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Consider Cloth Wipes
Cloth wipes can be a great addition to your stash to reduce skin irritation.
Delish Naturals - Canadian
My favourite Canadian made cloth diaper rash cream, made in Kamloops BC
Rashes are NOT normal
Babies who regularly experience rashes with cloth diapering are not experincing normality.
Yes, rashes happen, but they should not be a constant battle. Skin should be healthy and happy in a cloth diaper. It deserves to be.
Do you ever talk about cloth diapers and then someone tells you “I tried cloth diapering but my kid always got rashes?”
Ya, me too. I get it all the time.
People comment or message me on IG about rashes being constant and why they quit. One person even told me rashes were normal for cloth diapering parents.
I want to squash that believe because rashes are not normal for cloth diaper parents. They shouldn’t be. I’m not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice this is a potential list of ideas of why rashes could happen with cloth diapered babies.
If you’re struggling with a rash you’re not the rule, you’re the exception.
The struggle with rashes is that like many things there are a variety of things to rule out that could be impacting your child and their skin. It makes it a big guessing game you have to work through. Today, we’re going to talk about a few of the common rash causing complaints, but this list is not exhaustive. If you know fo more reasons drop them in the comments for people to learn about and best yet offer a solution if you know of one.
- Changes in Diet or Teething: Some children get rashes on their tushes with changes in diet or if they are teething or sick. This is the number one reason we get a rash in my house. Teething poops tend to be a little more acidic due to the increased saliva production. When the acidic poop touches the skin it begins to freak out. The same applies when my children eat acidic food like spaghetti. In general these rashes stay where the poop touched the skin and clear with a little rash cream and frequent changes.
- Wash Routines: a bad wash routine can cause a rash these rashes tend to show up wherever the moisture of the pee held the lingering build up of detergent or yuck against the skin. Your diapers will typically smell foul like poop or ammonia. If this happens you need to tweak and reset your cloth diapers. You can choose to strip them, but I find that doing a deep clean wash or a couple hot rinses brings my diapers back to square one and we can start again.
- Detergents: some kids are sensitive to detergents and even though your diapers don’t stink they will have a rash on their bum. Detergent sensitivity is claimed to be relatively rare but many detergents use fragrances that cause skin dermatitis in 1-3% of the population. You will probably know based on reactions in clothing if this is the case.
- Wetness Sensitivity: and this one to me feels complex because it could be more related to the textile than the urine. For my children they screamed and complained when they peed and not so much had a skin reaction. They grew out of this, eventually. Some children will react to wet textiles or wetness against their body. They might get a little red. You can try increasing the frequency you change the diaper to keep the area dryer, and you can also try using different stay dry materials like fleece liners, silk liners, athletic wicking jersey liners, and pocket diapers. Some families find that wet cotton gives their child while wet bamboo ro hemp blend diapers does not. This is known as textile dermatitis and typically shows up with cloth diapers because you’re holding the wet textile against a very sensitive area.
- Microfibre Rashes: if you’re placing microfibre directly agains the skin you can increase your chance of a rash. Microfibre draws liquid away rapidly and this will often overdraw the skin and irritate it. Microfibre needs to be wrapped in a natural fibre or placed inside a pocket cloth diaper.
- Yeast Rashes – these tend to be diagnosed by doctors and if you suspect a yeast rash then go see your doctor for medical advice. Yeast happens because the groin is a wet moist area and diapers keep things wet and moist. There are a lot of different ways to treat your diapers. I don’t have any yeast experience.
Did I miss a reason some people get rashes in cloth diapers? Drop a comment below. I know there are others. It isn’t the normal course of action but rather the exception to the rule.
When it comes to treating rashes, I use Delish Naturals. I love it because it’s a not just for butts kind of cream and that means I can use it on chapped cheeks and noses. This is good because It took me nearly 2 years to go through one tin of this stuff. Another brand I would recommend is Modern Botanical Company which is spearheaded by Kaitlyn who is an amazing cloth diaper mama of 3. She’s based in the united States.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do cloth diapers cause more rashes?
They should not.
Modern cloth diapering along with modern washing machines, detergents, and strategies should not leave residue or build up that irritates the skin.
Rashes can happen with cloth diapers, but if you are constantly getting a rash, it’s time to problem solve your wash routine.
Why are my cloth diapers causing rash?
Your cloth diapers may be causing a rash because:
1) detergent build up in the fibres.
2) the diapers are not clean of urine or poop.
3) your child is sensitive to the textile or detergent product.
4) your child has an underlying health concern.
5) moisture – let dry.
can I use diaper rash cream with cloth diapers
Yes, most diaper rash creams are compatable with cloth diapers. If you are using a product with synthetics or petroleum, you may consider a liner.
That said, most rash creams will wash out of most natural fibres.
Learn More: https://www.allaboutclothdiapers.com/cloth-diaper-safe-diaper-rash-creams-updated-again/
can I use coconut oil for diaper rash with cloth diapers
It washes out easily.
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