Help! We always struggle with diaper rash, and I just figured it was diet/sensitivity (she is obsessed with fruit, and has definitely had some clear monkeybutt reactions to too much of one thing or another.) We just went on a two week vacation, and I brought disposables, not wanting to lug around dirty diapers and/or have to deal with washing in someone else's machine. No diaper rash at all for two weeks. Brought her home, put her in cloth, next day: diaper rash.
The diapers I'm using I recently boiled and stripped (...due to diaper rash so bad she needed antibiotics), so I can't think it's that they're not clean enough...she's in a mix of sunbabies, Kawaiis (night only), and organic PFs from GMD. My wash routine is cold rinse, hot wash, extra rinse. I have tried numerous detergents, all the natural clean rinsing ones, and she's had diaper rash with all of them, so I don't think it's that...is it just the sitting in more moisture factor??? Any thoughts or advice?? I am so pro-cloth, but if I can't figure this out, I'm not sure I can stick with it for another year and a half if it means constant rash, either...
Heat rash perhaps? I've found that if Aiden is going to be outside at all now that it's 100+ (also an issue for you in Tuscon lol) I have to be a bit more picky about what diaper he's in or he'll get red on his bum. We don't have any issues with this in disposables, but with cloth there's a tighter fit and a few more layers down there.
I had to change my son every 90 min or he got a rash. Armerhammer with baking soda free was the only detergent that did not do that to him. What are you stripping with? I had to do a viniger wash in with my diaeprs because it was the hard water deposits causing the issues.
I washed with only calgon (cap full) a cup of white vinigar and ten drops of TTO only for every wash for a year when we lived in an appt that had hardwater so bad that I could see deposits on cloths if we hung them to dry!!!
DD2 was like that, I think it was the wetness cause it was definitely worse when she wore prefolds vs pocket diapers with a stay dry liner, but she'd still get a rash with pockets unless I changed her every 2 hours the entire time she was in diapers. She still gets rashes easily though. She's just getting over a rash she got from a new pair of underwear (looks like the elastic is what did it?)
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
If using PF try a cutting up fleece for a liner and it will pull the wetness away from the skin.
You can also try putting her in a disposable just at night lathered up with cream to recondition the skin once a day. Occasionally my girls would get a rash and we would get rid of it just by having them lathered in diaper cream at night. My favorite to use was aquafor (sp?) It worked quickly every time. It sounds like it could be the wetness against the skin. My girls did fine in something that wicked the moisture away, but they couldn't use prefolds or fitted diapers without getting sore. Fleece cut up and put in the diaper would be worht a try.
I don't think fleece would help since she's in microfleece pocket diapers about 70% of the time right now and we're still having this problem.