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The ultimate guide to baby diaper rash in cloth diapers

March 23, 2018 1 Comment

While diaper rash in cloth diapers is not as common as it is in disposable diapers, it does happen. Below are pictures and descriptions of the 5 most common diaper rashes babies get while wearing cloth diapers and what you can do to cure them. I also include mom-proven tips on how to get rid of the rash quickly and safely.



Appearance: flat and blotchy

Location:  all over the bum

Cause: exposure harsh chemicals like bleach, soap or detergent or exposure to synthetic fabrics like polyester or fleece.



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Appearance: red, itchy, scaly and cracked

Location:  folds of the skin, elbows, cheeks, back of the knee and bum

Cause: unknown but often triggered by heat, dairy, soy and gluten



Appearance: flat and blotchy, possible blisters

Location:  bum

Cause: prolonged exposure to urine, usually overnight

Solutions: (any or all of these would help)

  • change diapers more often (preferably every 1 - 2 hours)
  • increase water intake to lower the pH in the urine
  • Apply a cloth-diaper safe diaper cream at every diaper change
  • Add a fleece liner to wick urine away from the skin
  • Rinse diapers for 30 seconds under fresh water before placing in diaper pail 


Appearance: red "burn" ring around the rectum

Location:  rectum and/or bum

Cause: consumption of acidic food like citrus fruits, tomato-based foods and dairy


    1. Remove acidic foods from baby's diet (or mom's diet if breastfeeding)
    2. Give baby a daily dose of an infant probiotic
    3. Apply a cloth-diaper safe diaper cream at every diaper change

      5. YEAST RASH 

      Appearance: acne-like pimples

      Location:  entire bum

      Cause: over-consumption of antibiotics or citrus fruits

      Solution: (note: treating yeast is a 3-step process)

        1. Apply a yeast-rash diaper cream, anti-fungal cream like Lotrimin, or a 50-50 diluted mix of Bragg's apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water at every diaper change for up to 7 days
        2. Balance the bacteria in the stomach by giving baby a daily does of an infant probiotic
        3. Add 1 cup of bleach to every cloth diaper load up to 5 days after the rash has disappeared
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          1 Response

          jerin jahan
          jerin jahan

          August 27, 2018

          Irritant diaper dermatitis is a generic term applied to skin rashes in the diaper area that are … Breast-fed babies, for example, have a lower incidence of
          diaper rash, possibly because their stools have higher pH and lower enzymatic activity.

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