Both disposable and cloth nappies can cause nappy rash. Generally, disposables are better at keeping your baby drier. The best way to avoid nappy rash is to change your baby regularly. If bub is getting nappy rash frequently that is not normal and you should seek medical advice.
Some common causes for nappy rash (but not limited to):
- Chemicals in disposable nappies
- Infrequent nappy changes.
- New foods
- Reaction to detergent (washing may need an extra rinse or reduce amount of detergent used)
- Reaction to the elastic
- Reaction to the fabric in the cloth nappy
Nappy Rash Treatment
When using cloth please avoid using nappy rash treatments that contain: zinc and petroleum (petrolatum/mineral oil) as they form a barrier which can build up on the nappies, reducing its absorbency. If the nappy rash persists it’s important to seek medical advice to find the underlying cause for the rash.
Suggestion: Natural MCN safe options include corn flour, olive oil, or coconut oil. Nappy free time can also be good for bub.