We have tried Grandma ELs rash cream, Earth Angel rash cream, and now are trying Weleda calendula rash cream. We use cloth wipes with plain water on them to wipe almost exculsively, but we also tried 7th Generation disposable wipes and HH diaper spray as well.
What would you recommend we do? We went to the pediatrician, but it was a day that the rash was not so bad. She looked at it and in her mouth and said it didn't look thrush/yeast related. The rash is right where her butt cheeks go together, spreading a little outwards onto the cheeks and is bright red and sometimes looks swollen and irritated, and seems very uncomfortable. It's not just around her anus, so I don't think its food allergy related, but I cut out dairy, wheat, soy, and citrus anyway from my diet, along with cruciferous veggies (because of her unrelated gas pain problem.)
I try to give her butt a little air time, but its really hard because she pees and poos multiple times when exposed to air. Maybe I do like 10 minutes a day...I know more would be better for the rash but its really hard right now when she goes to the bathroom so frequently.
This is our first baby so our first time dealing with CDs and rashes. We would love some advice. I feel terrible that 3/4 of her little life has been spent with a diaper rash.
Have you tried coconut oil? We find that helps a lot! And it's completely natural (we get organic unrefined coconut oil)!!!
I hope it does remedy soon for you, it isn't fun to deal with a rash because you do feel so bad for their poor little bums!
My son had big time issues with fleece or any synthetic.
The coconut oil is a good suggestion. I didn't think of that. I use it for eating and my skin, but didn't think of it for baby. Do you think it would work better than the natural diaper rash creams I am using? Would it be safe for my diapers--Since I know that I have gotten it on my own clothes and it is hard to get off, leaves an oily residue/smell.
As far as the natural vs synthetic fiber suggestion, I have seen this suggested on other posts in this forum. I don't doubt that for some babies this is the key. But I don't know if it is for us. The reason is, is that the worst the rash has been has been with natural fibers. The cotton prefolds and the hemp doublers seem to make the rash a little worse than the fleece inserts or the pocket diapers. The owner of the local cloth diaper store told us to do the opposite advice...She was the one that recommended we get away from the natural fibers and get the fleece inserts and use the pockets more than the prefolds, she said the synthetics keep the baby drier, and so should reduce the irritation. I am open to trying anything, but I also don't have the $$$ to replace all my synthetic diapers at this point, unless I was sure it would be the answer.
RE: Food allergies causing it...How long would I have to take things out from my diet to see if they were causing any problems? For most of the things I am no longer eating it has been 2-3 weeks now without eating them.
I really appreciate all the replies so far. Thank you all who responded and plan to respond in the future!
We are using fleece liners with the diapers still, so I really hope this all will not leak through and ruin the pocket diapers. We are washing the liners and wipes seperately. We even are now using 7th generation sposies at night (for ease sake) temporarily.
One more question: For wipes, we use cloth wipes with plain tap water. Do you think we should be using something else with them? A squirt of Dr Bronners soap? A drop of oil?
I know how frustrating the rash is. For my ds, turned out to be soy, and he has a variety of other allergies - hopefully that's not it for you! Good luck. I hope it clears up!
Anwyay, I wanted to add that I definitley think it will help you to add something to your wipes solution. I have used cloth wipes for while now, and what I found works the best is Carter's All Natural Olive Oil Foaming Face and Body cleanser (ingredients are saponified olive oil and potassium-- I add a few pumps to the water for a big batch of wipes) and I also add a litte joboba oil. I think if you just start with the joboba oil that will help a lot. It will get the area much cleaner, plus help the skin layers to maintain their natural barrier. I would stay away from any wipes solution with essential oils in them such as lavender, tea tree etc since these can be very irritating. But definitley the plain water leaves behind traces of poop and pee and the oil will take care of this.
I know this thread is 2 years old, but I'm resurrecting it because it is EXACTLY the same thing I am going through right now. I also have a 4 week old and have been battling recurrent diaper rash since she was a week old when we began using cloth diapers. I am using the same diapers as the OP (first prefolds and fitteds with Thirsties covers, now HH and BG pockets) and even the same detergent (liquid Planet). I have tried everything from fleece and hemp liners to wool covers at night, and 4 different kinds of diaper cream, but it never fully goes away. Even putting her in sposies for a few days with Triple Paste hasn't cleared it up.
