10-21-2010, 09:12 PM
We had taken a cloth diaper break for about 2 months (rash free), I stripped all our diapers, but now we are cd'ing again and almost immediately she got a rash again. It is a kind of eczematic/irritation rash, not yeast (yet) and I don't know what else to do to keep the cloth diapers from irritating her skin. I don't want to give up cd'ing but I don't want her miserable. I googled and saw that some moms keep their baby bottoms slathered in vaseline 24/7 - has anyone here tried that?
As soon as her walking is a little less wobbly I am going to start pt'ing because I am so tired of these rashes!
10-21-2010, 09:55 PM
Oh man! I'm so sorry! That's a lot to deal with and I can understand. We're fighting rashes right now too. I think she gets ammonia irritation. We're also getting rid of another yeast rash too. Ick!
I found a product called California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream. It's got some antifungal in it and it's a barrier for their skin. The only thing is that it will stain. We have some flannel wipes that we use between her skin and the cloth and that works well. Haven't had as many problems since using that with every change.
Hope that helps some and good luck!!
Here's a link to the product:
10-22-2010, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the tip! I am kind of wary to try another diaper cream, BUT I have heard good things about Cali baby so maybe I will see if I can find a trial size to test it out. Is it thick?
The last time it ended up being a yeast and eczema rash together and we had to alternate hydrocordisone and lamisil until it cleared up and at the very end triple paste did help to speed the healing and protect the new delicate skin. This time it is only eczema so far but I am concerned if it does not clear up the yeast will try to move in the next time she has a bm.
Did someone here post a homemade diaper cream with lavender and/or tea tree essential oils once?
Update:Ok I found that one but the coconut oil and shea are too pricey. I found some other recipies that were more economical that I am curious about:
It is so hard to choose, ack!
10-22-2010, 09:55 AM
To get rid of yeast in cloth diapers you really have to run them through a hot cycle with bleach and line dry if possible. Wash on the heavy setting should help.
To make your own cream: 1/8 c coconut oil, 1/4 c raw shea butter, 3-4 tb talc free cornstarch. You could add a bit of tea tree oil to it but it's generally advised against for use on babies, specifically boys as it can be an endocrine disruptor.
10-22-2010, 02:15 PM
Are you sure that you completely got rid of the yeast? The reason that I ask is because I battled with yeast for FOUR MONTHS with Micah! Here is my thread saying what I used and did that finally got rid of it for good:
10-22-2010, 09:21 PM
I always wash the diapers on hot and line dry them but I didn't use bleach . It never even occurred to be that the yeast could have survived 4+ hot washes and not being used at all for 2 months. Ugh, I hope I didn't reinfect her [sadashamed] She was 100 percent rash free for the 2 mos she was in the 'sposies...(we got a huge box of diapers for super cheap and it was a nice CD vacation)
Maybe I will bleach the diapers and strip them again, ugh ugh ugh! My poor baby.
How much bleach do you use in the wash to kill the yeast?
10-25-2010, 05:26 PM
I used vinegar in the rinse cycle of my diapers to kill the yeast.
Bleach probably would help kill the yeast, but I would be cautious about bleach and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Some diapers can handle it well and some not so well. (instruction tag on Fuzzi Bunz says no bleach, for example)
10-25-2010, 09:00 PM
I usually use vinegar in a downy ball for rinsing, so maybe I did not re-expose her after all. I let her go diaper-free most of the weekend and the rash is gone, now PTL. I still don't know how to keep the diapers from irritating her in the long term, just that she is fine when she is not wearing them.
Maybe I have to strip the diapers again? What a pain in the neck. Anyone potty train their baby @ 12 mos? lol.
10-25-2010, 09:05 PM
Do you have a place where you can hang them outside? Sunlight helps to kill the yeast.