Diaper rash with cloth :(

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Diaper rash with cloth :(

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...

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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.

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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.

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I was thinking heat rash too... Hope you get it figured out soon.

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"mujul79" wrote:

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.

It's not heat rash, but it could easily be hard water...time to try calgon or something, I guess!

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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!!!

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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?)

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If using PF try a cutting up fleece for a liner and it will pull the wetness away from the skin.

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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.

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"morel_baby" wrote:

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'm actually thinking of going this route, at least until I can figure out the hard water issue...it's what I've been doing the past few days since we still have a few left over from our trip, and her butt had gotten so bad it was bloody again, even with air-out time (harder now that she's so mobile and we live in an area where she can't crawl around outside) and mild cloth-safe ointments. Sad

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.

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Aw poor little lady! What you talking about, year and half? She'll be potty trained by 18 months ;).

Do you see any difference depending upon which diaper she's wearing? Do the GMD PFs do it too? I'm asking because Teagan was getting red monkey butt from one kind of pocket. When she's in a PF, does she only get red where the diaper is wet and coming in contact with her skin? If not, its not just a wetness thing. Are you using cloth wipes? Does using them or disposable make any difference. Teagan gets a red butt if I use just water on her cloth wipes. I add a little calendula oil and it clears right up. Did she still have this problem when you were using Rocking Green? Do you have any wool covers? They really help to air out the diaper rather than keeping the moisture against their skin. Little Bird has wool covers by Cloth for Your Angel that I use and like. Teagan wakes up pretty much dry in them most of the time because she'll pee a little at the beginning of the night and it'll evaporate by morning when she goes on the potty.

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A lot of other people have said it, but I also think it might just be the wetness. I know when I've had my DD in sposies for one reason or another (usually traveling), I have to really remember to change her more often when I put her back in cloth.

I'm sorry, Erin, did you say your 9 mos old is using the potty!?!?

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Aw poor little lady! What you talking about, year and half? She'll be potty trained by 18 months ;).

Do you see any difference depending upon which diaper she's wearing? Do the GMD PFs do it too? I'm asking because Teagan was getting red monkey butt from one kind of pocket. When she's in a PF, does she only get red where the diaper is wet and coming in contact with her skin? If not, its not just a wetness thing. Are you using cloth wipes? Does using them or disposable make any difference. Teagan gets a red butt if I use just water on her cloth wipes. I add a little calendula oil and it clears right up. Did she still have this problem when you were using Rocking Green? Do you have any wool covers? They really help to air out the diaper rather than keeping the moisture against their skin. Little Bird has wool covers by Cloth for Your Angel that I use and like. Teagan wakes up pretty much dry in them most of the time because she'll pee a little at the beginning of the night and it'll evaporate by morning when she goes on the potty.

Yes, she did have it with Rockin' Green, although I just bought some more Borax to tide me over because I do think it was better when I was using that. I cannot find Calgon anywhere--where did you get it? I do just use water on her cloth wipes at home (we use cloth at home and disposable wipes in her diaper bag, which I then wash and reuse as disposable liners) I will try calendula oil, although that's what I use for my cloth safe balm (Badger Balm) and it doesn't seem to help much...It's always patchy, not just one big redness, and after a couple of days if I can't get it to go away, her skin breaks open. The best thing besides disposables that I have found to fix it is lots of air-out time, but now that she is so mobile, that is a LOT harder to accomplish. I tried putting her in her high chair for breakfast with just an open PF in the seat, but DH nixed that plan when she pooped up the front and it got all over the straps yesterday (sorry, :puke2: )

I definitely know for sure I'm still struggling with hard water issues, though, and I think that's a good first plan of attack...if I can find some Calgon! But the bottom of my new washing machine is coated in white deposits, and I never have used any detergent in there that isn't totally free and clean rinsing--I've used Arm & Hammer Clean Rinsing, Rockin Green Hard Rock, Soap Nuts, Charlie's, and now I'm on Country Save. The only additive I've ever put in the machine is Borax. So I know it's hard water deposits, not soap. So frustrated...

