Recurring rashes

Kristen - posted on 06/25/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter seems to be in the very small minority of babies that get more rashes with cloth diapers. We have used cloth diapers almost exclusively with her since we brought her home, but she just seems very sensitive to any kind of moisture next to her skin. We use a service so we do not control the cleaning of the diapers, but I really don't think that is the cause. We use cotton pre-folds with a Thirsties cover. We use a disposable paper liner at night because she goes 10-12 hours without waking.

She has had a recurring yeast infection as well as a painful looking pimple-like rash. She also seems to have a heat rash on her back and thighs.

When we take a break from cloth and go to disposables, all of these problems clear up almost instantly.

We would like to use cloth for a variety of reasons but obviously cannot use them if they are detrimental to her skin. With all that, are there are any suggestions for what might be going on and how we might address it.

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Majaliwa - posted on 06/26/2010

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A couple of thoughts....



1. KILL THE YEAST EVERYWHERE

if you're sure its a yeast infection then you need to let the cloth diaper service know. Yeast infections are first caused by baby's diet (i.e. allergy to dairy, sugar, etc.). But once that's eliminated from the diet you need to clear up her rash with a cloth diaper friendly diaper rash cream formulated for yeast rashes or use a natural solution like apple cider vinegar and then you need to bleach the diapers (with a safe bleach) to kill the yeast germs. Because yeast can live up to 5 days on a diaper, it needs to be bleached repeatedly to prevent the yeast rash from reoccuring. Otherwise, her diet might be fixed but she'll keep getting the rash because now the yeast is in the diaper.



Check out this article I wrote on dealing with yeast diaper rash:

http://www.pootersdiapers.com/yeast-rash...



2. CHANGE YOUR COVERS AND YOUR PREFOLDS (FOR NIGHTTIME AT LEAST)

Thirsties are great diaper covers, but PUL at night doesn't breathe nearly as well as wool or fleece. Because of that, when baby starts sleeping through the night, the PUL can trap the heat and moisture, cause bacteria to build up and cause a rash as well. I'd recommend for nighttime trying a wool or fleece cover instead because it will breathe, keep the heat down and help to wick the moisture away from baby. Additionally, I'd recommend changing your nighttime prefolds to something more absorbent and antibacterial to also help cut down on any germs building up. Hemp and bamboo are the best. I would check with your service to see if they offer that, or just find some online. You only need about 3 or 4 since you're using them for nighttime only.



For wool covers I recommend Happy Heiny's Wool or Nifty Nappy Woolies. For fleece covers I recommend Happy Heiny's Fleece covers or Sugar Pease fleece covers.



3. (SEE #2 FOR MORE ANSWERS)

If the heat rash on her back and thighs is only showing up at nighttime, then I'd definitely look into my reccos in #2. It's highly likely the PUL cover is trapping that heat and moisture and irritating your baby.



Hope that helps.

Jessica - posted on 07/08/2010

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My daughter did that when we first started cloth diapering. We were using prefolds and kushie diaper covers. I just cut up one of her fleece blankets (a really cheap one) and used little rectangles of the fleece to put between her and the prefold, cleared it right up. (the fleece keeps skin dry). Now we are using pockets that already have the fleece built it, but still use the prefolds on wash day.

Lisa - posted on 07/07/2010

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You've received some great advice so far. We also use a diaper service, and one thing I do on occasion is add in my own fleece stay-dry liners. You can buy fleece at the fabric store for cheap and cut it up into liners, thereby controlling what goes against your baby's skin. It also makes poop clean-up much, much easier. If it's a wetness issue, the fleece should make a big difference. Also, make sure to give plenty of diaper-free time. Good luck, I hope you're able to stick with cloth!

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Steffany - posted on 01/03/2011

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Wow! Super advice all you moms :). I am currently battling diaper rash. (EEK!) I use desitin max, the zinc is awful for my cloth but using fleece liners and a bio liner with coordinating powder have worked wonders, but I'm banging my head, why didn't I think to strip my diapers as well?! I love using my cloth, but on occasion I have used the sposies since my daughter sleeps 10+hrs. Teething poses a constant problem lately, at 17mos, she's cutting teeth (her eighth is on it's way!). I feel like it's never ending.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/11/2010

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I agree with everyone who suggested fleece liners.
Also, (shhh) I always put a nighttime extra-absorbant disposable on my son for night. He doesn't need a wet bum for 11 hours, nor do I want him to wake me up to change him in the middle of the night.

