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I still believe that diaper rash is not normal and I encourage caregivers to determine
the reason behind the rash. But when you feel you need to use a rash cream, please utilize the information below in regards to how to protect your diapers and how to choose a cloth diaper friendly ointment or cream.

Liners: Liners are used to between the baby treated with a rash cream and the diaper in an effort to protect the diaper from the negative water repelling properties of the diaper rash ointment or cream. People use flushable liners, fleece liners, cloth wipes, and even cut up old t-shirts. If you plan to re-use your liners you will want to wash them thoroughly and separate from your diapers. Likewise, you will also want to wash any wipes used to clean off the ointment or cream with your liners: separate from your diapers. Realize that some flushable liners may not protect a diaper well enough from certain creams.

Stripping: If you would rather not use diaper liners, then choose a non-staining diaper rash cream and plan to strip your diapers after the bout of diaper rash to ensure all residue from the cream is removed. Stripping diapers from rash cream is not an easy task and is much harder with a HE machine and much harder for synthetic fibers like what you find in most pocket diapers. Directions for stripping are here.

Natural Fibers: diapers like prefolds wouldn't always require protection but protection is still preferred. You may still need to strip these diapers depending on the product used. Make sure the diapers are washed clean and rinsed thoroughly.

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash:
Home remedies for diaper rash include the application of breast milk, olive oil, coconut oil, lanoline (Lansinoh: pure lanoline), corn starch, and vegetable oil or shortening. Be selective about using cornstarch or breastmilk as they are known to make a yeast infection worse. Also, lanoline is a product that may be an allergen.

A soak in warm baking soda water or salt water is another soothing alternative, this is especially helpful if irritation is caused from baby's stools.

Personally, the olive oil has worked wonderfully for us in the rare instances when our baby had dry red skin in the diaper area. We have also recently used lanoline for chapped lips and surrounding mouth area with great results. With our newest baby we have learned more about virgin coconut oil and its yeast fighting1 attribute.

1Nature’s Candida Cure: Coconut Oil Solves Yeast Problems,

Diaper Rash Creams

A few commercially available diaper creams may be used with cloth diapers. ALWAYS AVOID DIAPER CREAMS WITH COD LIVER OIL or any other fish oils. Recently many cloth diaper manufacturer's have developed diaper rash creams that are considered safe for cloth diapers. In many cases, diaper rash creams specifically developed for use with cloth diapers is preferred. Note, some diaper manufacturer's specifically state not to use rash creams when using their brand of diapers. Please read and follow individual manufacturers directives when applicable.

Compatible with cloth diapers both natural fibers and synthetics. Always check with your manufacturer.

Best to protect diapers when using by using a liner. Less of a problem is usually noted with natural fibers diapers.

Best to avoid use with cloth diapers. Definitely, plan to use a protective diaper liner.

Should not be used with cloth diapers.

Rating Brand Notes Ingredients
A&D Original Ointment Smelly from cod liver oil. Do not use with cloth diapers. Active Ingredients: Petrolatum 53. 4%, Lanolin 15. 5%.
Inactive Ingredients: Cod Liver Oil (Contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D), Fragrance, Light Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin.
A&D Zinc Oxide Cream Active Ingredients: Ointment contains:: Dimethicone 1%, Zinc Oxide 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil (contains vitamin a & vitamin d), Fragrance, Glyceryl Oleate, Light Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Synthetic Beeswax, Water.
Angel Baby Bottom Balm Created for use with cloth diapers. Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John's wort) extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain extract), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla), Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, proprietary blend of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil.
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Used often with dry skin. Used also as a 50/50 mixture with Maalox. Aquaphor may make a yeast rash worse. Active Ingredients: Petrolatum.
Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol.
Aveeno Combination of Zinc oxide to keep diaper area dry and colloidal oatmeal to relieve the dry skin. (In the three stars category this is probably the best choice for your diapers)

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 13%.

Inactive Ingredients: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal Extract, Beeswax, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Synthetic Beeswax, Water.

Balm Baby Diaper BalmStrong citrus smell. Works well on diaper rashes, as a first aid ointment. Also can provide light barrier
Organic olive, coconut, macadamia nut oil & sesame seed oil infused in noni, calendula, chamomile, comfrey & rosemary, candelilla wax, St. John’s wort extract, chickweed extract, neem oil, kukui nut oil, vitamin e T-50, Organic Essential oil blend of orange, lavender & tea tree
Balm Baby Mad RashSame ingredients as the cloth safe Balm Baby Diaper Balm but with zinc oxide. Use sparingly, this is fine for use with cloth. Makes excellent barrier and heals rash quickly
Extra virgin olive oil, calendula, chamomile, Noni, comfrey, rosemary, shea butter, coconut & macadamia nut oil, zinc oxide (25%), Kukui nut oil, sesame seed oil, Candelilla wax, St. John's wort extract, chickweed extract, neem oil, vitamin e T-50, organic essential oil blend
Balmex Zinc Oxide Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. Seems to work best from diaper rash caused by babies sitting in stools. Challenging to clean off between each diaper change. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 11. 3% (Skin Protectant).
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Balsam (Specially Purified Balsam Peru), Beeswax, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E Acetate).
Balmex Ointment Designed for use as a wetness barrier. Active Ingredients: White Petrolatum 51%.
Inactive Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Polyethylene, Silica.
Baby Bees Diaper Rash Ointment Has strong smell. May Stain, stains tend to come out with time. Used successfully with rashes caused from acidic foods. Can cause build-up on pocket diapers. Zinc Oxide, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, Vitamin A, Extracts of Rosemary, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile, Rose Petal and Comfrey Root.
Bourdeaux's Butt Paste* Staining. Strong smell. Use only with a disposable liner. Can cause really bad staining.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 16%.

