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Methodology for Preventing Diaper Caused Rashes

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Beth is a mother of three and CDC volunteer. Her goal is to help parents address important issues to help children grow up healthy and safe.

Use the comparison charts below to find a diaper that won't irritate baby's bottom.
Use the comparison charts below to find a diaper that won't irritate baby's bottom. | Source

Why Diapers Cause Rashes

Where you find chronic diaper rash, you find cranky babies and sleep-deprived parents. All babies get diaper rash at some point, but chronic diaper rash is a situation that requires extra attention.

When diaper rash lingers, and returns more than few times a week, without explanation, it is often time to see your child's pediatrician. If your baby gets irritated then change the baby as frequently as possible.

A fussy baby can leave parents exhausted. It is not easy to determine if the diaper is the problem or not, especially when you're so tired.

The following are the most common causes of diaper rash:

  • Not changing a urine-filled or would diaper quickly enough
  • Yeast/fungus or bacteria
  • New foods
  • Food allergies
  • Diaper allergies
  • Chafing, rubbing
  • Heat rash
  • Antibiotics

Diaper allergies can be a cause of year and bacterial diaper rash. When the diaper is the cause of diaper rash parents can feel confused. It is not like you can just quit diapers. They are a mandatory part of having a baby. So, what do you do when your baby has a rash that won't go away, but diapers are mandatory?

Your first course of action is to take the baby to the doctor. It won't be difficult for your doctor to confirm if the rash is caused by an allergic reaction to the diaper itself. Once you know for sure, you can create a plan to help your baby have a healthy bum.

If the diaper is causing the rash then it is time to experiment with different brands of diapers, ultimately looking for the one that doesn't bother baby's bottom. You may even want to look into supplementing with cloth diapers.

To prevent chronic diaper rash avoid diapers with fragrances and chemicals. Some brands are super absorbent, but the polymers used to make the gel can lead to an allergic reaction and cause or irritate a yeast infection or other diaper rash.

Disposable Vs. Cloth Diapers Price Comparisons


Hypoallergenic Disposable Diapers

The diaper industry has made leaps and bounds in the diaper industry over the past two decades. Corporations pay special attention to create the most hypoallergenic diaper. Almost every brand has already developed a line of hypoallergenic diapers. These sensitive skin diapers work wonders for babies with chronic diaper rash.

Some of the absorbent gels used for maximum absorbency the cause of diaper sensitivity. Babies whose diaper rash is caused by the absorbent gel often need to switch to cloth diapers, but a majority of diaper rash can be solved by simply choosing a hypoallergenic line of disposable diapers.

In fact, some parents solve chronic diaper rash by using both cloth and disposable diapers. Below, you can learn more about the art of duel diapering. This is the most cost-effective option that also provides convenience for the parents.

The following disposable diaper lines are designed to reduce or prevent diaper rash:

Hypoallergenic Disposable Diapers

Average Price Per Diaper
Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Skin
Huggies Pure And Natural Diaper
Naty Chlorine Free ECO Diapers
Amazon Elements
Uses non-chlorine whitener
Seventh Generation
Nurtured By Nature
Earth's Best
This table shows the price of disposable hypoallergenic diapers. It also tells you if a diaper is whitened with bleach.

Consider Cloth Diapers To Prevent Diaper Rash

Using both cloth and disposable diapers is a great way to reduce and prevent rashes.
Using both cloth and disposable diapers is a great way to reduce and prevent rashes. | Source

Duel Diapering Rashy Babies

Another technique to prevent diaper rash is duel diapering. This method utilizes both cloth and disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are easier to care for than most think. After learning to care for cloth diapers, you will realize that it's not just healthier for baby, but saves tons of money.

The most successful way to duel diaper is to use cloth diapers at home, during the day. When you have the conveniences of home, they are a great substitute. Then, use disposable, hypoallergenic diaper on outings and at night. This prevents you from having to carry around dirty diapers.

You might have noticed that hypoallergenic diapers have a tenancy to cost more. But in the long run cloth costs less. This helps you even out the total cost of diapers. Duel diapering is a great choice for babies who get chronic diaper rash.

Cloth Diaper Chart

Average Price Per Diaper
One Size Fits Most
Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap
Fits 6 - 18 pounds
Rumparoos Cloth Pocket Diapers
Comes in four sizes
fits 5-15 pounds
Little Joey All In One
fits 4-12 pounds
Blueberry Diapers
$13 - $22
Comes in four sizes
Swaddlebees All in One
fits 10 - 35 pounds
Imagine Baby Products
Comes in sizes
This cloth diaper chart is a size and price comparison chart. All of these diapers need no folding and fasten without pins.

Disposable Vs. Cloth Diapers Ages 0-3

Cloth Diaper
Disposable Diapers
Number of Diapers used in 3 years
8,000 of the same diapers

Buying Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapering costs more up front. But, even including washes, cloth diapering doesn't cost more in the long haul.
Cloth diapering costs more up front. But, even including washes, cloth diapering doesn't cost more in the long haul. | Source

How To Use Cloth Diapers

Shopping for cloth diapers can be confusing. There are three major players in cloth diapering. The insert, diaper and diaper covers. To simplify cloth diapering you can choose all-in-one diapers.

Cloth diapers are generally meant to be used with cloth inserts, and some require diaper covers. An all-in-one doesn't require a diaper cover, and sometimes not inserts. All-in-one diapers used with inserts can save time, energy and money.

The general idea is that a good diaper insert can be replaced without changing the whole diaper. If baby goes number one, and you catch it quickly, the only thing out in the wash bin is the insert. Sometimes both the insert and diaper need washed. Only occasionally do diaper covers need washed.

All of the diapers included in the chat above are made to fit. You don't need to fold them, and they fasten with snaps. It's best to buy only a few of a brand to see if they work for your baby. Not all brands are the same. Just because you don't like one, doesn't mean you won't find one you fall in love with. That is why you should find the brand you know works before you make a larger investment.

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