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"Marite13" wrote:

I'm sorry, Erin, did you say your 9 mos old is using the potty!?!?

We do part time elimination communication. I'm usually able to catch her first morning pee and her daily poop by sticking her right on her little potty when she wakes up and when she indicates that she's about to poop. It's sort of just a parlor trick but cleaning out her potty is soooo much less disgusting than spraying off her diaper. I haven't got a clue if it'll cause her to potty train faster but at least she's practicing and its unlikely she'll be afraid of the potty later on.

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I found Calgon at K-mart. The one on ... erm ... Broadway and Kolb, I think. I could be making that up. OK, google says I'm not lying. Its the only place I've seen it. We've got the ring around the washing machine too. Drives me batty. Adair must just have more sensitive skin. Sorry about the high chair poo-splosion! Do you have tile or linoleum in your kitchen? Could you just let her loose in there? That's pretty much what we do but Teagan also only poops once a day. If she were like a ticking poop bomb I probably wouldn't let her run free so much.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

We do part time elimination communication. I'm usually able to catch her first morning pee and her daily poop by sticking her right on her little potty when she wakes up and when she indicates that she's about to poop. It's sort of just a parlor trick but cleaning out her potty is soooo much less disgusting than spraying off her diaper. I haven't got a clue if it'll cause her to potty train faster but at least she's practicing and its unlikely she'll be afraid of the potty later on.

This is how I feel about EC, but never really got it together when Addy was younger. I have started putting her on first thing in the morning, though (since being reminded by what you said!) and have caught one poop and two pees. Yay! At her one year checkup, Dr. Callie suggested starting to introduce her to the potty, so I guess we're right on schedule (for non-EC babies...oh well). To my surprise, she actually likes it, as long as I let her play with her toothbrush while we wait for something to happen Smile We use a baby seat on the big toilet, not a small potty (our bathroom is TINY) and she always looks surprised and happy when she hears the noise of whatever she just did falling into the water. I think it's a good reinforcement...will be nice if it is, anyway!

Yeah...Addy is a TOTAL ticking poop bomb, hehehe...we do have tile in a lot of the house, but still...yikes. I'm remembering, though, that I have a whole stash of ratty fitteds. I could use those for mealtime diapers and at least get her a little more air time that way, with less risk to the furnishings. The potty time is also air time! Every little bit helps...

Thanks for the tip about KMart. I will check it out!

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I am not much help on the washing. When DD gets a rash, I stick her in sposie for the night with lots of cream.

We however do EC. I started her at 4 months. I switch to cloth because I was tossing out unsoiled sposies. They also get all buched up and look uncomfortable. We average three diapers a day. The odd poo every few weeks.

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I agree that doing sposies at night w/ lots of cream can make a huge difference. I've had good success with Aquaphor too.

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I'd do sposies at night with a hot load of triple paste on her.

Triple paste is AWESOME! I'm a Mom who uses cloth all day and a sposie at night on my kid ~ after having two in cloth full time this is the best, easiest, most wonderful solution for us.

Just like I might use Mama cloth all day, but a tampon at the pool as my kids love to swim, I'm all about doing what works vs. what may be idealistic Smile

Hope her bum improves quickly!

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'd do sposies at night with a hot load of triple paste on her.

Triple paste is AWESOME! I'm a Mom who uses cloth all day and a sposie at night on my kid ~ after having two in cloth full time this is the best, easiest, most wonderful solution for us.

Just like I might use Mama cloth all day, but a tampon at the pool as my kids love to swim, I'm all about doing what works vs. what may be idealistic Smile

Hope her bum improves quickly!

