(Closed) Newborn Cloth Diaper Rash

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How did you prep your cloth diapers? Are you using the same detergent on his cloth diapers as on his clothes? I am wondering if it might be a detergent sensitivity issue … Also, are you using different wipes with cloth vs with disposable diapers? Maybe something in your cloth wipe solution is to blame.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Bumps usually mean yeast infection, not diaper rash. Check with your doctor but I’d try Lotrimin (over the counter at any drugstore).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

So you haven’t been having any other rash issues with his clothes? Are you making sure to use an extra rinse with the cloth diapers to make sure you don’t have any residue on the diapers from detergent? I haven’t started cloth diapering myself, but I am just trying to help you troubleshoot … I have a lot of friends that cloth diaper, and I have never heard of a baby having issues with the cloth diaper itself, from what I hear, it is usually something related to the cloth diapers that can be altered/changed.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You may not be rinsing the diapers well enough (this would depend on your washing machine and/or your washing method), or you may have a bacteria build up (although it doesn’t seem like you would, since they’re so new, but it’s still possible). 

Maybe you could try biodegradable diaper liners while he’s healing & see if that helps? Also, really strange, but I found using Pepto (or off brand) helped because it reduced the acid in his feces/urine. I didn’t have any problems with it ruin my CDs, so it’s worth a try 🙂

ETA: I applied Pepto to the butt, I didn’t give it to my son orally

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

It might be with how you’re washing them.  I can’t use any dyes/scent laundry detergent or she’d get a red hiney.  We do a cold wash with a little bit of detergent and then a hot wash with about half the recommended amount of detergent.  You might want to try an extra rinse at the end but for us we found the 2nd wash was the important step.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@miss-spunkin:  I haven’t started cloth diapering yet, but are you sure your detergent is recommended for cloth diapering?  I’ve been using this site to choose a detergent:

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm

A lot of the so-called natural and scent-free detergents aren’t recommended for cloth diapering b/c they have enzymes and/or brighteners.  From the reading that I’ve done brighteners can cause the diapers to not absorb as much as they normally would, and enzymes can eat away at your baby’s skin if they don’t get washed out thoroughly by your washing machine.  Also, apparently you wouldn’t notice any problems with enzymes from washing baby’s regular clothes b/c they only cause trouble when the cloth gets wet. 

For now we’re using Tide Free & Gentle for baby’s regular clothes, but I’m going to get some Country Save for our diapers. 

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