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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 10:25 pm (UTC)
Try a different detergent. I'd use Tide for awhile to get them clean. Natural soaps are great, I use country save, but they can have a hard time getting them super clean if the water is not super hot. I started alternating country save with Tide when my daughter was 8 months old. I haven't had a single rash since then and she was in diapers until 26 months and my son is now 24 months. If you do not want to try Tide, try adding boiling hot water for a few washes. We had the opposite occurred. We went on a trip and used disposables and that's when my son got his first rash.

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