Cloth Diapers and Diaper Rash October 05 2011
- Prevention: At our house we are nearly neurotic when it comes to diaper changes. We make every effort to change a wet or dirty diaper as soon as we know about it. Sometimes that means a diaper change every hour; sometimes more, sometimes less. Practicing Elimination Communication or some variation thereof can also reduce the risk of diaper rash. When baby isn't wearing a diaper, she can't get a rash!
- Natural Remedies: Using an oil-based cream or natural salve can help keep minor skin irritations under control. If we eat spaghetti, our youngest will often have some pretty irritating bowel movements the next day, leaving her bottom pink or red, even if we change as soon as we realize she has a dirty diaper. Natural remedies are usually cloth diaper safe, so feel free to use them liberally whenever you feel the need.
- Medicated Creams & Zinc Oxide: On occasion, a certain meal or some other irritation may lead to a more severe rash, more than a natural remedy can heal. When you need to use something containing zinc oxide or some other cream-based ointment it does not have to mean switching to disposable diapers while you wait for the rash to clear. Instead, put as much cream on the baby's bottom as you need to, and cover the area completely with a clean, dry cloth, a fleece diaper liner or a disposable diaper liner. The liner will provide a barrier, preventing the cream from coating your diaper, which can cause repellency, stains or odor.
Do you have any other diaper rash-related questions? What about you experienced cloth diapering mamas and papas? What have you found that works well to prevent and clear up diaper rash? Leave a comment and we'll give a tin of Bum Bum Balm away to one of our readers! (Drawing will be held when we reach 40 comments!)