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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 3/28/11 – Diaper Rash/Creams

#clothdiapers rash creams

If you have cloth diaper questions, every Monday I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to add your opinions.

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Madeline says:

Hey Maria,

I have a friend with a newborn who has horrible diaper rash (even in sposies) and has to have medicated diaper cream and A and D ointment on her bottom (the doc wants only the A and D to come off with diaper changes, so the medicated stays on all the time). I suggested fleece liners, but wondered (1) if you have any other suggestions and (2) if you know of any diaper cream that is as thick as Desitin, but is CD safe.


Hi Madeline.  Even “cloth safe” creams have to be put on very, very thin in order to not damage the diapers. If she had to use a medicated cream, I’d recommend using a fleece liner for sure. You’re really not going to find anything that thick or medicated that is cloth safe. I never had luck with Desitin, but I think Boudreax’s Butt Paste is an awesome non-cloth safe rash cream. It always worked wonders on my daughter (who was disposable diapered.)

Does she know what the rash is? Thrush etc.? My son actually got terrible rashes from disposables, but it cleared up with cloth. If he gets a bit red, I put a thin layer of a cloth safe cream like Grandma El’s, Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, or Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve, and it clears up.

Once her baby’s rash has cleared up, she might want to consider using a very, very thin layer of cloth safe cream at every change as a barrier.

For now, I’d also recommend letting the baby have some naked time. Do tummy time on a few blankets or a waterproof pad, and leave the diaper off whenever possible. I know it can be a messy prospect, but air does seem to help rashes!
How about you lovely readers?  Have you battled a diaper rash that required medicated cream?

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