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About 4 or 5 months ago, my son had a very bad rash on his penis. It seemed to develop rather quickly. He had large, fluid-filled blisters and the area was so swollen he could not pee! He is ECed, and near graduation, so he only spends night time in a diaper. Nevertheless, this was first identified as a yeast rash, so he was prescribed a cream for that. (I would have tried something natural, but when your kid can't even pee...) It seemed to work very well, but then came back even worse, and this time we were told it was a bacterial infection of some kind and he was prescribed a different cream. Again, it appeared to work, but it always came back.<br><br>
I, of course, got the idea that I needed to strip his diapers (prefolds). So I tried all the ways I know how to do it. I washed them tens of times with TTO, then bleach, and many, many VERY hot water only cycles. Still, the problem has kept reoccurring. I never saw bubbles in the washes, but his diapers do smell quite badly after a whole night. I am not sure if this is because they still need more stripping, of if there is something about his urine at night that does this.<br><br>
At some point during the stripping ordeal, I ended up buying a pack of enviro sposies and his rash went away quickly, even without special creams. Now, I am alternating cloth with sposies. Anytime I see that he is getting a little bit red, he wears a sposie the next night. In this way, I have kept the rash at bay.<br><br>
So now I'm getting to the last couple sposies in the package, and I don't want to buy more.<br><br>
What can I do? He is my third child to wear cloth, so I am pretty experienced in wash routines and neither of my other kids ever had any issues with rashes. Certainly, by the time they were nearly out of diapers, they didn't have even a hint of a mild rash. He himself also never had any issues until the last 4-5 months.<br><br>
The only thing that has changed is that we are now living in an apartment building with shared washing facilities. Could there be some kind of bacterial issue with the communal washing machines? If so, shouldn't the bleach have taken care of it anyway? If this is the problem or part of it, what can I do? I cannot have my own washer, nor do I expect that going to another shared machine in a laundromat would be better. Maybe it is something else entirely.<br><br>
Ideas?<br><br>
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We're having the same problem with the rash coming and going and switching from cloth to sposies. I don't know how to tell if the yeast is gone from the dipes or not. We are using Fuzzi Bunz and are switiching to a natural fiber dipe, but sounds like you are already using a natural fiber with prefolds, so that may not be your problem.<br><br>
What kind of covers do you use? Someone on here just advised me that wool was great to use to prevent rashes. I have not tried it yet, but it makes sense!
 

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Thanks for your reply!<br><br>
We mostly use fleece covers, which are quite breathable. We do have wool covers, too, but I haven't found using them makes any difference. My hunch is that there is something going on in the prefolds, either from the washer or from some kind of really stubborn, invisible build-up.<br><br>
As I mentioned, there are never suds in the extra rinses and hot washes I do. If there is still yeast there, I cannot imagine what else could get rid of it, after having done major bleaching multiple times. I have tried different laundry detergents. The ones I've used have all been highly rated for diaper laundry. Still, I thought maybe he was sensitive to something in the detergent, so I tried that. No change. I slather him in diaper creams (cloth-safe ones!!!) every night. I have tried microfleece liners. Nothing. I can hardly believe that now, of all times, when he is only in a diaper at night is when I have these issues. The boy gets TONS of air on his bottom.<br><br>
Anyway.<br><br>
I hope when you switch to the natural diapers it will solve all your issues.<br><br>
GL!
 

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Definetly Clean your washing machine AND remove the dispensers for thorough cleaning. Wipe the inside of the tub out too. (Follow GMD washer cleaner instructions—I’d email Karen for her write-up)<br>
Two options I think: Change detergents and use MUCH LESS detergent than called for with just a spot of vinegar.<br>
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Make the switch to a CLEAN RINSING PRODUCT (again to the GMD write-up on cloth diaper care—it’s great). While your son is in the sposies (God forbid). Strip and wash all dipes with the clean rinse product and make sure you switch your family clothing and cloth to it too so that build-up from the other clothes do not get on the dipes.<br>
Beyond that—buy brand new prefolds and prep then wash with clean rinse product for a fresh start.
 

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Thanks for your reply! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
I have already changed detergents a few times (all the ones I tried were detergents well-rated for cloth), and I already use a *very* small amount of detergent. I can try adding vinegar, though. That is something to try. I have used a number of different detergents in the past eight years or so I have been CDing (always using a tiny amount) and, until now, never had any build-up issues. I even used an environmental detergent that is notorious for causing build-up, but I didn't have problems.<br><br>
I can wipe out my machine, but there are no dispensers and I am not sure it will do any good since I share the machine with everyone in my building. They are, of course, free to use whatever type of detergent they like and as much as they like. On the GMD site, Karen mentions that Charlie's soap (I guess that is what you mean by a "clean rinsing product".) is not good for shared washing facilities, so I don't think that will work for me.<br><br>
I actually already have new prefolds, but I am hesitant to use them since I assume they will soon develop the same issue, especially since it may be the shared washer that is causing all this.<br><br>
Actually, I am glad you directed me to the GMD articles. Reading them has reinforced my hunch that this is being caused by the shared facilities in my new apartment building. If my hunch is correct, I am not sure I can do much. Just this morning I went down to do a load and saw my neighbor's laundry in the machine that was very sudsy and heavily fragranced like regular mainstream detergents are. Who knows what kind of enzymes or whiteners might be in his detergent!<br><br>
Any miracle solutions for me? Anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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iif he only uses them at night, and only one a night....can you hand wash in your sink? that would eliminate the shared facilities. you could wash then boil in a pot.
 

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Yes, I guess I could. We also use family bathroom wipes, so it seems a shame to do this laundry by hand, when I am already doing a regular "diaper" load.<br><br>
It's guess it is worth trying, but I'm not looking forward to it. LOL
 

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something that stood out to me was that you mentioned that with the sposie it is keeping the rash at bay? Is it possible that he is wetting/staying wet too long at night. I had a heavy night wetter and had to change him frequently at night time when using CD or risk getting a rash. Something about his body heat and how heavy a wetter/concentrated his urine was just enough to bring on the rashes. We had the same problem and it took us awhile to figure out that he just needed to be changed more often at night.
 

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It's possible, but I doubt it since he was always fine wearing the same diaper all night before. When he first started having issues with it, I did change him more frequently at night (once or twice), but it didn't help. Also, it has been my experience that rashes that are the result of simple overexposure to urine clear up quickly when kept dry and allowed to air out. This rash is a whole 'nother thing. Air does nothing for it.<br><br>
I may try the hand-washing plan, otherwise I may just keep doing what I'm doing. Maybe I'll start praying we can move somewhere I can have my own washing machine. Maybe I'll try to get him to go potty at night.
 

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Hi, I know your post is really old but I was on here looking for information about a rash that my son has had and I ran across yours. My son is 18 months old and has had a re-occurring bacterial infection for about 3 months now. Mostly on his bum but occasionally on his penis, 2x causing bleeding from there. He's in FuzziBunz OS during the day and BG 3.0 at night. I know it's bacterial because the pediatrician cultured it. It was nothing special, just the sort of bacteria one would assume would be on the bum. It starts as redness and then goes into little blisters like you described. Then they scab over and eventually clear up but only with prescription ointment (mupirocin). Right now I've committed to disposables for a little while to get it good and healed but then I want to start with cloth again. I figured I would bleach the inserts before I go ahead. Any other advice? Did your son's rash clear eventually?
 
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