I private messaged the OP, but I'm replying to the thread in case anyone else has experience with this. My DD poops A LOT, about 20 times a day. I am going through a full load of diaper laundry every 1 to 2 days. I often go through 3 diapers in one diaper change! Could it just be a combination of her being a super-pooper plus having sensitive skin? Should I contact her pediatrician? Change detergents? Change my diet?
Her pooping this much is exactly why she has a constant rash. Can you are her bottom out and make sure that her skin is really dry before you put a diaper back on her? I love the CJ's BUTTer for rash cream, works great.
I have also recommended to customers of mine that have super poopers to use the GroVia biosoakers to keep them very dry if they didn't want to use disposables.
Thanks for the reply. That's kind of what I figured. Hopefully as her digestive system matures we can make it longer than 20 minutes without her needing a diaper change. Until then I guess I'll keep up with the frequent changes, butt cream, and airing out her bottom.
I am so in the same boat as you gals. I have had four kiddos in cloth diapers over the last almost 7 years and all of them have had this same problem. With my first ds he was a super pooper and there was nothing I could do to get rid of his rashes. We eventually went to disposables- but flipped back and forth still trying- always failing. With my second ds I did ec successfully for 10 months and then went to cloth and disposables- due to lack of water- whole house relied on rain water. Then, my third dd I mostly did cloth, but not very successfully for the same above reasons. And with my fourth I switched to bamboo fitteds and loved them for the first year- however, my dd hardly ever pooped that first year. After weaning she made up for time lost and, there we are, back to square one with diaper rashes again.
I use soap nuts with all my clothes and strip my diapers regularly- now that we have endless water- and really hot water at that. So, I don't know if I am just have super pooper kids that just need a different diaper or if my diapers truly get worn out that quickly. I am doing disposables at the moment, but I am thinking of stripping, stripping, stripping, and trying again, then maybe just investing in a different diaper. However, I can tell you already, I know my diapers are somewhat worn out due to the fact that there are holes in many of them. We'll see.
Yeah, I haven't seen much improvement here two weeks later. Right now we are trying GroVia biosoakers with Desitin and fleece pockets with CJ's BUTTer. The rash is still there, it gets better sometimes but never completely goes away. I admittedly haven't been airing her tush because we've been on the go a lot lately.
It doesn't help that she never cries when she needs a change. She could be sitting in a poopy diaper for as long as I let her, so I constantly have to check. But at night we've been co-sleeping lately and while I wake up just enough to roll over and nurse her, I have to force myself to physically get up and change her, which doesn't always happen.
pdiannet, did the rash ever go away with disposables for you? My husband has already gently hinted maybe we should give up cloth temporarily (he knows how stubborn I am) but at this point I'll try anything to save my daughter's poor bum.
Yes, it always goes away immediately when I switch to disposables. I did do the stripping for my cloth diapers and will be following up on how they work now. I think I will continue to use disposables at night- considering I think that is where the problem starts- usually a poop diaper worn all night- then it continues as it doesn't have a break all day. So, I think we will do a combination of both disposables and cloth considering this perpetual problem.
Oh, also, I wanted to mention- if I put the baby in a bath upon waking up or at first sign of a rash- it almost goes away instantly too- atleast shortens its duration by leaps.
I just wanted to follow up on this thread for posterity, in case anyone goes searching like I did. My LO is now almost 3 months old and finally, finally rash-free. Yay! For all of my meddling, I honestly think it just went away on its own now that she stopped pooping so dang much!
Now she has about 2 or 3 big poopy diapers a day and as long as I change her pretty quickly she doesn't get rashy. Luckily, she poops more or less the same times every day so I know when one is coming.
So for anyone suffering from the 24-hour-poop and rash cycle, hang in there! We saw major improvement around 10 weeks!
I have also noticed (since he has been without diapers and I'm observing his poops more) that between bigger poops it's very watery?? That ok??
Lastly my right nipple is very soar when he first latches then it's fine. My midwife thinks yeast could be a possibility and what's affecting his bum. But I also have ranoids so could be that too. Thoughts???
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