Posted by KarenC on September 20, 19103 at 08:38:30:
In Reply to: rash posted by Ruths mommy on September 20, 19103 at 00:14:05:
If you've tried all the traditional rash remedies (bare bum time, ointments, plain water instead of chemical wipes etc...) and the rash still leaves and comes back in the same spot there is a good chance that it is yeast. Have a doctor check it out. If it is yeast he may give you a preion for an anti-yeast creme or he may tell you to use one for feminine yeast infections (they're basically the same apparently, though I'd at least consult a doc before just going out and trying one). Yeast rashes won't go away on their own or with any traditional rash remedies, you have to kill the yeast and it's pretty resistant!
You'll have to treat your diapers as well in order to ensure your daughter doesn't get re-infected from them. Normal hot water washes do kill germs but not yeast. You can iron your diapers (better than boiling cause you're not exposing the snaps to such high heat, which can cause them to break, plus it's easier) with lots of hot steam. You can also use tea tree oil to kill the yeast in the wash. I've never used it myself but I believe that the dosage is about 20 drops in the washer. Some also use it in a homemade wipes solution to keep the solution fresh and it also helps kill yeast on the skin (I think the dosage here is 1 drop per one or two cups water).
If it's not yeast try changing a little more frequently (generally speaking cloth does require slightly more frequently changes to prevent irratation), airing out her bum when you can, skip using commercial wipes and just use washcloths with plain water, use a stay-dry liner for long periods in a diaper (you can make your own fleece liners very easily by just cutting some fleece to the size you need, no sewing needed cause fleece won't unravel).