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This is not so much a specific submission, but I’ve been asked a few times if I can address cloth diapering & eczema.
So what tips do I have for cloth diapers & eczema?
My (older) son has eczema, and his horrible diaper rashes are what finally motivated me to switch to cloth diapers, despite the high cost & lack of availability of “cloth diaper safe detergents.” (That is, and has been, a post in and of itself!)
I started our cloth diaper stash with just 3 diapers, and quickly realized that in the 6ish hours those diapers lasted, his rash cleared up. When I put disposables back on him, it flared up again. I added 3 more diapers to our stash, and washed constantly until I finally had enough diapers to use cloth full time.
Since then, I’ve never dealt with a rash in his diaper area. On the rare occasion that he’d get a little bit of redness, I’d use a tiny bit of any number of cloth safe diaper rash creams, and the redness would be gone by the next diaper change.
Since we started using Exederm (affiliate link), we’ve noticed a big difference in the eczema on his arms and legs as well. If we use something different at bath time, his skin gives us away!
I am not a doctor, and nothing I say should be taken as medical advice. However, if you are just switching to cloth, know that often the cloth alone can make a big difference. My son’s skin is very sensitive to moisture, so he does best with diapers that have a “stay dry” lining. If you are dealing with a diaper rash, follow your doctor’s instructions, but protect your diapers from creams by using a fleece liner (or even two.)
You may want to consider using a very, very thin layer of a “cloth safe” rash cream (as a barrier), along with a fleece liner (to protect your diapers), at every diaper change, until your child’s skin is back to “normal.”
It’s very important to work with your child’s pediatrician and dermatologist to use the products that are best for his/her medical condition, however, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your cloth diapers.
Has anyone dealt with eczema and cloth diapers? What worked for you?