into your detergent you are useing. If you have a detergent that has enzyems in it they could be the culprit. Enzymes are in the detergent to eat the bacteria off our clothes, which is a good thing normally, but when you CD they are still on the fabric and then they will attack the bacteria on your babys bum when it gets wet. It leaves a nasty rash. On my webpage that I gave you there is a list of enzyme free detergents.



Aslo you might just need to strip your diapers there are many different ways to do this, but I do it like this.

fill the washer up with hot water add your detergent, watersoftener (if you have hard water), I use 3-5 drops of tea tree oil in all my diaper washes to help kill the bacteria and the ammonia smell. Then throw your diaper in. run just the wash cycle over and over untill all the bubbles are gone. It will take like 3-5 times to do this, then finish out the rinse and spin cycle. This is to strip out the detergent bulid up that can happen when you use cloth.



I also suggest sunning diapers it helps kill any bacteria and is a natural bleacher for the stains.



So, I think I hit on just about everything.



about the rash cream. You want to make sure that they rash cream you are using doesn't have fish oils in them. And you need to use a lay in of mircofleece to protect your diaper from the creams.

I also would suggest naked time to help get rid of the rash. You just get a changing pad or a towel and lay it out under the baby.



hope this helped and I didn't go on and on and on as I tend to do! :)

Let me know if you have any other questions too please.

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Danae - posted on 08/24/2009

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You can get fleece at the fabric store or an old blanket and put it as a barrier against the skin, it will wick away the mostiure and keep your baby's bum dry. Also on the cream question It depends on the cream, my daughter complained about certian brands. Burts bees is great, but my fav is Aveeno's cream it is really thick and lasts a long time on their bum.

Patricia - posted on 08/24/2009

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Creams on cloth diapers build up a film, causing wicking(leaking) and more rash. Most of the manufacturers tell you that when you buy them. Water is best instead of expensive wipes with chemicals, plus like others have said Air dry/naked time. Plus frequent changes, or a liner to help with dryness if you like. You can get them in silk, flushable and a few others.

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First of all you need to use pocket diapers or add a liner in your diaper that wicks the moisture away from the skin. I did not realize this for a long time and almost quit cloth because my daughter kept getting horrible rashes. Second of all, the best treatment for an extreme rash is washing with plain water and air drying after every diaper change. If this is not possible (long trips, night time, etc.) use a good rash cream like boudreax's butt paste. Sometimes, though, hydrocortisone or lotrimin may be more appropriate. You can look at pictures online to diagnose what type of rash she has (yes there are different types and my daughter's had almost all of them). And don't be embarrased to call or see the doctor if you feel you need to. Anyway, ever since I switched to pockets my daughter hasn't had any rashes.

Abby - posted on 08/17/2009

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Most diaper rashes are caused by a fungus. I mix my own cream using a tube of zinc oxide, a tube of hydrocortizone 2% (over the counter), and a tube of Lotrimin (that's the antifungal). I got this recipe from my pediatrician and it works, but if you cloth diaper, be sure to line your diaper with a piece of fleece.

Catrin - posted on 08/05/2009

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My little girl had nappy rash at a few weeks old and even though I tried all sorts of creams, the only thing that did the trick was a bit of nappy free time at every nappy change and a nappy free hour in the morning and afternoon. Cleared within about 2-3 days!

Anne - posted on 08/05/2009

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in addition to the other's reccommndations above, we use Magic Stick or Northern Esseance for a rash ointment. They work wonders and are safe to use with cloth.

Julie - posted on 07/28/2009

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You could also try useing a fleece liner in your dipes, I do. I use zinc oxide cream. The fleece liner keeps the cream off the diaper as well as wicks moisture away. This works for me.

Vilate - posted on 07/22/2009

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well let us know if you have any other questions!

:)

It would also be fun to see your diapers when they are done.

Kim - posted on 07/22/2009

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cool! thanks! My sister bought me a package of "How To Make your own diapers" and the fabric for the inside was birds eye, and the pul in the middle then the cute cartoon fabric on the outside ( I think fleece) But I will try wool! Thanks again for the info. Thats exactly what I needed :)

Lindsay - posted on 07/21/2009

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burt's bees diaper rash cream works wonderfully with cloth diapers because it won't stick to the diaper. it also really helped our little girl who seemed to get it a lot right at first. we firgured out that we couldn't use certain wipes with her because she is very sensitive. our midwife told us the best thing to use on the baby is plain water. so now we just carry her to the bathroon sink for every changing! we save money on wipes and her diaper rash hasn't come back since! also naked time is really good!

Tricia - posted on 07/21/2009

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Oh, the fabric is definitely wool. Cotton prefolds with wool covers. Give it another 24 hours and you'll have a post from Vilate about that. Or you can check out the links at the bottom of the main page for her info on wool covers. I understood that you weren't putting it inside. I was just saying it should probably stay well away from that area.

Kim - posted on 07/21/2009

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I guess I wasn't clear. I was asking if there was a fabric that could help. I do change her as soon as she's wet or dirty. sometimes too soon bc she sometimes isn't finished! lol

I wasn't planning on putting it inside, I just didn't want to rub it on the outside and it get in there. As in when she moves around and stuff. Anyhow, thanks for the advice

Tricia - posted on 07/21/2009

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The very best way to prevent diaper rash is to change her right away as soon as she's wet or dirty. Seems like common sense, but it works. Also, naked time is a super way to both treat and prevent diaper rash. And in this weather, how can you resist? Naked baby! Woo hoo! Combine naked baby with tummy time for even more fun! ;-)



I don't know if it'll hurt, but I'd keep the diaper rash cream away from her vagina and urethra to avoid the risk of infection. And honestly, despite the advertising, I'm not convinced diaper rash cream actually helps much. So if you want to just skip it, that's fine too.

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