Rash with cloth diapers

Holley - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hey ladies! Sorry if this issue has been addressed, but I'm having trouble with my cloth diapers causing a rash on my little girl. We went about 2 months without any problems. It looks like the yeast-type rash. I change them regularly. When I wash them, I do a cold rinse with Charlie's Soap, then a hot wash with very little Whoolite, then another rinse with a bit of vinegar. I can't figure out if I'm not washing them correctly or if she is having a reaction to the detergent or what. Any suggestions?


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Vilate - posted on 07/02/2009




I want to second the wool covers. If you are using a diaper that is and AIO or a pocket diaper or a cover that is waterproof you are trapping in the dampness and the heat making a great place for yeast to grow.

I would suggest changing to a fitted with a wool cover. I love my fitteds with wool! We have not had any rashes or leaks since we started using this system.

I would also try to change the laundry soap. Some times different soaps have enzymes in them. These enzymes are there to eat the bacteria off our clothes which is good, but they linger on the fabric and when you put it next to baby's skin it will literally eat the natural bacterias right off thier bums resulting in awful rashes!

I would suggest changing out your detergent for a different one that is enzyme free.

I also suggest sunning them along with a few drops of tea tree oil in the wash. The tea tree oil is an anti-bacterial and will help to kill the yeast in the diapers!

I have a webpage that has tons of info on it. It has a list of detergents that are enzyme free along with tons of info on types of diaper. There is also a page about wool covers.

Go have a look-see and then let me know if it helped at all and if you have any other questions.

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It sounds like you may need a trip to the docter if it is yeast.

Also she may be having a reaction to Charlie's Soap. I have heard of children getting chemical burns and causing genital scarring. I too used Charlies soap. I never had any problems but other mammas have. Usually when not using Charlie's soap exclusively. I switched to Country Save and haven't had any problems

Megan - posted on 06/28/2009




If is is yeast you may need to get some monistat cream or something, but ask the doc. Try switching detergents to and "sunning" the diapers If is yeast you have to kill it all or it wont go away and sometimes natural soaps don't kill all the lil buggers. Plus try leaving her diaper free for about 15 minutes between diaper changes and try to make sure her bottom is dry between changes! Also- could it be the woolite? I think that stuff is kid of harsh on skin... Also - do you use any lotions or baby soaps on her that could cause a reaction?

Kelly - posted on 06/28/2009




My daughter had issues. We switched to wool covers to allow her bottom to always breathe. We also used ointments from our naturopath to clear things up. It wasn't food because the rash would appear and disappear without warning. We finally figured it was the detergent (liquid Bio Kleen). The grapefruit seed extract was irritating her. We also use Charlie's, but do not combine anything with it. Good luck. I highly recommend wool covers!

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