Inactive Ingredients: Peruvian Balsam, Boric Acid, Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, White Wax, Petrolatum.

California Baby Does not stain. Seems suitable for light rash care. Ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera, proprietary Calming aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender, known for its soothing, antibacterial, and healing properties
CJ's BUTTer Ointment and Stick For diaper rash, eczema and dry skin Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter (deodorized), Vitamin E and essential oils

Desitin Ointment Smelly from cod liver oil. Do not use with cloth diapers unless you want your baby to smell like a fish market. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (40%) (Skin Portectant).
Inactive Ingredients: BHA, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc, Water.
Desitin Creamy Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. Takes time to wash out of cloth but will with effort. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vitamin E, White Petrolatum, White Wax.
EcoSprout Coconut Stick Cloth safe coconut oil in a stick form. Easy to apply 100% extra virgin organic coconut oil (unprocessed), beeswax, vitamin E oil
Lansinoh Diaper Rash Ointment May cause build up on diapers (all types). Use with a disposable liner. Great to use for dry skin and as a barrier from moisture. Lanolin, Zinc Oxide and Dimethicone
Grovia Magic Stick Used for minor rashes and as a protective layer from wetness. Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils.
Grovia Magic Stick Z BalmGreat for healing a persistent rash. Provides a barrier. Note* Manufacturer claims small coating will not cause issues in diapers. As a personal note, we have found this to be true Note** while cream contains zinc, it will go on opaque
Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Meadowfoam, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Shea Oil, Jojoba Oil and a propriety blend of essential oils
Grandma El'sMarketed as safe for cloth diapers. Some people have had repellency issues after repeated usage and some have had light staining. Others have not trouble at all with cloth.Natural Vitamin E - an anti-oxidant, derived from Wheat Germ Oil, Balsam of Peru natural derivatives - a plant of Peru, known as a healing agent. Salicylic Acid - Derived from Willow Bark and Promotes new skin growth. Yellow Petrolatum - A moisture barrier derived from natural mineral oil. Anhydrous Lanolin - Insecticide-Free, Allergy-Free for Protection and healing.
Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Effective at stubborn rashes, especially those caused by yeast. Also effective for use on nipples if thrush is present
Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower*
*certified organic ingredient
Penaten May cause build up on diapers (all types). Has added fragrance. Petrolatum, Zinc Oxide, Lanolin, Talc, Aqua, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Allantoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Paraffinum Liqidum, Glycine Soja Oil, Alcohol, Parfum, Cl 75130
Sudocrem Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. May not be available in the US.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide Ph.Eur. 15.25% Benzyl Alcohol B.P. 0.39% Benzyl Benzoate B.P. 1.01% Benzyl Cinnamate 0.15% Lanolin (Hypo-Allergenic) 4%(W/W)

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water Liquid Paraffin Paraffin Wax Beeswax Microcrystalline Wax Sodium Benzoate Linalyl Acetate Propylene Glycol Citric Acid Butylated Hydroxyanisole Sorbitan Sesquiloleate Lavender Fragrance

Thirsties Booty Love Organic
Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower*
*Certified organic ingredients
Triple Paste Designed to relieve raw, irritated skin and create a barrier between baby's skin and the diaper. Fragrance-free. Hypoallergenic. I would avoid use if dealing with a yeast infection. Active Ingredients:Zinc Oxide 11. 6%.
Inactive Ingredients: White Petrolatum; Corn Starch; Anhydrous Lanolin; Stearyl Alcohol; White Beeswax; Cholesterol; Polysorbate 80.
WeledaCalendula Diaper Care Designed as a wetness protection barrier. Ingredients (INCI): Beeswax, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Calendula, Chamomile, Geraniol*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Lanolin, Limonene*, Linalool*, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Water, Zinc Oxide.
* from natural essential oils

Please consider all the ingredients present in the diaper cream you are evaluating and make sure that you are comfortable with the product being in direct contact with your baby's skin. Ingredients that would personally concern me would be petroleum based products, and fragrances. For more information on evaluating ingredients visit the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

Also, consider avoiding diaper rash creams whose containers are made with aluminum.

Diaper creams in relation to diaper rash severity by Dr. Sears

Diaper rash creams in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Safety Database

Learn more about the chemicals in diaper creams and what to avoid