CD's and Diaper rash

Liz - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My DD has bad diaper rash. She has for almost 3 weeks. We have tried air time, butt paste, diaper rash cream, aquaphore and cornstarch, and some rx my dr. prescribed. I called my dr today and her nurse recommended the aquaphor and cornstarch and if it's not better by morning they are going to call in a new RX. My question is do you think it could be the CD's? I use prefolds w/ Thirsty's covers. I read somewhere if diaper rash is a problem you should boil the diapers. Any advice?

Thanks!

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Jill - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son kept getting diaper rash until I found out it could be I wasn't rinsing the cloth diapers enough.  I do a cold quick wash with detergent (1/3 normal amount, using Eco brand), a heavy hot wash with detergent, then I run it through the quick cycle again with no detergent.  I used to just do an extra rinse cycle, but that wasn't enough.  I actually had to do a 3rd wash cycle but with no detergent to get all the soap out of the diapers.  Since then, NO diaper rash, no problems.



HTH!

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2009

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ditto on what Jessica said about the fleece liner & just buying a piece of cloth!  My son a very sensitive bottom since he was born and I tried disposables and cloth and it didn't seem to matter.  What did seem to help was wiping only with wet fleece squares, putting fleece liners in his diapers (don't cut them as wide as your diaper or the urine will wick out the diaper).  Also, I found it best to use diaper rash every night or when he was going to be sitting in a diaper for a while.   The diaper creams that have zinc in them seem to help the best!

Heidi - posted on 02/07/2009

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We're battling diaper rash right now too, with using fitteds.  I'm about to switch him soley to pockets, b/c I do think it gets the moisture away quicker.  I bet that's a problem with the prefolds- once they get wet the moisture has nowhere to go.  I'd try switching to pockets to see if that helps.  We're also using a natural remedy- olive oil, along with extra naked time...

Tammy - posted on 02/07/2009

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I was using Thirsties as well.  Is the rash primarily where her skin comes in cotact with the PUL wrap?  My son, was getting rashes on his abdomen, not on his bum.  Then it started all around the leg elastic.  I soaked, rinsed, cleansed those covers every which way and it would just get worse.  I completely quit using them and the rash went away.  Call me crazy, but I swear it is a developed sensitivity to the PUL.  Stop using wipes and just use cloth.  That will help reduce the irritation as well.  I recommend going to a wool wrap.

Beth - posted on 02/06/2009

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We have wrestled with diaper rash with both of my kids for a few different reason. My daughter has been on antibiotics quite a bit and each time they have caused a yeast rash. I just get over the counter antifungal cream (yup, like for athletes foot). My dr said he could perscribe something but the over the counter stuff was much cheaper and should be strong enough. It's worked every time, we just apply it in a light layer twice a day.



My son though just has sensative skin and is constantly battling rash. It can be too much fruit, sitting in a dirty diaper for more than a couple minutes, or not having enough baths in a week. He also had a problem after he had been in prefolds for a couple of weeks with the wetness of the prefolds after being used to being dry in pocket diaper. For him, we use fitteds to make sure he airs out and a diaper cream for cloth, Northern Essence or Grandma El's. The thick white creams are too heavy and don't let his skin breath.

Natalie - posted on 02/06/2009

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We use Bumgenius all-in-ones and have not had much trouble with diaper rash. Recently though the amount of solids she is eating has made a big difference in her "loads" and we've been dealing with a rash this week. We keep some sposies on hand so we switched her out of the CDs for a few days to better keep the moisture away. I've also been using A+D or Butt Paste during the day and Aquaphor at night. It seems to be helping. I haven't heard of boiling though. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2009

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My daughter just got over a persistant rash. We found out it could have been the tea tree oil drops we'd been adding to the wash. We soaked the diapers for 15 mintues in a diluted bleach solution, then washed them on hot, hot, hot with 2 drops of Dawn dishsoap. We then did an extra rinse (maybe 2?) and dried them. The rash was gone within a couple of days along with cream that contained calendula (from my naturopath). It's time consuming, but totally worth it!

Anne - posted on 02/04/2009

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It could be what you're eating as well, check your diet as acidic foods could cause the rash. We use Burts Bees Baby Bee diaper ointment (try www.luckyvitamin.com) - it's SUPER thick and doesn't rub off between changes - it keeps a barrier between the skin and the diaper to protect against moisture. Most diaper rash creams/ointments wear off between changes and just make things persist. Give this a try, we swear by it. Good luck!

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I use the exact same system, prefolds w/ Thirsties. My little one started to get constant rashes that wouldn't go away and I am convinced it was a detergent build up in the PFs. I found a great option for freshening them up on diaperpin.com that I posted on my blog. Since it's so long, I'll link it: http://anniemm.typepad.com/running_with_...

Try this out if you can! I was so happy with the results and she hasn't had another rash in a week since I've done it!

Rebekah - posted on 01/28/2009

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The best thing to do is let the skin air out. When this happened with my daughter we let her be naked as much as possible, At night, let them sleep with no bottom, only a shirt. Put a large matress over down, and a towel on top. The night time is when the mosture eats the skin up beacue its so long between changes. It helped so much!



To get rid of the rash my doc said, naked as much as possible, use a mix of hidrocrtisone cream 1%, zinc oxide rash cream, and Tolnaftate Cream 1% (tanatin athleets feet cream).



When the rash is that bad, there is usually a fungus involved from the mosture, same as what happens with athletes feet...knda gross but true!



The best thing is letting the skin air out, I cant stress tha enough! keeping the mosture away from the skin, and keeping it protected it the best thing to do.



It can be messy but worth it for your babies!!!

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There are a few variants of 'diaper rash' , such as thrush (yeast rash), impetaigo & others - which you should get ruled out by you doctor/nurse.  If it is straight daiper rash, we found the following helped with our son:



Change nappies regularly, and straight away after a poo
Using a washing detergent for the daipers that didn't have enzymes
Liners - we generally use fleece, but for a while we were adding disposable ones (you can get flushable liners from some places). I've heard that raw silk liners can be really soothing.
Rash ointment (but not slathers of it), one with an antiseptic in it
Plenty of tummy time with no daiper on
Disposables at night/bedtime



This site http://www.thenappylady.co.uk/ has a lot of tips



Most of the problems we had were when our son was quite young

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If she has had it for 3 weeks, it could be a yeast rash. If it is a yeast rash, you need to stop the cornstarch since that just feeds the yeast. I've used a homemade ointment that you can use for thrush on the nipple and on the bum. Equal parts bacitracin (antibiotic), clotrimazole (antifungal, brand name Lotramin AF), cortizone 1% (steroid, anti-itch.) This usually starts clearing it up overnight.

You can boil the prefolds to get rid of the yeast. Another way is to soak them in a solution of grapefruit seed extract. Yet another way is adding a capful of bleach to your wash. Yeast can be tenacious. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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What could be causing the rash is the wetness against your baby's skin.  I have every kind of cloth diaper and I have found that the prefolds allow the wetness to stay against my son's skin.  When I use a prefold I use a fleece liner.  It allows the wetness to pass through, but not be absorbed by the liner and keeps baby's skin dry.  You can go to a fabric store and buy fleece and cut it to fit into the pre-fold.  Or you can go to this website: 



http://www.thenaturallifestore.com/catal... 



I believe it is a pack of 6, but I am not quite sure.  Also if you are using ointments and stuff you would want a liner. 

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