Hey everyone. Sigh. I'm quite frustrated. I've successfully cloth diapered two of my children, all their lives. We have never had a problem with rash.
My third child, is 5 months now. We have been using the same as we used for our other children:
-PUL covers (classic prorap, wonderwrap, or thristies cover)
Baby has had a rash since he was about 2 months old! I'm going nuts. We switched to Huggies disposables and after nearly 2 weeks, the rash was almost gone, so I switched back to cloth (after having washed them in "Arm & Hammer - Sensitive Skin").
Overnight, the rash is back in full swing! He has severe redness on his thighs (not in the creases), and on the front, where a bikini would go, above the scrotum and below his belly button - in a triangle shape. I've been to the doc twice.
First time they gave me hydrocortisone which I only used once. Didn't do anything and I don't want to use it because it's steroids.
Second time he thought baby was allergic to my homemade deterget (1 Fels-Naptha soap bar; 1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda; ½ Cup Borax). Doc thought that the Fels-Naptha soap is drying the skin out and is too harsh for cloth diapers, even though there is no rash when baby wears clothes washed in the same solution. Is it maybe the BORAX?
Maybe I am not stripping the diapers properly? Where can I find instructions on how to strip cloth diapers?
What about the covers? Maybe he is allergic to the covers.
I did purchase a couple more wool covers, but haven't lanolized them yet (on the to-do list for today), but I did not notice a big improvement on the rash last time I used my wool covers for a few days in a row.
Detergent: I'm thinking of creating my own detergent with equal parts of: baking soda, washing soda, and oxyclean (substituting baking soda for borax in this recipe: http://www.etsy.com/listing/38524545/cloth-diaper-laundry-detergent-recipe)
I've also heard of Crunchy Clean, but I feel stupid paying $$ for that, when all it is, is homemade detergent using the above 3 ingredients. I think this type of simple detergent, added with CALGON for our hard water (in Texas) should be fine, but I'm almost getting very tired of experimenting and am just putting him in disposables until I figure this jazz out.
Also googled and found some moms say a fleece liner should do the trick. I wonder about this, since the rash is also on the thighs, kind of where the diaper rubs against, so I don't think a fleece liner would do the trick, unless I sewed an entire fleece lining into my existing prefolds.
I've had most of these prefolds for 5 years, so maybe it's just time to get new ones? Idk. Feel like I'm failing cloth diapering, when I've been doing it for 5 years and should be getting better at it, not worse!!