Also forgot to mention that DD1 had a rash for months that would go away and then come back. It was a cycle of rash, cream, clear, rash, cream, clear... Finally I took her to the doctors and was told that she had a yeast rash. We used Lotrimin (sp?) for 10 days and I stripped and disinfected her diapers and it went away and stayed away.
I did take her to the doctor once, and it was not yeast, it was just broken skin that had gotten infected. The antibacterial cream he prescribed did clear that up, but then Addy kicked it into her laundry pile and it went through the wash so: no more antibacterial cream.
In addition to finding and using Calgon (results still pending), I also got some diaper liners so that I could be putting balms on her all the time (bonus: MUCH easier poop removal!!!). After a week of mixing in occasional disposables with tons of rash cream, stripping her cloth diapers like a crazy person, using the flushable liners with lanolin or calendula ointment for most daily changes, AND giving her as much air-out time as possible (in old ratty fitteds to contain messes), her current rash is mostly gone. YAY! Now...the test of time.
Okay, I'm losing it. After a brief clear-up with the new changes (frequent changing, liners and ointment in every diaper, lots of air out time, Calgon added to wash, everything stripped to within an inch of its life) we are back to horrible, extremely painful rash. To the point where she's waking up and sobbing intermittently for hours in the night unless I get up and change her multiple times. I'm beginning to think she just has really sensitive skin, and that sitting in wetness at all--especially acidic urine from eating fruit and such, now that she's almost 100% on solids and mostly only BFing at night--is just really a problem for her.
I'm going to get some disposables and try the disposables at night thing first, and see if that helps (I do think it's night and the really long naps she's been taking since she started daycare that are the main points of issue). If not, I might be at the point of giving in to health vs. eco-friendliness and savings. But I'll give the night thing a try first.
I hate this! At least we are working on EC too, so maybe she'll be potty trained in months not years...we'll see.
Do what you have to do to get Addy's skin back in tip top shape and don't feel guilty about it for one second. Just a thought though ... you've probably mentioned it but what diapers are you using at night? Have you tried using a different fabric on her skin overnight?
Can you take a photo of it because it kind of sounds like a yeast infection to me. Are you adding TTO to your wash?
It's not yeast--I did bring her in to the doctor a couple of months ago suspecting yeast, but he said it was just really, really bad skin irritation (and it generally looks the same). Just the same, what is TTO?
Erin, we use Kawaii overnights, which are microfleece, but we've been putting flushable liners in lately so that we can use loads of cream and not ruin the diapers, so the actual layer against her skin the past couple of weeks has been the same no matter what diaper she's in--flushable liner (Bummis). Which doesn't seem to be the problem itself, since first the rash went away, then came back with a vengeance, without anything changing except going to daycare and so taking a really long nap in the afternoon (3-4 hours) instead of two shorter ones in the am and pm.
Oh, and by the way, even though I have stripped every diaper in the house, most of them reek horribly again already--her cotton PFs and her Kawaiis. The ones I send to daycare, her Sunbabies, don't smell--yet--but I just put them through an all day oxy/vinegar soak last week to prep them for daycare (before that, they smelled). They're also the ones she ends up napping in, though, since she falls asleep the millisecond we get in the car.
TTO = tea tree oil
I wonder if she just has super-acidic pee, esp since you said they stink so much.
I would, at the least, go sposie at night but maybe sposie full-time until it clears up then back to cloth during the day.
I understand how frustrating rashes can be and how you hate to see her in pain when you're trying to do what's best for her bum.
I know you don't think it is food, but if she is getting any juice I'd cut it out for a couple weeks and just test it. Between juice and grapes, we fixed 90% of Andrea's trouble a couple of years ago. It might lower the acidity of her pee and poop....
BTW, I just read that cloth diapers should be changed every 2 hours, I know I don't change mine enough!
Big hugs, hope you get it figured out.