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Mysterious cloth-diaper-hating rash

My daughter has had a really aggressive nasty rash/yeast infection for MONTHS. We had seriously tried just about everything to make it go away--different ointments, creams, we took her to a dermatologist, and literally nothing was working. We thought maybe there was some lingering infection clinging to our cloth diapers, so we stripped them, but still no dice.

Two weeks ago, we went away for the weekend, and only took disposables with us, so we wouldn't have to travel with a bunch of diapers. After two days of disposables and Aquaphor (we had forgotten her dermatologist-prescribed rash cream at home) the rash was making drastic improvements. So when we got home, we kept her in disposables and Aquaphor. Two weeks later, it's almost entirely gone.

So, what gives? We love our cloth diapers, and we'll be going back to them as soon as this rash is gone for good, but I am just baffled as to why nothing we tried worked at all until we switched to disposables.

Any ideas?

Edit: I should have added, we use GroVia All-in-Twos, almost exclusively, and Charlie's soap.

Comments

rachaelhubbard
Feb. 9th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Poor thing! :( Hope she heals up well.

We got some Nystatin powder prescribed which worked the BEST - but it's prescription only and a tiiiiiny bottle. There is an OTC product available called something like X-orb that is also a non-cornstarch antifungal powder. It's not cheap, but it did work very well. I just had to be super careful about not using too much or it would irritate my son's skin (and he is not a sensitive skinned kid).
teacup9
Feb. 9th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
My friend who has chubby babies (mine are thin so I am so confused) raves about the powder. I actually prefer prescription, because I have full coverage so that might work much better for us :) And no worries, my baby is happy as a lark. She just looks awful. She was wiggling around all giggles on the exam table when it was so bad it looked like a chemical burn. I do need to do more research about preventative. This doctor made a face when I mentioned cloth diapers and said "well hopefully you won't have to do that." She isn't what I'd call a good listener either, but her Rx have been healing the babes so far so I figured I'd finish this round with her and look for someone better another time.
rachaelhubbard
Feb. 9th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I have full coverage too, the Nystatin is only like $5 a pop, so not bad - it's just ANNOYINGLY small for how often I found myself using it. :) Something in a bigger container worked better for us!

That's too bad about your doc. My pediatrician just sort of blindly assumed that cloth diapers = problem free skin! which created it's own set of problems when we started with the yeast thing... it would have been helpful if she had known that it is a relatively common issue. =/ Instead I had to parse it out myself with months of trial and error and emailing various cloth diaper websites/detergent manufacturers.

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