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Cloth Nappies and Nappy Rash

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

Cloth nappies can be beneficial for reducing the occurrence and severity of nappy rash. However, whether or not cloth nappies are "better" for nappy rash depends on various factors, including proper hygiene practices, frequency of changes, and individual sensitivities of the baby's skin.

Here are some points to consider regarding cloth nappies and nappy rash:

  1. Breathability: Cloth nappies are generally considered more breathable compared to disposable nappies, as they are made of natural fibers like cotton or bamboo, which allow for better air circulation around the baby's bottom. Improved airflow can help reduce the likelihood of nappy rash.

  2. Chemicals: Disposable nappies often contain chemicals like fragrances, dyes, and absorbent gels that may irritate sensitive skin and contribute to nappy rash. In contrast, cloth nappies are typically free from these chemicals, which can be a benefit for babies with sensitive skin.

  3. Nappy rash cream: Cloth nappies may allow for easier and more frequent application of creams, as they do not have the same moisture-locking properties as disposable nappies. This can help create a barrier between the baby's skin and potential irritants, and aid in healing if nappy rash occurs.

  4. Hygiene practices: Proper hygiene practices, such as regular changes, thorough cleaning of the nappy area, and avoiding leaving a baby in a wet or soiled nappy for extended periods of time, are critical in preventing nappy rash, regardless of whether cloth or disposable nappies are used.

  5. Fit and quality of cloth nappies: The fit and quality of cloth nappies can vary, and it's important to choose well-fitting, high-quality cloth nappies that are changed regularly to minimise the risk of nappy rash. Poorly fitting or soiled cloth nappies can cause friction and irritation, leading to nappy rash.

It's important to note that nappy rash can occur with both cloth and disposable nappies, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each baby's skin is unique, and what works for one baby may not work for another. If your baby experiences recurrent or severe nappy rash, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and advice on appropriate care.

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