DS has had a diaper rash for over a month. We have tried EVERYTHING. 2 weeks ago we took him to the ped and got a script for antifungal cream b/c the ped thought it was yeast. It got a little better, then started to get worse again. I've treated all my dipes for yeast with GSE and he was in sposies for 2 weeks until yesterday. We took him back to the ped yesterday and he no longer thinks it is yeast. We've been told to use hydrocortisone but have only done so a handful of times and I'm not wild about continuing to use it. We need to get to the bottom of this.
I will try to take a pic later, but the rash is very fine dots like sandpaper in some places, solid red and burned looking in others. It extends across the area between his waistline and his genitals, from one thigh to the other. It is not in the folds of his thighs at all. His bum is not affected. It comes and goes during the day - worsens and improves and not for any reason that we can tell.
ETA: pic1 pic2
We have hard water. I use Biokleen, Calgon water softener, and BS and vinegar in various stages of my wash routine. This hasn't changed since he was born.
I CD'd DD as well, but only used green-edged prefolds with her in the beginning, then switched to the blue-edged. Back then I used All detergent.
: (but it worked for us at the time) DS's stash was mostly new in the beginning - orange and yellow edged prefolds and new fitteds, etc. We used the green-edged prefolds on him occasionally, but not often.
Right about the same time this rash started I got out our blue-edged prefolds for him. When I found them I realized how perfumey they were with the All, even though I had stripped them before I put them into storage. I've done some mini-stripping since then and they aren't perfumey anymore, and I don't think they're holding on to suds.
This afternoon I had the revelation that maybe the blue-edged diapers are the problem. Maybe he is reacting to the All or something gross living in them (however, our hot water heater is up pretty high and they've all been treated with GSE). I thought of this partly because the rashy area in pic #2 is new as of today and makes the whole thing look even more like a contact rash. Anyway, the main hole in this theory is why did he not manage to totally improve during the 2 weeks in sposies?
I'm considering ordering a dozen new prefolds and only using those on him as a test, but is that a waste of money? If it was something about the detergent, wouldn't 2 weeks in sposies be enough time for the rash to completely clear?
Thanks for any insight - this is driving me crazy. Fortunately it doesn't seem to bother him (no itching or pain that I can tell) but I just want my baby's skin to be healed.