Diaper Tips Tuesday: Diaper Rash

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So this topic has been on my mind a lot, because my little DD is just clearing up from a terrible diaper rash. I know that many mamas are currently struggling through this and others have “been there done that” so let’s share our tips! This may include, but is not limited to prevention, cloth diapering with a rash, cloth diapering while using creams/ointments and ointments effective for different rashes. I must add the disclaimer, however, that if your little on is having a rash longer than 3 days it is best to go to the doctor, but hopefully all of our tips can help for less severe rashes or provide good resources!


My daughter had a yeast-related rash which is characterized by raised rash areas and some white coloring along with the redness. Yeast is naturally in all of our bodies, although we all have different levels, and yeast can be flared up in the form of a rash in many different ways. In our case my DD had diarrhea for about a week associated with her teething and this dark, warm, moist environment was a breeding ground for yeast.


My rash tips:
*Change diapers frequently (every 2-3 hours) and more frequently when they have a rash to keep their bottoms dry.
*Use preventative methods like diaper ointments, but make sure you are using liners to help reduce buildup in your diapers.
*Although you should be prescribed treatment by a doctor, we were Rx Monistat (yes, for mama yeast) to apply topically to the rash and Cortizone. Both of these are over the counter cremes that can be purchased at any supermarket or pharmacy.
*Give plenty of diaper-less times throughout the day to keep their bottoms dry and this is probably one of the most helpful techniques once they already have a diaper rash. And hey, it can be an effective time to try some EC!
*Make sure you try and eliminate the possibility of allergies to certain foods or diaper fabrics before prescribing a Tx of your own!

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. We use Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment only for our diaper rashes and it works wonderfully. http://tinyurl.com/yf3qgoj

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  2. I use prefolds and pockets on the babe. Every couple days or so her cheeks get a little red and I use Aquaphor or something else called Aloe Vesta that my NICU-nurse mom brings me from the hospital. Both with a liner though.

  3. BERNOTSKI FAMILY says:

    A nurse cousin of mine has a diaper rash "recipe" that included crushed up antacid tablets. Supposedly this cuts the acidity of the #1s and #2s and helps keep the skin healthy. I've actually never tried this however. I've also heard of flour that has been scorched in a pan, cooled, and then sprinkled in the diaper area. My kids have had multiple diaper rashes so I'm interested in this topic. It seems the best thing that has worked for me is air and avoiding baby wipes.

  4. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Rebecca Kenwick says:

    I have had great luck with using tea tree oil for yeast rashes. I use to use an over the counter anti fungal that worked great but I hated using that on my baby's skin. Then I got a home made salve (Sweet Cheeks) which contains, tea tree, lavender, beeswax, and olive oil. It works great if I catch it early. If it's bad I use a drop or two of tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil and spread on their bottom, I use the flushable liners to protect my diapers and by the next change it's gone!!!! Be careful to dilute it with a carrier oil or it could burn your baby's skin. I am so happy to not have to use the OTC stuff any more!!!

  6. Polly Tribe says:

    Try using Dr Hess Udder Ointment found at http://www.udderointment.com. It works fantastic on dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, cracked heels, chafing and more…It's seriously awesome. I have used it for years on my own kids and myself. They will even send you a FREE SAMPLE! Register on their website and they will send you a coupon code for 20%off your order.
    http://www.udderointment.com

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