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We have recently been having issues with a diaper rash that won’t go away. No new detergents and been changing him every two hours or when wet or dirty. Overnight seems to be when the problem happens…I double stuff but have never stripped my inserts. Should I strip the inserts or any other tips?
I always recommend checking with your doctor when you have concerns about a rash. That said, when you are having a rash with cloth, I recommend first looking at your wash routine.
The most commonly successful routine is a warm rinse/quick wash, followed by a hot wash with detergent, and a double rinse. When your diapers are dry, then should smell like nothing but clean. If they smell funky, add more detergent. If they smell funky when your baby wets, try reducing the amount of detergent you’re using, add an extra rinse and/or try a different detergent.
If you notice redness with certain diapers, your baby may be sensitive to certain fabrics (like suedecloth) or may be extra sensitive to wetness (natural fibers.)
If it is mostly after a night time diaper, try adding extra absorbency. Hemp is fantastic for night time diapers since it is incredibly absorbent for its thickness. Top hemp with microfiber for a 1-2 punch of quick absorbing and high absorbency.
If you use the same diapers as designated “night time diapers” each night, try rinsing them right away to remove some of the ammonia/urine buildup. You can also consider a stay-dry liner if the diapers you’re using aren’t stay dry, and/or using a thin layer of cloth safe rash cream at bedtime, to provide an extra barrier at night.
Have you had rash issues with cloth?