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A one-size-fits-all approach to treating diaper rashes doesn't necessarily exist but the methods are different when your child wears cloth diapers. Oil from diaper rash ointments and creams can affect the absorbency of a cloth diaper, so it is best to use one that is cloth-friendly and petroleum-free, says Carey Chronis, a pediatrician based in California. You can also use a diaper liner to create a barrier so the rash cream does not soak into the cloth diaper. Allowing the baby to have some time free of any diaper can help the skin heal naturally. However he warns that “should the skin become broken down, or if pustules form, a doctor visit may be necessary for treatment of a bacterialApply ointment after each diaper change to protect your babies skin. infection.” If this occurs, it may be necessary to switch to a disposable diaper temporarily so you can treat the infection with an antifungal ointment.