Chances are your baby will get a diaper rash at some point before their first birthday. It can present itself in a variety of appearances from bumpy and raised to red and puffy. Some babies who have more sensitive bottoms are more prone to frequent diaper rashes. Others could be like mine who is, as of yesterday, developing her first real-deal diaper rash at eight-and-a-half months old. Below are three types of cloth diaper rashes, tips on how to identify them, and ways to treat them.
A yeast rash almost always happens because of something the baby is eating. If the baby is breastfed, it could also be something in the mother’s diet acting as the culprit. Foods high in citrus, dairy, or gluten can disturb the balance of good bacteria in a baby’s intestines that keep the normal levels of yeast present on the skin under tabs. The less good bacteria that is present, the more yeast will grow and spread. Antibiotics given to the baby will also have the same effect.
One big sign that your baby has a yeast diaper rash is if it fails to respond to normal diaper rash cream. It will also look like acne with large and sometimes open pores.
The first way to try and treat your child’s yeast infection is by eliminating the foods listed above from both of your diets. If this doesn’t seem to help, try dabbing a bit of anti-fungal cream such as clotrimazole (found over-the-counter at your local pharmacy) on the rash. If it still won’t heal, consult your baby’s doctor.
Ammonia rash is due to either a build-up of urine in the diaper or detergent. It is more unique to parents who use cloth diapers, particularly those with no wicking features such as basic prefolds and covers.
You can tell if your baby has an ammonia rash if the redness is flat and puffy, ranging about an inch to two inches in diameter. Diapers will also reek heavily of urine, no matter if they’re straight out of the washer and dryer.
For this type of diaper rash, the simplest solution is to change your baby more frequently. Try every two hours instead of three and see if that makes a difference. You can also add a microfleece layer on top of your diaper to help absorb any excess moisture rather than depend on the insert or prefold alone.
Detergent buildup can be fixed by stripping your diapers. Though there is a variety of methods of doing this, I was told I can pour boiling water on my diapers till I see no more foam build-up.
Typically flat or sometimes with raised hive-looking bumps, friction rash is caused by chaffing from the diaper during movement. You’ll notice the rash tends to form in areas where the diaper meets the skin, such as the hips, thighs, and groin. It is the most common of all three types of diaper rashes and considered the easiest to treat.
You can treat friction rash with generous amounts of Desitin, more frequent changes, and adjusting the fit of the diaper. Loosen up the snaps or velcro to see if that makes a difference. Not only is it less tight against your baby’s skin, but it allows for more air to pass through. If this fails, consider your child is one of the 8 to 12 percent of people with an allergy to latex. There are latex-free diapers on the market such as Thirsties, Imse Vimse, Swaddlebees, Blueberries, Bummis, and Kissaluvs.
Judging by the top three most common diaper rashes for cloth diapered babies, I’m leaning toward friction and chaffing as being the culprit for my daughter’s rash. It’s small in diameter, made up of about 10 or so little hive-looking bumps, and located on her right thigh. Regular Desitin was not cutting it so I just bought a tube of maximum strength Desitin with a 40 percent zinc oxide content over the typical 13 percent. I haven’t tried it out yet, but have high hopes based off the outstanding reviews found online. She wears latex-free diapers already so that is not the cause. I’m hoping the rash clears up quickly, otherwise it will be a trip to the doctor for us!
If your cloth-bummed baby develops a diaper rash, review the three common causes, symptoms, and treatments listed above for the quickest fix. Hopefully after proper treatment, your baby will have rump “as soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom” once again!