Bad Diaper rash

Amber - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my daughter has been getting it really bad the past few days we've been using the cloth diapers. I change her at least every 2 hours sometimes more often. I also have been washing with tea tree oil because I read it was good for killing bacteria. It has been clearing up on laundry days when she is wearing disposable but as soon as we go back to cloth it flares up again and its been pretty bad. Any idea what might be causing it or what I can do about it? I thought using cloth and a wool cover would reduce her chance of having it but it seems to be making it worse.

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Cari - posted on 09/28/2009

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We were using tea tree oil soap on our wipes for a while, and it was actually causing diaper rash. I agree with the recommendation to strip the diapers and use less laundry detergent in the future. We strip by putting a little bit of bleach in the wash and then rinsing twice.

Simone - posted on 09/28/2009

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You could try Cannisten anti-fungal cream as well as a zinc like cream to use as a barrier I've had some success with this method

Julie - posted on 09/27/2009

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Amber! I have the same problem with my little boy right now! His bum is BRIGHT red. I use pocket diapers..and I know it's not related to how I wash them because I have 2 others in diapers and don't have this problem with them. So I assumed that it may be that he was sensitive to the synthetic fibers in Fuzzi bunz and tried cotton cloth diapers..it's no better. I have been blocking his little bum with zinc oxide cream,but still no better. I an going to take him to the doctor tomorrow because it's been weeks with this huge rash. I may have to go to disposables or g diapers for awhile:(

Erica - posted on 09/25/2009

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Try Charlie's Soap, all natural, no residues, no scents, great for CD... and you only need 1 tablespoon per load. You can order it online, just do a search. Also, if you are breastfeeding, take a look at your diet. Try to stay away from acidic foods that can irritate the rash.

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We've just gone through the same thing. According to Dr.'s recommendation, we've been using disposables for the past week and will for another week. She also recommended switching CDs. We were using BG Organic AIO, which I loved but also suspected as the root of the diaper rash problem after trying to solve it for months. After hearing from a number of moms on another forum, we're going to try bamboo fitteds with Mother-ease Airflow wraps and wool wraps. I really hope that works!

I've heard that some babies are sensitive and may react to tea tree oil, so you might want to see what happens if you eliminate it. Or, perhaps she is allergic to the wool. From my experiences, it seems trial and error will eventually solve the problem. Best of luck!

Kelly - posted on 09/24/2009

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Could it be the detergent you are using? Or the amount? I know that for most CD they recommend using 1/4 the suggested manufacturers amount. Maybe an extra cold rinse at the end of the washing cycles?

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http://www.zany-zebra.com/stripping-clot... This website has a lot of useful info about stripping diapers. Also, what kind of CDs do you use? Do they wick moisture away? Because my daughter didn't have a problem for a long time with prefolds and then all of a sudden kept getting rashes. Then we'd switch her to sposies then back when the rash cleared up then the rash would come back. The rashes finally went away for good when we started using a pocket diaper with suedecloth inside.

Amber - posted on 09/21/2009

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Quoting Briana:

maybe your diapers need to be stripped... my daughter is going through the same thing right now and I was told to keep her in disposables and use vas and i use sudocream aswell until the rash is gone and then swith back to the cloth



How do you strip them?

Briana - posted on 09/21/2009

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maybe your diapers need to be stripped... my daughter is going through the same thing right now and I was told to keep her in disposables and use vas and i use sudocream aswell until the rash is gone and then swith back to the cloth

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