Dealing with Diaper Rash

Everything I read about cloth diapering said that diaper rash rarely happens to a cloth diapered baby, if at all.  Believe me with I say it does happen.  And new mothers should be forewarned that a newborn baby will develop diaper rash in the first two weeks as they adapt to life in diapers. 

That being said, when diaper rash happens, first try to find the cause.  Babies will develop a red ring around their bums when they have a food allergy.  For me, the main cause has been simple.  Too long in a poopy diaper.  If he poops in the night, he’ll have a rash the next day.  If we’re out and I don’t notice he pooped, he’ll have a rash for the remainder of the day.

What do you do when a rash occurs? Regular commercial diaper rash ointments can cause buildup on cloth diapers.  If the rash is really bad, they can be used, but the diapers must be stripped when they begin to retain smells.  Here is a chart I found that rates commercial diaper rash creams for cloth diapers.  I think it’s a good guideline should someone choose to use diaper rash creams.

We don’t use them in our house.  The remedy for diaper rash is simple and natural. 

1. Clean baby’s bum thoroughly and let it dry.

2. I express a little breastmilk and rub it all over his bum.

3. Now we do what I call “Naked Baby Time”, basically set him down on the floor in his bare bum with a prefold underneath him.  I just let him kick around until he fusses, sometimes up to 30 minutes.  He loves naked baby time.  He gets a full range of motion with his diaper off and he can grab his little toes.

4. If the diaper rash is really bad, I put some lanolin on it.  Lansinoh will work fine, but I have a hard time spreading it smoothly.  I like to use the Medela brand lanolin.  It’s really easy to apply to such sensitive skin.

Finally, remember to change your baby often, at least every two hours while they are awake.  Make sure to include some naked baby time in your day, they just love it and it’s so good for their bums.


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One response to “Dealing with Diaper Rash

  1. sounds like you are doing everything right!
    One thing that helps is putting olive oil or an olive oil lavender salve on every time you change the babe. Lavender is naturally antibacterial, and olive oil will not build up on your diapers… also it will absorb into the skin to condition and protect it.

    Happy Diapering!

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