Seriously though, the rash wouldn’t go away despite half a dozen trips to the pediatrician.. Creams, ointments, and a variety of other medications later, nothing worked! In fact, the rash looked worse, spreading beyond the diaper area to other areas of his little body. He was a little rashy blob with a cute baby face! The red rashy bum was born than enough – but now the rest of his body? *Insert exasperated sighs and toddler-esque foot stomps*
After a visit to a dermatologist we learned our little one was suffering from [childhood] eczema. Web MD defines eczema as “itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. It is most common in children.” Rather than become upset by the diagnosis I was relieved to know it wasn’t nothing I was or wasn’t doing, and more importantly it wasn’t a result of my precious fluff!
After consulting with the dermatologist, other mommies of babies with eczema, and lots of research, I learned several do’s and don’ts when it comes to cloth diapering a child with eczema (or sensitive skin).
- Change baby FREQUENTLY! While cloth diapered babies are generally changed a lot it’s easy to get caught up in other things and forget baby is due for a diaper change!
- Avoid products or foods that will trigger flare-ups.
- Use plenty of [cloth diaper friendly] diaper cream at night! To be on the safe side, it’s best to use fleece liners when using a lot of diaper cream.
- No wool. =( I’m very sad to say wool has been known to be an irritant for children who suffer from eczema. (Good thing I never bought any wool – but not for a lack of trying)
- Use soaps and detergents designed for those with sensitive skin. We tried using baby soaps and my little one’s back would be red and splotchy and his skin would start to peel. We switched to Dove and this resolved our soap problems.
If you suspect your baby is dealing with eczema consult with your doctor/pediatrician.
-- By Kristi S.