Dealing with Diaper Irritation

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This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.

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Preparing the tub for a tea soak

I switched to cloth diapers because my son had a constant diaper rash.  At least that was what I thought it was.  Turns out he was allergic to the latex in the disposable diapers.  Cloth diapers have been very good for my son’s skin.  However, from time to time he does develop some irritation.  My first thought is not to reach for diaper rash cream in these cases but to do a green tea bath instead.  I have really found this technique to help with diaper irritation.

Playing in the tub

I put a few tea bags into his bath water and allow them to steep.  I usually make the water hotter then what I would put him in right away because it will make the tea faster and it will cool while we are waiting.  I then give him some bath toys and let him play for 10 to 15 minutes and then I wash his body and hair and drain the water.  I make sure I rinse and check to see that no tea leaves are stuck to him.

I typically do this before bedtime and it will be gone in the morning.  For particularly bad or stubborn rashes I will let him play in the tub of tea during the day and then give him some diaper free time after.

Disclaimer: I learned about this technique from a discussion on My Home Remedies, I have liked the results that I have seen but you may not see similar results.  As always if you are concerned with your child’s health please seek the advice of a trusted health professional so you can discuss the options that work best for your family.

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13 Responses to Dealing with Diaper Irritation

  1. Thank you for sharing this. What a great idea! We’ll have to give this a go the next time we have some skin irritation with one of the kids.

  2. Melissa says:

    What a great solution for irritated skin. It seems like this would be a nice calming thing for a mama at the end of a busy day, too. Thanks, Shannon!

  3. theartfulmama says:

    Thanks! Melissa you are right I never thought of that. I tried something a little different last night. I think it is an improvement: I brewed the bags first and then poured that in the tub. I got way more tea that way. His bum looked much improved again.

  4. Laura says:

    I will have to try this sometime… my son’s skin flares up at the slightest thing. Thanks for posting!

  5. Although I never thought of this, it doesn’t surprise me – green tea is wonderful for so many things. I have some serious skin irritation problems – lots of contact allergies – I wonder if this would help me too.

  6. Heather says:

    And…. My son, Porter, who will be 8 months on the 8th… Will be the happy user of said diaper (should we win)… Thanks :)

  7. Awesome advice! I wonder what it is that makes the tea so calming/beneficial. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for this article! My daughter has constant irritation, even after the switch to cloth, and I never would have thought of this!

  9. I don’t have green tea. My dd is suffering from what dr called “acid poo”. He told me to stop CDing. I told him where to go…..educated him a little. Anyhow….. Do you think chamomile would work?

    BTW—it’s not a diaper issue. Were in new prepped dipes. Using GroVia with organic cotton soakers. & BG4.0 pockets.

    • @T.biggers – Do you have regular black tea? I think it needs to be a tea leaf. Chamomile might not have the same antioxidants present that the tea leaves have. Have you tried diaper free time? That is usually my next go to.
      Your poor doctor – they are so confused when it comes to cloth. Mine has a ton of questions every time I go there.
      Also, have you thought about introducing some probiotics? I know right now because of the hot weather a lot of diaper rash is going around. My son currently has some. We’ve been doing tea soaks at night and diaper free during the day.
      Another thing you could try is to put a 1/3 cup of baking soda in your wash to neutralize the acid in the diapers (though I doubt anything is being left in there as well) and then 1/2 cup vinegar in the rinse to break up any residues. I hope some of this helps.

  10. jazz says:

    I use fresh green tea leaves from my garden, squeeze it and apply to any skin wounds wonderfull results . Also if newborn has some troubles, i boil the fresh leaves, mix with water until 37′c then wash all baby skin with it
    As it’s adsorbed by the skin,all you put on the skin ,goes in the skin and the blood, its a powerful natural antibiotic. great for loose stool, diaper rash,red skin, pimpels…
    costs virtual nothing,and no need for chemical medicines
    Same with ginseng root,cut in small slices, add it to white wine or rice wine,let it in the bottle for a few months and get daily 10ml, great health improvements, i have not get flu in 10 years

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