Thursday, April 7, 2011
Dealin' With Diaper Rash
First off, my experience with diaper rash has been extensive. My middle child, and now youngest also, are wheat-gluten intolerant (still going through inconclusive tests for Celiac disease). There are diaper rashes, and then there are allergy diaper rashes. You’re dealing with a whole other monster. The rashes with our oldest lasted almost an entire year while we tried to find the culprit.
Whenever either of my children ingest a wheat or gluten product, there is massive diarrhea within 24 hours, and a large open blistering rash follows, usually with the first awful diaper. Most people can’t believe we choose to cloth diaper through diarrhea…but honestly it helps SO much.
We don’t have the “up the back” blowouts with our diapers, especially our bumGenius 3.0s. It all stays contained nicely. Using our own cloth wipes and homemade wipe solution saves money as we go through many in a short amount of time. Our house also doesn’t stink (take your average stinky diaper and multiply it by 10 for an allergy diaper) because we use our diaper sprayer to put the entire stinky mess down the toilet, not into the trash.
Another thing we love about using cloth diapers is when the rash is so bad it starts to bleed (about day 2) we put on a flat or a pre-fold with a snappi and no cover. They breathe nicely while still protecting our furniture/carpet. As soon as they are wet/dirty we can tell and change them. Nothing sits on their skin more than a few seconds. This also helps dry the rash out so it can heal faster.
A lukewarm bath with lots of baking soda in the bottom of the tub/sink helps heal them up. We use Grandma El’s diaper cream after to help protect the rash area. It smells nice and does a decent job protecting them.
Although we hate to do it, and it is hard to admit, there are times when we have to use disposables. I know, I know. Their rashes have gotten bad enough though that we have to put prescription cream on them because of infection. Our diapers are an investment and I do not recommend using any diaper cream on your cloth that isn’t CD friendly. Even with Grandma El’s we use a disposable liner to help protect the build-up on our diapers. Along with that, we do what is medically necessary for them-bleeding blistered bottoms are nothing to mess with.
Thankfully our two year old is now potty trained and has learned to not eat every little thing he can get his hands on! But now we’re starting the journey all over again with our 11 month old. We’re just so glad we have cloth diapers and CD accessories to help us get through!
Jenney is a home daycare provider and mommy of three. She has been cloth diapering since October, 2008. www.thedraystoday.blogspot.com