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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. 8th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
We had rash problems in cotton prefolds with and without fleece liners to keep him more dry. It would clear up after a few days in disposables which was really frustrating when we were first doing cloth. I eventually switched to bumgenius which I think has a suedecloth liner? No more rash. I'm not sure if its the dryness or the material that made the difference.
I've also heard of detergent rashes from Charlie's so it's probably easier to try a different detergent first. When we were having rash problems I also started adding a few drops of tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract to the wash as a disinfectant and it seemed to help a little.

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