Why does the rash disappear when some people switch to disposables – I don’t know, but I do think it’s a band-aid solution.
As someone who basically struggled with rashes for 2 years with my firstborn, I feel I have a fair amount of authority on the subject.
Is a constant rash a reason to quit cloth – no. Are some children just prone to rashes – yes.
Is there a solution – yes, but it might be a process of trial and error to get there.
Why does the rash disappear when some people switch to disposables – I don’t know, but I do think it’s a band-aid solution. A plastic nappy full of chemicals (some carcinogenic) is NOT better for your child than a cloth nappy, it just isn’t.
First and foremost I think it needs to be determined whether it is thrush or not – mine never was. After that, you can decide whether you want to change to disposables or strip your stash and iron flats until the rash has healed. I never used disposables when I was dealing with rashes – for the better part of 2 years.
Second, if it is thrush you need to be aware of hygiene while you are treating the rash – wash your hands before, during, and after the nappy change. Before for basic hygienic reasons. During so that your hands are clean after you have cleaned the area and before applying ointment etc. and after because you have just applied ointment to the affected/infected area, so it’s basic hygiene to wash your hands. Thus to avoid cross-contamination, wash, wash and wash.
Third, don’t use disposable wipes, it strips the skin of its natural oils and interrupts your natural skin biome – it has also been linked to allergies in children, I’ll post a link if I can find it. If you use cloth wipes, chuck them in a separate bucket with some Jik or vinegar afterward to kill any nasties.
Forth, and this is the most important part and something you’ll continue once the rash has healed/subsided. Use a Skin Probiotic at EVERY nappy change. A skin probiotic was THE turning point for us. If you’re applying an ointment to the rash you will spray the probiotic spray on once you’ve cleaned the area and washed your hands. Spray it on, dab it dry, apply ointment. If it is thrush I’d wash my hands in between dabbing the area and applying the ointment, especially if you are touching the tube or ointment or putting your fingers in a jar – think cross-contamination.
Creche guard has a skin probiotic, although I have not used it so I cannot comment on its efficacy.
Dischem sells a range called Bettamed, one of their products is a spray used for wound healing – I used it on my second child for a bit when he was a newborn and had a bit of a rash and it worked well but unfortunately not with my rashy firstborn. I’d welcome some feedback on it tbh.
You can DIY a probiotic skin spray with raw Apple Cider Vinegar. It must be raw containing the ‘mother’.
Recipe: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Spray
2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (contains probiotics)
¼ cup of water.
2 drops of lavender essential oil.
ACV WILL NOT BURN THE SKIN IF DILUTED.
I am sharing this because it makes me so sad to see people give up on cloth because of something completely treatable and because disposables are just not the answer in my humble opinion.
Hope this helps someone!!
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Amanda is the creator and also content developer for Roodt Made by Nature. She is in no other way a medical professional. Her remarks, recommendations, and reflections are not to replace any kind of medical advice.