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Treating Diaper Rash Without Commercial Ointments or Rash Creams

While babies using cloth diapers generally will experience fewer and milder diaper rashes (if they get a rash at all), they can occur on occasion due to allergies, illness, teething, sensitivities, and for many other reasons not necessarily related to your cloth diapers. Do not use any commercial diaper rash ointments with cloth diapers as this will void any warranties and cause them to repel.

We recommend changing the diaper often and allowing the baby to air dry as much as possible. You can also use cornstarch based baby powder on baby’s bottom to aid in healing. If you need a “paste,” mix the powder with a little bit of water and rub onto the rash to give it more staying power. *Note: do not use cornstarch with a yeast rash*.
coconut oil is also great and safe to use with your cloth diapers as is lanolin if you prefer a nice thick moisture barrier (you know, that stuff you put on your nipples when you’re breastfeeding).  Our personal favorite for helping to heal rashes is Therapeutic Blend Yum Bum Butter by Delish Naturals.  It’s all natural and infused with therapeutic grade essential oils to soothe and speed healing. 

Sometimes though a commercial or prescription ointment or rash cream is necessary and in these cases a liner such as Bummis Bio Soft Liners should be used between baby and the diaper to protect the diaper from the cream.

*Note: if your baby’s rash is persistent, severe, blistered or does not show improvement in a day or two.  Please see your doctor.

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Can I Use Diaper Rash Ointments or Creams With My Cloth Diapers?

Diaper rash ointments and creams can cause diapers to repel and not function properly, especially creams that are zinc oxide based (you know, that white sticky stuff).

If your baby requires the use of these kind of products, you should use them sparingly and pair it with the use a liner such as Bummis Bio Soft Liners between baby and the diaper to make sure none of the cream touches the diaper.

If you mistakenly get diaper rash ointment on your diaper and experience repelling as a result, wash your diapers normally with the hottest water you can get and then apply some dishwashing liquid, like Original Blue Dawn, to the affected area in the sink. Scrub the affected area with a toothbrush or other soft bristle brush. Rinse the diaper out thoroughly to get rid of most of the suds and then wash it again normally with your regular diaper laundry.  While this is a suggested method, it may not always work (depends on the ingredients that were in the cream). Diapers affected by diaper rash ointments are not covered by warranties. (Note: never put Dawn or any other dishwashing liquid in your washing machine).

The good news is that many cloth diapered babies experience little or no diaper rash 🙂

Some excellent cloth diaper safe ointments are available when needed to help soothe and heal rashes.  Therapeutic Blend Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter is our personal favorite.  What makes them cloth diaper safe is their low melting point (ie. they easily rinse out completely during a hot wash cycle).

You can also try pure lanolin (the stuff you use for sore nipples while breastfeeding), coconut oil or cornstarch based baby powder if the skin on baby’s diaper area needs some temporary healing assistance.

Creams and powders do not need to be used at every change once the rash has cleared. **Do not use cornstarch if baby has a yeast rash**

Also, if you are using disposable wipes and you find baby has a persistent rash, they may be sensitive to the chemicals and preservatives and switching to cloth wipes will solve the problem.  For info on using cloth wipes look here.