Well to be honest I'm right there with you on the practicality...I do want to see if the Calgon makes a difference first (for my laundry too, frankly!) but if we still have an issue after that, using one sposie per day is not going to kill me, if it's what works for us. We shall see! Thanks for all the help, ladies!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

We do part time elimination communication. I'm usually able to catch her first morning pee and her daily poop by sticking her right on her little potty when she wakes up and when she indicates that she's about to poop. It's sort of just a parlor trick but cleaning out her potty is soooo much less disgusting than spraying off her diaper. I haven't got a clue if it'll cause her to potty train faster but at least she's practicing and its unlikely she'll be afraid of the potty later on.

Hey, that's awesome!

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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.

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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.

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Yay! I'm glad something you're doing is working. Liners do help with the poo removal. We only use them at night because its so hard to get Teagan to sit still long enough to stick a liner in there.

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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. Sad

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Sad

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?

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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?

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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.

SO FRUSTRATING.

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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.
:bigarmhug: 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. Sad

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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.

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Have you tried prefolds at night? It can be done! Teagan gets irritated by most of the pockets we have if she's in them for more than ~2 hours. Even with a liner in there it could be irritating her. I suggest switching to disposables until the rash clears and then slowly introducing cloth again. Maybe start by just doing prefolds at home and then sending cloth to daycare again. You might be able to pinpoint what's going on a little better.

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Heath can not have ANY acid or he gets a rash and it bleeds after the first poo and takes a week to heal if anyone give him some when they don't know. Even tomato powder in ready to eat foods had to be cut out.

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If the antibacterial cream worked before, could you not get some again?
Or get a second opinion on the rash? Months ago, DD had a bad rash under her arm. The doctor said it was yeast and gave us anti-fungal cream. When it did not go away after three weeks, I got her into our GP, and it was a Staph infection. She needed oral antibiotics and cream.

I hope EC helps. I know that if it was not for EC, DD would have bad rash. Just a bit of poop from a fart will make her bum red. When it happens, we go with sposies and lots of cream.

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What about baby powder. DD2 was always a little bit red in the morning. Then I noticed whenever DH got her ready for bed she wasn't at all. The difference was he insisted on baby powder which I avoided. Just make sure it's the corn starch not talc. Fruit really irritates DD's bottom when she poops too. Bamboo fleece was best against her skin anytime she had a rash from fruit for some reason. I thought the pockets would be, but bamboo fitteds were. She is 17 mos now and seems to have mostly outgrown the sensitivity since she rarely gets rashes now.

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Thanks for all the input, guys. I definitely think we have acid sensitivity issues, but I'm not giving her any juice, just fruit. But she LOVES fruit and it is so good for her, so I don't want to stop giving it to her...I just need to find a way for it to not sit on her skin so much. I do change her frequently most of the time, but the new fall asleep in the car and sleep for three hours after daycare thing is where we ran into trouble again.

I have her in sposies now to clear up the rash, which immediately got better and is now down to one little stubborn spot. (Thank god--it was the worst yet. By the time we got to the store to buy disposables, she was screaming and climbing me, trying to get away from the pain. It was horrible.)
When the rash is 100% gone, I'm going to try the sposies at night thing and see if we can keep it down that way. Powder, TTO, and reintroducing one kind of diaper at a time are all good ideas. I actually have some TTO at home--do you put drops straight in your washer? How much?

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I put several drops in the washer. I just shake it a few times and go around the drum. Maybe 10-15??
You can also put it in your wipes solution.
We use powder too, I think it's great for the stay-dry factor. I will put it on over cream if that's needed too.

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I only skimmed through responses, so I don't know if this has been mentioned.

The red flag in your OP for me was the "all natural detergents". We used those and everything was fine for a long time. Then HORRIBLE, bleeding, blistering rashes started on my second son, where he would scream and be in terrible discomfort and pain. We tried creams, different fabrics, etc. I stripped all the diapers so many times. The only thing that helped was switching to 'sposies. I finally found a thread on a message board where they were discussing nearly an identical issue and someone suggested it was the all natural detergent. They said to switch to blue Dawn. I stripped with blue Dawn, and officially made the total switch over. The rash was gone. COMPLETELY! We also started doing 'sposies at night due to irritation from prolonged wetness against his skin, but that wasn't the same type of rash as he was having from the detergent.

