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I need help with my daughter’s constant diaper rash! The only thing that ever gets rid of it is letting her wear disposables for a few days. We only use natural detergents on our cloth diapers (currently we’re using Eco Sprout) and no matter what detergent we use, the rash always seems to come back. We have tried all sorts or rash creams that are safe for cloth diapers. I even bought some CJ’s Butter because I heard such good reviews on it but I think that it actually made her rash worse. My younger daughter (who has eczema) has NEVER had a diaper rash and I wash their diapers all together.
I have stripped their diapers using RLR and also when we switched to Eco Sprout.
What can I do to help my daughter’s bum?
I asked Joanna a few questions to try to get a better idea of what’s going on. They use pocket diapers (Bumgenius & Blueberry mostly), and her daughter had the same problem with gDiapers’ cloth inserts. Her other child does not have this problem, and she washes their diapers together. The rash sometimes comes along with little open sores. The Eco Sprout detergent ids doing a good job of getting the diapers clean, they aren’t having any odor issues.
My first thought is that she may just have a little one with very sensitive skin! I’d first try changing more often (if you’re changing every 2 hours, try every hour.) I’d also suggest trying a very thin layer of “cloth safe” diaper rash cream at every change, as a preventative measure. Some that I’ve tried and liked are Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm and Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve.
Some babies are sensitive to synthetic materials such as microfleece, microsuede & suedecloth used as diaper inners, and/or the PUL outers. I’d be very interested to see if the rash cleared up with natural fiber fitteds or prefolds either coverless, or perhaps with a wool cover.
Joanna did say they may just end up working on potty training a bit early if it is the diapers in her stash, and that she doesn’t think her childcare provider would do prefolds.
I would also maybe take a look at the wash routine. I know you stripped when you switched to Eco Sprout, but it wouldn’t hurt to do several hot washes (with nothing but water) to get all residue out and see if it helps. If you don’t already do an extra rinse when you wash, consider adding one.
Since the rash clears up in disposables, and your other child doesn’t have it, I doubt it would be yeast (and yes, Joanna has taken her to a doctor, don’t worry!) 🙂
Has anyone dealt with a rash in cloth that cleared up in disposables? Did you figure out what caused it?