Best Diaper Rash Creams

Best Diaper Rash Creams For Broken Skin: What’s The Difference?

Diapers are made with different materials and have different levels of protection from bacteria. Some diapers use polyester while others use cotton or rayon. There are some diaper brands which use organic ingredients like hemp, alfalfa, coconut oil etc. While there are other brands which do not contain any such ingredients but still they may cause irritation due to their cheap price tag.

So what’s the difference between these two types of diapers?

Let us see.

1) Polyester vs Cotton/Rayon:

Polyester is a synthetic fabric which is used mainly for making clothing. It is made up of many layers, each one being stronger than the last. These layers are usually made from various plastics and polymers. They come in different thicknesses and colors depending upon the purpose of manufacture. Most of them are made out of polyester.

Cotton is a natural fiber derived from the plant called Nicotiana tabacum. It is used primarily for its softness and elasticity. Cotton fibers are typically woven together into yarns to make fabrics. Cotton absorbs moisture very well, so it helps keep your baby dry when sleeping or during naps. It can also help in regulating your baby’s body temperature.

There are other synthetic fibers like rayon, acetate, triacetate, modal and lyocell which though are not as popular as cotton or rayon but are often used in making adult diapers.

2) Bacteria:

Most of the times, the quality of the water that is being used for making the diapers is very poor. This water is then used for making the pulp, which is then used to make the diapers. The pulp gets contaminated with bacteria and toxins, which is then used to make the diapers. It is common to find feces, e coli and other related substances in most of these diapers.

Due to this reason, it is better to use the diapers which are made from cotton or rayon as these types of fabric do not allow any such harmful substance to pass through them. The diapers which are made from high quality cotton or rayon will be able to protect your baby’s skin from coming in direct contact with these harmful substances.

3) Paper Quality:

It is interesting to note that most of the cheap diapers are usually made out of pulp obtained from wood. What this means is that cheap diapers will contain bits and pieces of wood in them. This may not cause a great deal of harm but it certainly isn’t good for your baby’s skin.

4) Chlorine Used In Manufacturing:

Most of the times, chlorine is used in manufacturing the cheap diapers. Chlorine gas is a greenish yellow gaseous element which has a strong smell of chlorine. This substance can also be harmful for your baby’s skin. It can cause irritation and other related problems. The high quality diapers will never use this method as it is very inferior in quality.

5) Personal Preference:

Most of the mothers feel comfortable with the diapers which are made from cotton or rayon as these types of fabric don’t cause any irritation to the baby’s skin. These diapers also absorb moisture better and are very reliable. Most of these diapers come in attractive designs too, so it is more of a personal preference as to which type of fabric you should use.

6) Air Flow:

The high quality diapers are made in such a way that they allow air to pass through them. Due to this reason, it allows the baby to stay cool throughout the day. This is a very important factor which the manufacturers overlook while making these diapers. The cheap ones on the other hand block most of the air from passing through them.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Diaper rash care and management by S Borkowski – Pediatric nursing, 2004 –

Diaper rash: managing and controlling a common problem in infants and toddlers by BN Gaunder, E Plummer – Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 1987 – Elsevier

Wiping out diaper rash by S Fields – International journal of pharmaceutical …, 2005 –

Diaper rash cream applicator by A Kravchenko – US Patent 8,920,059, 2014 – Google Patents

Diaper dermatitis1 by R Wolf, D Wolf, B Tüzün, Y Tüzün – Clinics in Dermatology, 2000 –