According to what I read, when I ended up researching the detergents more fully, many natural detergents don't kill all the bacteria. It doesn't effect some children (my older son had no issues) but the PH levels vary so much from person to person, that other children experience the irritation. In our case, major irritation.

We have only used blue Dawn since. DS2 had no more issues again. DS3 never had an issue at all. I'm a HUGE proponent of blue Dawn now and won't use anything else on my diapers.

Anyway, that was our experience. Good luck.

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You mean blue Dawn dishwashing soap? I have used that once for stripping, and I think it's the only time I ever had NO smell. Worth a shot for sure...how much do you use?

I sent her off to daycare today with her usual sunbabies (first time back in cloth since last week's debacle) so we shall see how it goes...I might do a mega wash of everything right when I get home, with these new tips in mind. Thanks again, all!

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Poor little Adair. Coby has some issues with sensitive skin so I have done the sposie each night route to help him. The cream that I like best is butt paste. Recentaly I have switched my laundry soap from Vaska (have used this for years) to Rocking Green because of stinkies but he is getting rashy again. So I'm thinking of doing Vaska and Rocking Green every other wash.
The Funk Rock helped a lot with stinkies for me, more than the blue dawn ever did. But I have soft water so I'm not sure if that is the difference there.
Oh another thing that has helped coby is to rub his whole body down with olive oil after a bath.
And I make my own wipes, he will get rashy easy if I use sposie wipes too much.
I use 4 cups warm water, 1 squirt baby wash, 1 tablespoon ish of olive oil, 4ish drops of TTO or somtimes I use lavender oil. However I don't like the smell when you mix them, lol.

Hope Adair gets better soon and you can fine a fix.

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yup, blue Dawn dishwashing detergent. I use about 2-3 tbs per load. And we do have hard water, since the PP said she had soft and that might make a difference. And you're right, no smell. Like not even a good or a bad, just nothing but the fabric itself Smile I've never had to strip since using it, since there is nothing to strip out. So some of our diapers went, what, three years with no stripping before DS3 PLd, and we never had one issue with stink or rash or anything.

I hope you find a solution quickly. I always tell people that the hardest thing with cloth is the laundry...not doing laundry, but figuring out HOW to do the laundry with cloth. Once you have that down, you're golden.

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Also, if switching from the "all natural" causes concern, Dawn touts itself as being good for the environment as it is used to clean up oil spills and is safe on animal and plant life. However, if you have qualms about supporting big corporate America...

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Well, I'm as concerned a citizen as anyone, but there is "perfect world" and there is "reality"...at this point, whatever WORKS is what I'm going to do. Thanks again! I washed a bunch of her diapers yesterday in Dawn with TTO (accidentally dumped A LOT in, whoops, so it did kind of smell like TTO--but no stink)

We'll see! Smile

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Kinda off topic but I just thought I'd mention that I found a local store that carries Rockin' Green! Its called Nurturing Nature and its in a strip mall across the street from Toys R' Us on Broadway at Wilmot. You should go there anyway. They have lots of cool stuff!

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I don't know if this would help at all, but do you know how hot your water gets in your washer? I have been having rash issues for a long time (most likely yeast though) and tried EVERYthing and finally realized that putting it on "hot" was more like warm. So I turn our water heater ALL the way up when I do diapers now and then turn it back down when I'm done. I don't do hot washes very often - usually just warm - and it's never been a problem otherwise but I think that was our problem b/c ever since I've done that she hasn't had any rashes.

