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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.


Feb. 9th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
I've heard several people here talk about having terrible rashes with Charlie's, and we had the same problem when we used it (bought some samples of a variety to see what would work best). We use and really like Allen's Naturally, which is a very cheap detergent if you have an HE machine. You can get Allen's as a quart and you can buy a 'travel pack' of single-load size bottles to just try it out.

I've also heard good things about the Tiny Bubbles detergent, and a lot of people here use All Free & Clear, which you can get at Wal-Mart. Some people also swear by original Tide, but I think they just reformulated it to be extra strong and that it's not as good as it used to be.

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