View Full Version : Cloth Nappy and Nappy rash- advice needed.
Ok I am using terry flats on my twinnies and they both have nappy rash. They have had it since they were in the hospital and were in disposables.
We have noticed that it is getting worse now. We are nw applying bepathen ointment at every change.
My parents said to wake them between feeds (every 3-4 hours to change the nappy) now my problem is that if I wake them they won't go back to sleep without a feed meaning they are feeding every 2 hours!!!
We put disposables on them last night for the night time but I would really like to keep them fully in cloth.
What can I do?
Do you think they are having a nappy rash because of the wetness?
Terry flats tend to hold on to the wetness so you need a liner of some sort. You could buy some microfleece and cut them up (no need to hem) and put this against baby's skin (in between the bum and the terry flats). The liner will keep bums dry.
Do you think you should try different nappy rash cream? We use Savlon and Curash powder (together). Good luck.
ok sorry to be a pain but i got told by midwives at the hospital not to use powder on nappy rash because it absorbs the urine and holds it close to the skin making nappy rash worse.
i use zinc and castor oil cream as it stops urine touching the skin and helps nappy rash to heal quicker,also a few hours a day of no nappy on helps sooo much...
Are you soaking the nappies in napisan/bleach? This can often cause nappy rash, same as if you use too much washing powder (maybe a sensitive one while they are still so little). Try dry pailing, using half to 1/3 of the amount of washing powder and do a rinse cycle after the wash cycle to rinse away any excess powder. Also what covers are you using? The cheaper PVC ones don't allow the skin to breathe and are more likely to end in a rash. Try baby beehinds covers or thirsties (LOVE thirsties, as they have a gusset) - you can get both from darlings downunder (i think.....i got my thirsties from nurture nappies)
We used tots bots and pre-folds most the time and have a heap of microfleece liners. I just bough a metre of microfleece from spotlight and cut it into liners - heaps cheaper and nicer on their skin than the disposable ones. Since they are 100% polyester they don't fray, so don't need sewing/hemming - just cut and use.
I'd also not wake a baby to change a nappy unless i'd heard them poo - a major rule here is to never wake a sleeping baby.....unless they are prem and need waking, or when their twin wakes, and they just have to wake for a feed too. :D
I am not soaking the nappies but I am washing them with a small amount of napisan.
I was more wondering about whether I should be waking them between feeds to change them. Oops CM just saw you mentioned that.
Also where can I get microfleece?
i wouldn't wake them unless they pooed.
you can get microfleece from spotlight or lincraft. most sewing stores have it.
also i would just wash them with a small amount of sensitive washing detergent. i wouldn't use nappisan unless they are really stained and then i would use an extra rinse. remember too that pul covers shouldn't be washed in nappisan as it makes them deteriorate faster.
I think I have Microfleece, I made my bubba blanket from it. Woohoo.
Thanks for the help, I am going shopping today and will get some sensitive wash detergent.
If this works I may even be able to ditch the night sposies!:)
Could the rash be thrush based? You could try either Daktozin or an antifungal such as clonea cream (not actually a nappy rash product but will help get rid of thrush) and is ok for babies.
Also lots of nappy free time to air out their bottoms. Cornflour is also good for helping to dry out nappy rash. Bicarb soda sprinkled into the bath water is also good for sensitve skin.
Hard at this time of year, but lots of sun on the nappies is good and you won't need the napisan. The sun will remove any stains and bacteria.
I would be reluctant to wake them unless they had done a poo or if the nappy felt exceptionally wet.
Give papaw ointment a try :)
We're going through a similar thing... well... nappy rash + cloth nappies. But with an older child & MCN's :confused: I'm using damn cream AND flushable liners so hopefully they don't get ruined (and I don't have to strip wash) and am using the Gaia moisture cream, which can be used as a barrier cream, plus paw paw ointment.
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