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"Sabey-baby" wrote:

yup, blue Dawn dishwashing detergent. I use about 2-3 tbs per load. And we do have hard water, since the PP said she had soft and that might make a difference. And you're right, no smell. Like not even a good or a bad, just nothing but the fabric itself Smile I've never had to strip since using it, since there is nothing to strip out. So some of our diapers went, what, three years with no stripping before DS3 PLd, and we never had one issue with stink or rash or anything.

I second the blue dawn. I use RG for my detergent, but about once a month or so, I throw a squirt of blue dawn in my wash, or if I notice they are starting to get stinky. Clears it up right away. Never thought about using it just for the washing though... interesting!

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Back in cloth today for the first time in a week...so far so good (especially since last time I tried putting her back in, she got a bad rash in the 4 hours she was in cloth!) Washed EVERYTHING in Dawn and TTO...fingers crossed...

(Interesting about the hot water heater. I'll have to look into that if this doesn't fix it.)

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I am in need of a solution for rashes here as well. My DD has been getting rashes off and on for weeks now and I cannot figure out the pattern. Her doctor looked at the rash and he suspects a food allergy. My concern all this time is that it has to do with her diapers instead. She eats the same things everyday but the rash is only there some days. She does eat a TON of fruit though and your comments about that has got me thinking.

But like you said, I don't want to stop giving her fruit. She doesn't eat many veggies or meat so what would she eat besides crackers, goldfish, yogurt and cheese?? Tonight alone she ate some of the following: apples, banana, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, blackberries and cherries. The only other things she ate were a few crackers, some cheese, and some pureed squash mixed with yogurt.

So now I am wondering if it's a fruit issue or a diaper (detergent, etc.) issue. I hate diaper rash.

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Joined: 08/26/07
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Kayla I think I read somewhere that a lot of fruit can make their waste acidic which can definitely give them a rash. Hopefully someone else can add or dispute this.

Leigh, I hope everything is going well being back in CDs. KUP!

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Joined: 10/19/09
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I have a crazy fruit lover too (we call her "fruit bat"--did I say that already? This is a long thread!) and I really do think it is related...one of the worst rashes she ever had was after eating 2/3 of a HUGE papaya in 2 days...looked it up on the internet and it is a major diaper rash culprit Sad So, could be fruit, because some are more acidic/problematic than others, you know? Still, I really don't want to stop with fruit, for the nutrition...and the happiness. (Seriously, grocery cart straps are put to the test when we walk through the produce section...)

I did wash ALL her diapers in Dawn and TTO now, and most of them are stinkless (although not the Kawaii inserts, but I'm only doing sposies at night for now so that isn't an issue since they were my night diapers) She's been back in them for two days now--Sunbabies at daycare and PFs at home--and so far so good. She's been a little red but nothing I would call a major issue. Not judging by what we're used to at this point, anyway Sad So...so far so good?

Wow, totally off topic but there is a SPECTACULAR sunset happening right outside the window in front of my computer right now.........couldn't not mention it. Excuse me while I go enjoy it for a minute--DH is putting Addy to bed Smile

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Joined: 10/19/09
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Ugh. I really hate to say it, but I'm pretty much about to give up. I have tried absolutely every single thing suggested here and anywhere else I can find, and her diapers still stink and still aren't absorbing right (I tested absorbency by dropping a little water on a clean one yesterday and was able to walk from the kitchen all the way to show DH in the living room and it never did soak in. Just sat as a bead on the surface, rolling around and eventually off the sides). The super frustrating part is that I have never used ANYTHING on them but cloth-friendly detergents, and my machine is brand new. How did it get this bad??? I know I have really hard water, but it's the same city water that Erin has. :angry5:

Anyway, she's still got a rash and is back in sposies, unless I can come up with a miracle.

Sigh.......

Joined: 11/03/05
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Sorry to hear.
The only thing that I can think of, is that you need something extreme to breakdown the mineral build up.

Thinking outside the box, what if you soaked one in a solution of CLR for a while. Then see if it improves the absorbancy.

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