Diaper rash with CDs

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Diaper rash with CDs
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Sun, 06-06-2010 - 7:37pm

Hello everyone,

I posted these same questions on the diapering board. I would really appreciate your insight:).

We are using a cloth diapering service for the first 10 weeks. But we ran out of CDs before the next delivery, so he was in disposables between about day 6 to 9. On day 8, our midwife noticed a little diaper rash during his check up. It's on both sides of his little bum cheeks.

With the cloth diaper service, we we're not allowed to use zinc-based cream. So, I used the Angel Baby Bottom Balm until yesterday but it didn't help - the rash was getting worse. So, as of this morning we are using Penaten and have him in disposables. I hope that it will clear up quickly with that.

I really don't want to give up on CD's I'd appreciate advice on any of these questions...

-Is there anything we could do to clear the rash up faster?

-What can we do to prevent rashes when using cloth diapers? We have been using just cloth wipes with water. Should I use the "bottom cleaner" that I bought? Wipe after pees as well as poos? Corn starch to keep him drier?

-Our midwife suggested giving him diaper-free time. Any suggestions on how and when to do this?

I would really appreciate any advice! Thank you:).


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Registered: 09-03-2004
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 11:03pm

Cassie - Someone who has more experience might be able to give you more advice. I use disposable wipes and I wipe him dry during each change. Is it possible that he's getting a yeast infection from being damp?

I love Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention http://grandmaels.com/grandma-el-39-s-product-line/2-oz-grandma-els-diaper-rash-remedy-and-prevention-easy-dispense-tube/prod_1.html. It's safe for cloth diapers.

Here is a list of other ointments, what is good with cloth diapers and what is not http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/diaperrashcreams.htm.

For diaper free time, we just lay a thick towel down, and do belly time with Amos Jr. He loves it!

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 11:42pm

Cassie June, Simon had some issues with diaper rash a couple of times. Simon is also sensative to lanolin so lots of the rash creams that are suppose to be CD safe such as Cali baby and grandma eli's we can't use. What we have found so far that works the best is called Method Baby. Target is suppose to carry it but I have yet to find a target that has it in store and they do not have it on their website. I got it from diapers.com.

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Fri, 06-11-2010 - 6:57pm

Thank you both for the tips!

I'm not sure what finally helped, but his bum is finally doing better.

We ended up calling our midwife the other night because he was so red. She suggested we try a little Canesten cream in case it was a yeast infection. We also used Penaten and corn starch with disposable diapers and gave him as much diaper-free time as we could every day.

I hope that we can get him back on cloth diapers soon. I'll definitely try some of the creams that you suggested. Thanks again!


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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 9:14am
Cassie - I think you've gotten some good advice already. What's also worth remembering: babies come from a sterile environment, and their skin is super sensitive to start with. It's best to very gradually expose them to everything. Remember that all lotions and creams and washes are full of stuff and in many cases harsh chemicals. Even "sensitive" wipes aren't free from chemicals.
What worked well for Teddy and me was this: the first few months I only washed him with cotton wool and water. After every pee and every poo. I didn't use baby bath or anything in his water. When he did get rash, I'd use the mildest cream there is (one that wouldn't be harmful even if you ate it) and do plenty of naked bum time :-)
I just spread a large towel out on the floor and have him all naked on this; it had the double benefit of airing his bottom as well as giving him tummy time. HTH!

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