Jessica - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )
My son's rash is STILL being persistent! Everytime I think that I've got it figured out, and the rash is completey cleared up, it comes back. It is raw, open blisters all over his bottom! It started the week that we used disposables for vacation (we had no way to wash our diapers) When we got home, we started to use our cloth along with our EC again. Rash cleared up in a week. A couple days later, he woke up from nap with open, pussy blisters all over his private area. He screamed when I put him on the potty, because it hurt so bad :( I took him to the doctor right away and she said it was a bacterial infection. Got meds for that, stripped the diapers with bleach and boiling water. Rash went away. Rash came back. Stripped again with vinegar and boiling water. Rash went away, Rash came back.
I got a new order of Motherease fitteds. Rash went away after using those for a day instead of the prefolds. It would come back any time we used the prefolds. I drove to Cleveland (a three hour drive) to use our old washing machine to strip the diapers (the one we have here is front loader HE and I just find it difficult) There was no soap or residue in the water. I ran them through with boiling water anyway, and sunned them. They still caused the rash to come back. At first it was just the prefolds, but yesterday morning, after being rash free for a few days, my son woke up from spending the night in his typical bum-genius night diaper. His poor little bum was so blistered, it made me cry. He just screams when I clean his bum, his rash is terrible.
I went to a group last night that was having a discussion on cloth diapering, and the ladies there suggested it might be yeast in the diapers. The rash looks nothing like a yeast infection though. I think he may be allergic to the detergent we're using. I also use it for our clothes, and he's been getting a rash on his cheeks and face as well (not as bad as the one on his bum, thank goodness!) I just bought Tiny Bubbles and I'm going to try that instead of our usual detergent. I'm also going to try grapefruit seed extract, in case it is yeast.
I'm just pulling my hair out from this! Jonah is back in disposables until I can figure this out, and I just hate it! He keeps pulling at his pants, and looking like "this is yucky!" not to mention EC is getting really tough.
Just looking to vent, really. Thanks for listening