I know several of you with the knowledge and experience I'm seeking are in QC and Q&P, but I also think there are probably lots of more of you who don't necessarily keep up with those threads.
Here's what's going on:
We have a (fairly) new 9.5 month old foster son. He and his sister have been living with us for almost seven weeks now. The baby, for the most part, has had very mild diaper rash that comes and goes, depending on how much time he spends with us versus how much time he spends sitting in his carseat in a wet diaper on his way to and from visits. Bio-mom lives 1 hour away from us and he visits her twice a week. Meaning he sits in the carseat 4 hours a week, not counting the short around-town trips we make regularly. He always comes home from visits in a wet diaper.
That all having been said, the past few days his diaper rash has taken a jump into moderate to severe. The creases of his inner thighs alongside his testes are beet red and raw and painful to the touch, the skin where his penis joins his testes and the skin where his testes meets his perineum are also red, raw and painful. The perineum is so irritated and inflamed that when he cries during cleaning, he jerks his knees up into his chest and stretches the skin to the point where it bled today.
We do our absolute best to keep him dry and clean, but there is only so much control we have over diapering him. His bio-mom has told us that she did cloth-diapering on him due to rashes in the past.
Right now, we are using the disposables because he has to attend daycare and they won't accommodate cloth diapers.
So here are my questions, please feel free to lay out any advice or suggestions you might have!
1. Would it at least help alleviate some of the rash if we cloth diapered in the evenings and weekends while he's with us?
2. If so, what kind of cloth diapers should we get?
3. What can we do *right now* to help the rash?
We've discussed cloth diapering, but have never done it yet, therefore have no experience with different types of diapers or what we would like/dislike. We are more than willing to do this for him, just don't know the right way to start out. Please help!