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just started cloth diapering, diaper rash already??

post #1 of 7
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thanks for all your help, we found a better detergent; works great!


Edited by mw-naturalmama - 6/17/12 at 8:26pm
post #2 of 7

Maybe a reaction to detergent buildup or something?  I'd boil the heck out of the prefolds and quit using the pockets altogether until the rash clears.  How often are you changing? 

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That's what I was thinking; detergent build-up. I change her every 2 hours or so. Maybe that's too long to wait? We've switched back to disposables for the time being. I will wash the prefolds in boiling water and see if that helps.

 

Would a hemp or fleece liner used inside the prefolds help?

Or are some babies prone to diaper rashes? Little E has never had anything this bad, this quickly...

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That's what I was thinking; detergent build-up. I change her every 2 hours or so. Maybe that's too long to wait? We've switched back to disposables for the time being. I will wash the prefolds in boiling water and see if that helps.

 

Would a hemp or fleece liner used inside the prefolds help?

Or are some babies prone to diaper rashes? Little E has never had anything this bad, this quickly...


Don't just add boiling water to the washer; actually boil the prefolds.  Put them all in a big pot on the stove and boil for 20 min or so.  You could change the water and repeat if you are seeing detergent scum come out.

 

You could try changing more frequently but given how quickly the rash appeared I'd bet you have a more serious problem than just frequency of changing.  I do aim for about 1.5 hours (2 as a max) but I don't think that's what's going to make the difference here.

 

post #5 of 7

use 1/4 bleach to kill the bacteria.  then double rinse! also get tide!

post #6 of 7

I don't think it's from not changing her enough.  It sounds like detergent build up. 

 

If you don't want to use bleach, you can also use Grapefruit Seed Extract or Tea Tree Oil.  Both kill bacteria.

post #7 of 7

strip them a couple more times with Calgon and no detergent. boiling them also helps but i've never bothered, a calgon hot wash followed by two hot water only washes works ok. the calgon helps get rid of buildup especially if you have hard water.

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