Diaper Rash Options – My Experience

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Despite all the wonderful benefits cloth diapers provide for a baby’s skin, sometimes rashes do occur. Yes, the ugly truth is that rashes can happen even with cloth diapers. There are many factors besides the type of diaper that can cause diaper rash. In our case, a combination of very sensitive skin and food allergies is the most common cause of Jocelyn’s rashes.

I am sad to report that today Jocelyn is sporting a pretty nasty diaper rash. Thus, I have spent nearly the entire day trying to soothe her sore bottom. It is funny how something as simple as a little rash can totally unhinge a day’s plans. I had planned to have a nice relaxing day getting lots of housework done. Instead, I have spent the day pampering Jocelyn’s little bottom.

Cloth Diaper Approved?

The first thing that is very important to know when treating diaper rash is that rashes can be symptomatic of a deeper problem and a pediatrician should often be consulted. The second important thing to remember is that diaper cream purchased in the average store cannot be used with cloth diapers because these creams can build up on the diaper and cause repelling which will lead to cloth diaper leaks. Using these standard creams will even invalidate the warranty of many brands.


So, all of that said, what do I do for diaper rash? The first and best treatment for diaper rash is leaving the baby’s bottom open to air. This is a trick that I learned while Jocelyn was in the newborn ICU after her birth. The simplest way to do this is to put the baby on their tummy and put a spare diaper under their bottom. Because it is easiest, I usually use a disposable diaper for this purpose. Second, a baby powder with cornstarch and zinc oxide (I use the Caldesene Baby brand – get it here on Amazon) can be sprinkled in the cloth diaper to keep moisture off the baby’s skin. While this has been effective for me, nothing beats Grandma Jo’s Witch Hazel Spray (see my post Witch Hazel Diaper Rash Spray ~ When It Hurts Too Much To Touch)

Last Resort!

I am forced to resort to using disposables with a prescription diaper cream if none of this works. However, this is truly a last resort for me because the rash always seems to get much worse before it gets better with this option.

In the future, I am going to consider buying disposable liners to place inside my cloth diapers so that I can use diaper cream and not have to use disposables. Also, Thirsties has a diaper cream which is safe for their diapers called “Booty Love.” (can be purchased on Amazon)  However, before I do either of these things I need to check the warranties on my diapers.

Do you get diaper rash even while using cloth? If so, what do you do to treat it?


UPDATE: I purchased the disposable liners, so be sure to check out my review: Bummis Bio-Soft Disposable Diaper Liners!

See Also:

Answers To Your Diaper Rash Questions [SOLVED]

Do Cloth Diapers Leak? Yes! Here’s How To Stop The Leaks

Best Baby Lotion Newborns With Sensitive Skin


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  1. Rod Heidenreich May 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

    1 of our 8 and a half month old twin firls has developed a horse shoe looking rash around her “vagigi”. it looked like it was getting better after 3 days, but today, not so much. we’ve been using triple butt paste but it’s not having the same effect as it used to.
    The only fruit they have been getting is Earths best in the tube.
    looks like it could be a straight up diaper rash. It’s the perfect horse shoe that outlines her privates that has us concerned.
    does anyone have any suggestions?
    thank you

  2. Mrs. Shania Bosco May 3, 2018 at 10:12 am

    We love thirsties booty love! This is a great resource for rash identification ?

  3. Deion Okuneva May 3, 2018 at 3:31 am

    There are also some homemade diaper rash creams that you can use to treat certain types of diaper rash that are also cloth diaper safe.

  4. Rosendo Hermann May 1, 2018 at 2:29 am

    I learned to not use wipes when there is a diaper rash, scented or unscented, still burns them. Instead, use wet coffee filters. Work just as good, nice and gentle, and still disposable. Then drench the are in desitin, leaving the diaper loose.

  5. Jacquelyn Lubowitz March 20, 2018 at 11:12 am

    My LO has had some redness for the last few days. I’ve been using a cloth diaper safe cream, but no luck yet getting it to go away. I am going to try using a larger sized diaper cover for the next few days.

  6. My daughter had a really bad diaper rash and yeast infection I could not get rid off. She was prescribed Lotrimin which did nothing. I tried my own liniment and it worked like magic. I also learned about wipes toxicity in the meantime… so this natural preparation is my way to go now.

  7. Bonnie Wilkinson Sr. February 3, 2018 at 11:31 am

    We have been struggling with irritant dermatitis, especially noticeable wear the duo wrap cover elastic touches her legs. We are hoping this is more fit related than an allergy to the material!

  8. Miss Kristin Ernser MD February 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

    My son has a rash and I am so scared because it is associated with very high fever. I hope its not roseola infantum

  9. Dr. Keara VonRueden Jr. January 16, 2018 at 5:28 am

    All of my dear sisters dont worry about diaper rash just have coconut oil on hand.. it works as diaper rash protecter and rash healer… my son got diaper rash and coconut oil cleared it all in just one day.. now i use it regularly on every diaper change… simple, natural and easiest of all.. try it

  10. I had the same diaper rash issue with my 3 month old twin girls..then my friend suggested desitin diaper rash cream and it has worked wonders for my gals..it cured the problem and they havent got any rashes ever since..pls apply it with every diaper change.they r 5 months now and have never got a rash ever since i started applying desitin cream.its a boon for all mothers.

  11. My lo had a yeast diaper rash and multiple times a day when i changed her diaper, I lightly wiped it with 1:3 ACV and water let it air dry, then poured some breastmilk on her rash front and back, rubbed it in. Lastly, I rubbed a generous amount of unrefined coconut oil on it. I tried my best not to use wipes, but that was a little difficult when out. But it cleared up within a week.

  12. Mrs. Abigail Wehner DVM August 1, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I love cloth wipes. Always have. Even though we are a disposable diaper kind of family right now, we are trying to go the cloth route. It hasn’t been easy convincing my husband but I started with cloth wipes! And I noticed my daughter’s hiney is a lot cleaner and softer.

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