You started using cloth diapers believing that your child would never have to experience diaper rash. And then? There it was. So now you want to know how to fix it without ruining those diapers!
First thing first: Let's get to the root of that rash. Here are a few things that could be causing it:
- ammonia build-up: Does your little one's bum look bright red (think sunburn) where the insert touches him/her? Do your eyes water when you change a diaper because of the ammonia smell? It's probably time to strip your diapers. We recommend "Rocking a Soak" with Funk Rock, or stripping with RLR (a customer favorite)! There are many methods for stripping; see what you think will work for you! (Here are a few tips for preventing ammonia build-up in the future.)
- yeast: Does your child have a persistent rash that hasn't gone away, despite your efforts? Is it a strong, beefy, well-defined red? Please see a health care professional! You may be dealing with yeast. Wash all of your diapers, inserts, wipes, etc., and try Mother Love Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve or CJ's Butter PLUS. If you're dealing with out-of-control yeast, here are some more helpful tips.
- simple fixes: Try changing baby more often, using a microfleece or flushable liner (to wick away moisture), or letting baby "air out" diaper-free occasionally.
Alright, now let's talk about some cloth-safe creams for the everyday/occasional rash that occurs! Believe it or not, there are lots of options!
- Coconut Oil
- CJ's Butter: Available in a tub, a stick, or a spritz (we also have sample sizes in case you can't choose just one scent!)
- Eco Sprout Bottom Balm
- Eco Sprout Coconut Stick
All of these options are cloth-diaper safe, and most have lots of other uses.
We wish you many rash-free, soft-bottomed, cloth-diapering days.
Has this post been helpful for you? What are your best tips for fighting (or avoiding) diaper rash??