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#1 of 13 Old 10-29-2007, 03:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been using Fuzzi Bunz primarily, and prefolds secondarily. My son last week had a terrible rash which turned yeasty. For over a week I tried to do away with it. He was naked most of the day and slept in a prefold with no cover to allow breathing, but still it got worse. He was miserable. Finally we broke down and bought a small packet of disposables and smothered him in ointment with a tiny bit of yeast-infection medicine. It went away in two days. The problem? Now I am unsure of how to treat his diapers. Will the yeast infection return if I don't completely kill it from his diapers? How can I be sure it's gone? I'm about to run out of the 'sposies (thank God) and I need to know what to do. TIA.

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No advice? How do you treat diapers after a yeast infection to kill it?

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I used to suffer from horrible recurrent YIs...my urologist suggested microwaving my panties for 30 seconds before I wore them to kill the yeast. Might this work on diapers as well?

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You could use a little bleach. 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup or so diluted in water won't hurt your dipes. I know quite a few women who use 1 to 2 tbsp every load and have no problems. HTH!
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My DD had a yeast rash and we used some bleach in the wash with her dipes...it definitely helped!!
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We had the same problem for months with my daughter. Just add a tad of bleach and it should help!
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Bleach, and you can also try sunning them. HTH!
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2 things kill yeast: very very hot water and bleach. You either need to boil your dipes or bleach them.

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Thanks so much! I will try bleaching and boiling them both if it will kill the stuff!

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Actually, you want to use vinegar, not bleach. Microwaving also works for things you don't have to worry about. I wouldn't micro anything with PUL, personally. Here's a quick google on it:

http://www.google.com/search?q=vineg...ient=firefox-a
http://www.askdrsears.com/search.asp (search yeast cloth diaper)

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Would diluted bleach work even with colored pocket diapers? I shudder to think about the damage bleach could cause to my much-loved and very pampered Fuzzi Bunz.
We too are battling yeast and it is AWFUL!
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I had the same problem and used approx. 1/4 cup of bleach with my fuzzibunz. It worked great. It did not discolor them at all. I think it will discolor them if you go over board and use too much bleach though.

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I am not a fan of bleach on cloth dipes at all. I had a similar problem with my dd and ds (both in cloth, both came down with yeasty rashes and gave me thrush at the same time - NOT fun!) What really woked well and quickly without resorting to bleach (and also was used medicinally on the rashes) was Grapefruit seed extract. I added it to my wash loads every time I washed until the rash went away ( a few days) and also made a very weak solution that is used to wash the rashy areas every diaper change. No need for steroidal creams, bleach, etc. You can ususally find GSE on ebay cheapest. Good luck!
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