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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

manic_geisha
Feb. 11th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Whats the deal with grapefruit seed extract? I'm intrigued.
rachaelhubbard
Feb. 12th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
It's a natural antimicrobial, like Tea Tree Oil... but TTO seems to lose effectiveness when diluted (like, a few drops in a huge load of laundry) whereas GFSE still works to keep things at bay. :) I bought a bottle of it on Amazon for about eight bucks and it's lasted for more than a year.

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