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I would try a wool diaper cover at night. I was having the same problem with one of my twins and that cleared him up within a week. An Aristocrats cover is my favorite. They are not cheap, but it will last forever. You just hang it up at night to air out and it's good to go the next morning. I would also buy a stick of Magic Stick and give her a coat of it before bedtime. You can also try plain olive oil. Yeast can't grow on it. DO NOT use lanolin with a yeast rash -- yeast LOVES lanolin and it will make the rash worse. I learned that lesson the hard way when I was nursing (and had a yeast infection on my nipples -- OUCH).

Elizabeth - posted on 07/12/2010

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The yeast is spreading, thats what the pimple rash is. Is she breastfed? The yeast could be coming from your breast or if she is on formula from that as well. Chances are you are treating the symptoms but not getting rid of the yeast. See if you can get your hands on a probiotic from your pediatrician.

Liz - posted on 07/09/2010

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We also found that hemp prefolds and wool covers can work wonders. You can also buy hemp inserts.

Liz - posted on 07/09/2010

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My daughter had the same problem. We killed everything on the diapers by boiling them and washing them with a little bleach. What ended up working for us was using both. I do cloth during the day when I can change her as soon as I know she needs it and I use disposable at night when she is going to be in the diaper for a long time. Good luck! Do the best you can and you will figure out what works for you.

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I use a mixture of prefolds with PUL covers and also fitted nappies with extra pads. I find them both really good. I do put a micro fleece liner in as well between her skin and the pads (this acts as a stay dry layer) and we have never had an issue with rash unless she is teething. I do put her in a disposable overnight tho, as i can guarantee she won't wake up damp, as she sleeps 12 hours and would hate her to get cold if they leaked.

Rowena - posted on 07/08/2010

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What kind of wipes are you using? When I was using disposable wipes she would get a rash, when I switched to cloth wipes the rash was gone.

Sarah - posted on 07/08/2010

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fleece is another material that attracts residue from soap. Stripping with a heavy vinegar wash once or twice shodl remove it from your washer AND yoru diapers and fleece. soap residue can cause chemical burns on baby's delicate skin even if you use scent-free, dye free kind it can build up.

Emily - posted on 07/08/2010

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Our pediatrician told us to use Vasoline on our son's bum. How often to you change her cloth diaper?

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2010

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almost always the rash from cloth is from residual soap on the diapers. If you're getting them from a service, the heavy duty soap they use can be caustic on yoru baby's skin if any remains on the diapers. You could try prefolds you wash yourself to see if it is in fact the soap that is burning yoru baby's skin. Use only a fraction of what you'd typically use (about a tsp-tbsp) and add and extra rinse cycle to ensure all soap is out (may have to strip diapers of soap residue if they have gotten built up).
Her bum should be better in no time.

Morgan - posted on 06/28/2010

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In continuation of what Mrs. Bass said regarding yeast and diet, consider offering your daughter Neonate. It's a probiotic specially formulated for infants. It's made by Pharmax and it requires a Rx from a ND or MD. I think you can purchase it off of Amazon or something like that but I wouldn't recommend it. I purchased the pharmaceutical grade supplements for a Naturopathic Speciality Care and Research Center in Seattle and this product really is fantastic. I was on antibiotics durning labor & delivery and then again a few weeks later, so my son's poor tummy was trashed. This really has helped restore some proper bowl function and equipped him to better fight yeast.

Star - posted on 06/27/2010

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We were having the same problem with my son who reacts to disposable diapers. He sweats a LOT and is very sensitive. We found out he was probably allergic to our baby detergent so we switched and washed the diapers/wraps a few times without soap, using bleach in the wash and vinegar in the rinse to kill the yeast and bacteria. We now use Hempy's liners at night and have not had the problem since. if possible, I suggest ditching the service, since you don't know how they clean them and what infections other baby's could give to yours (the diapers get all mixed up and re-distributed). Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 06/26/2010

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my son was in prefolds and covers till we figured out that the constant moisture next to his skin was irritating his sensitive skin. We switched to pocket diapers and cut the amount of rashes in half. The other thing is your daughter may be allergic to the detergent the service uses to clean the diapers (which means you would need to switch service or wash them yourself....) My son is allergic to Allen's Naturally, but Charlie's soap works fine. Hope these help. Both of these will unfortunately mean the service won't work anymore though. sorry. :) HOpe you find a solution soon, it's no fun having constant rashes.

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