How Do You Cope With Nappy Rash (Mama McCann’s Diary of Cloth)

The past two weeks we’ve had quite a red bum.

After testing a few theories out I can now laugh in the face of others who think it is due to having a cloth bum.

In fact the Pop In Originals have been the best things for Fizz, they are ultra absorbent and keep her dryer longer. Our nursery uses disposibles and Fizz has come home more often than not with one on (I’m working on building up my collection with Flips to ensure this doesn’t happen for much longer and also encouraging them to go cloth free)

Fizz’s bum seems much better in the mornings, using the Pop In overnight. Throughout the day it does not matter what we or the nursery use but her bum gets redder and redder. We have used a variety of products – a leading brand, an organic balm and  an expensive baby spa range. To be fair all of them work differently. The organic range tends to work quickly compared to the other two but they are all much of a muchness.

So I’m asking – How can you keep a bum rash free? Or is it one of those impossible things that the onset of weaning brings and will just fade out in time?

13 Comments

  1. We only use sudocrem as nothing else works to heal a rash. The only things that keep a bum rash free in our house are a combo of sudocrem at every change, fleece liners, changing poo when it happens and nappy free time when the rash is bad.

  2. We are really lucky that Ruby has stayed nappy rash free so far. We use pop in bamboo originals too and they are fantastic with booster at night. We smother in sudocrem before night time nappy which I think helps. Also the nursery use her fabrics so she never has to wear disposables. Can u ask nursery to use your own nappies?
    We are at the start of weaning now so may see a difference in the next few weeks! teething seems to aggravate nappy rash also. It may just be a phase that will pass irrespective of which creams you use.
    Glad you are enjoying the nappies!! We have tried many which we love but alway reach for close patent pop in first, good choice!

  3. We use pop-in originals too and we’ve had our share of rash problems. However, like you we don’t reckon this is because of the nappy but more likely because of some of the foods our little girl likes to it. More specifically we’ve identified acidic foods like oranges and satsumas to be really bad at burning the skin if left uncleaned for too long.

    In terms of creams, we only use sudocrem as it’s the most versatile cream that works (albeit sometimes slowly)

    Also airing out works to some extent 🙂

  4. Honey is great for nappy rash! It also washes easily out of nappys so dont have to worry about that. I also make a wipe solution by adding a bag of camomille to hot water, few drops of oil and a small squirt of baby wash (for the oil to disperse. We have only had a rash once and think that was due to teething 🙂

  5. DD had nappy rash for the first time when she dropped a breastfeed as a result of weaning. Only changing her nappy at least every hour through the day and smothering her in sudocrem helped, that and avoiding anything synthetic so used my bamboo pop-ins and one life nappies. Make sure her bottom is completely dry before you put on any cream, otherwise you are just sealing in moisture. It settled down after a few days.

  6. Jess got really bad nappy rash for a few weeks when I started weaning properly, I used metanium on a fleece or minkee liner.
    It has cleared up beautifully now and we haven’t had the problem again! Hopefully it’s just a phase for you too!

  7. We use Green baby nappy cream which is MAGIC! heals up any little spots overnight. Have just made some of my own cream from shea butter, jojoba, lavender and chamomile but not sure how that will measure up to Green baby.

    I found that little pickle got least nappy rash with the bum genius nappies she wears at night, and most with the flips, although that could be cos she’s wriggling around in them more.

  8. Thanks for all the comments, keep them coming.

    We let Fizz have lots of nappy free time too, she loves it!!

    As to nursery, its mainly the frequent nappy changes and not packing enough, we’ve just boosted our collection with two flips but before this had 6 bg’s, a tot bots and then 3 pop ins which we save for nights. Our collection has been boosted with organic flips liners after Babi Petes recommendation, these should be better for
    more delicate bums.
    Will keep you posted.
    Mamma Mc x

  9. we’ve used green baby nappy balm and the celtic herbal as well, both seem equally soothing.
    I always allow a little nappy free time when he has a rash and also avoid commercial wipes, just use my pop in bamboo wipes with warm water and clean throughly each nappy change as i found the wet wipes sometimes aggravated the rash (even the sensitive ones).
    Unfortunately I find from chatting with other mums on forums that the weaning and teething poos commonly cause some skin irritation or rashes.

  10. Hi I used disposables with my first son and had quite a few episodes of nappy rash and found that metanium worked the best (sudocrem took ages to work whereas with metanium the difference was noticeable overnight). My 9 month old who we are cloth nappying rarely gets nappy rash but if he does I use metanium with a home-made fleece liner, which works wonders. I think often a mistake which is made is plastering their little bottoms in cream it should be just a light covering (this is especially true when using sposies as too much cream stops them absorbing). Another mistake is also using too much talc as this also does the same.

  11. We loved the green people organic nappy balm. That works really well. When K had bleeding nappy rash I did something quite harsh – I put vitamin C serum on the rash – it burned her something fierce for about 20 seconds, and the next day the rash was gone – that’s because the high concentration of vitamin C causes the skin to reknit faster. It was heartbreaking for those 20 or so seconds, but really helped long term

  12. I use a honey and beeswax balm that always works for my son ( he wears pop in originals too). Its from Chain Bridge Honey Farm, its the honey & beeswax ointment with chamomile in it (formally known as baby balm until the company changed its name). Hope it helps!

  13. Have you ever tried to wipe your face with a popular brand ‘sensitive’ baby wipe? My husband and I did because we couldn’t understand why our eldest daughter screamed when we wiped her little cheeks. Both my husband and I had a burning sensation and we felt absolutely terrible. Have you ever tried to get an oil stain from your garage floor? Try one of these baby wipes – works a treat! What I’m trying to say is, if you use baby wipes on a sore bottom – it will take longer to heal. Lotions and potions – or no lotions and potions.

    Hope this helps 🙂

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