FAQ: Doesnít Using Cloth Diapers Lead to Rashes?

Posted by Becca on 11/11/2011 to Baby Wearing

The answer to that is a resounding no.

Diaper rash happens when a baby sits in their own urine or feces for too long. A baby is not meant to stay in a diaper until it explodes. A diaper should be changed every time it is soiled. When that doesnít happen, rashes inevitably occur.

In disposable diapers, rash happens because a baby is not changed soon enough or because of the chemicals that react with a poor babyís skin. Some babyís just have sensitive skin and are allergic to the chemicals in disposable diapers so their pediatricians prescribe cloth diapers as a remedy. But a lot of babies get rashes in disposable diapers because the absorbent chemicals not only wick unwanted urine away from their skin, but the babyís natural moisture as well.

With disposables, you really have to use rash cream every time to create a barrier between your babyís skin and the diaper. With reusable diapers, no barrier is needed. In the first place, cloth diapers are less prone to causing rashes because they donít rob a baby of the moisture that they need. But the main reason that cloth diapered babies get less diaper rash is because the diaper feels wet when itís been soiled so it gets changed more often.

The rumor that cloth diapers produce rashes is a fallacy and absolutely untrue. My daughter gets diaper rash for sure, but itís only occasionally and generally caused by my failure to catch a poopy diaper in time, or by sheer laziness. When she does get rash, Iíve found that it makes it worse to put her in a disposable and lather her with rash cream because her skin reacts to the chemicals in the diaper.

The best thing for her is to go coverless, to use natural fibers such as cotton and wool, or to use a small bit of rash cream with her cloth diapers and put a diaper liner or a baby wipe between her bottom and the diaper to prevent buildup on the diaper. If diaper rash is the only thing preventing you from using cloth on your baby, you neednít worry about it any more. Itís just a rumor. Youíre actually doing your babyís skin a favor by switching to cloth!

Meet Rebecca!

Becca G is a guest blogger for the Cloth Diaper Blog. Becca is a part time Spanish Teacher, a part time Stay-at-home-mom, and the wife of the best husband imaginable. Beccaís absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with her little family. She also enjoys doing anything crafty Ė from making jewelry, to writing, to sewing, to photography.

Looking for adorable handmade wool soakers and more? Visit Beccaís Etsy shop: clothdiapermommy .

Comments

Date 3/9/2012 12:15:53 PM
Lauren
When I first started using cloth, I thought that my baby would get rashes more easily than in disposables. That is probably one of the biggest misconceptions. In fact, my baby only gets rashes when I put a disposable on him! I noticed that when I traveled one time. I used disposables to keep my bags light, and he got a nasty rash. I changed him often, but his skin is very sensitive,and cloth diapers haven't given him a single rash! I use pocket cloth diapers, and I wouldn't change a thing! I wis
Date 7/30/2012 11:02:49 AM
Melissa
I do have to say, I have noticed my kids get red skin and seems to have wetter skin in cloth compared to a good brand disposable. They also have to be changed a lot more often in cloth as well. I never use a barrier cream in disposable diapers either. My kids have never get rashes or redness until i started using cloth. However just like cheap vs good brand disposables, I have learned you also need the good brand cloth too. Which did improve on the babies skin not being totally soaked in their o
Date 7/30/2012 11:03:14 AM
Melissa
I do have to say, I have noticed my kids get red skin and seems to have wetter skin in cloth compared to a good brand disposable. They also have to be changed a lot more often in cloth as well. I never use a barrier cream in disposable diapers either. My kids have never get rashes or redness until i started using cloth. However just like cheap vs good brand disposables, I have learned you also need the good brand cloth too. Which did improve on the babies skin not being totally soaked in their o
Date 8/23/2013
Liz
Ugh my baby always gets a rash when we have to use sposies and I am a very attentive diaper changer.
Date 1/8/2015
courtney jewer
I have made some little reusable liners from the packs of pre-cut fabric found at Walmart, its a great way to protect the diapers when lo needs to have any cream on. the bundles of cloth are cheap, and so far have been effective!

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