Posted by KarenC on January 07, 2004 at 12:31:53:
In Reply to: diaper rash and wipes posted by Zan's Mama on January 07, 2004 at 12:09:09:
Be very careful using Desitin with cloth diapers. It contains cod oil and this doesn't wash out very easily and can lead to fishy odors and stains. It's very difficult to wash out.
Also be careful with both Dreft and Oxyclean with cloth diapers. Dreft is known to be a problematic detergent for cloth diapers (does work for some people with no problems but many do report odor and absorbancy issues with it). Oxyclean is also not recomended for cloth diapers as it is harsh on fabrics. It's not nearly as bad as chlorine bleach but still not a good idea because it could shorten the life of your diapers. Any kind of detergent could cause irratation and diaper rash, especially if it's not rinsed properly....
For the rash I would recomend frequent changes (every 1.5-2 hours for a newborn), the goal is basically to change after every urination or as much as possible. Make sure you're rinsing your diapers really well (there shouldn't be hardly any suds in the final rinse) and not using too much detergent. A build-up could be a cause for diaper rash and can also lead to odor problems. Most people find they only need about 1/2 the recomended amount. You might want to go easy with the rash cream if you're using a lot right now... You still want the skin to breathe a little so you don't necessarily need to use it at every change. Plus I wouldn't be surprised if not washing it off completly could be a contributor to the rash.
For nighttime (or anytime the baby will be in a wet diaper for a prolonged time) you can use fleece liners to help keep him dry. Fleece doesn't absorb and wicks urine right through to the diaper so it dries almost instantly and keeps baby dry. You can make your own by buying some cheap fleece at the store and cutting it to the size you need. No need to sew because fleece doesn't unravel. You can also buy commercially made stay-dry liners if you prefer. Most people use the liners only at night or long naps but if your baby has really sensitive skin he could perhaps benefit from one in every diaper.