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Please, oh please, help me and my dd!<br><br>
Here's the deal: my seven month old dd has bad diaper rash. All the research I've done points to diaper rash. The truth is, I have been struggling with this since day one. It seems to get worse when she's teething (like now). In addition, we EC so she's only in three wet diapers a day (she wets when sleeping) - otherwise, she pees and poops on the potty. Her potty is cleaned with vinegar and water only. When she wakes up wet, I wash off her bum with water and pat it dry. I also use zinc before sleeping as a barrier. I wash her diapers in a tsp of Dreft and don't use dryer sheets. What am I doing wrong?<br><br>
She's also exclusively bf. In terms of diet, I haven't tried eliminating anything and I do eat very limited dairy - yogurt in the morning and some occasional cheese and ice cream. Could that be it? Has anyone else had this problem? I posted awhile ago in LWAB and didn't get any responses. Please help! Thank you diapering goddesses!
 

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I myself like Burt's Bees...could your dd have a yeast diaper rash? It's not painful to the touch and it looks like fierce red bumps. My dd has had two of 'em and the only thing that clears 'em up is to use an antifungal cream twice a day for a few days. but for teething rashes and such, I swear by Burt's Bees...I've also used Weleda Calendula cream and liked it, too, but I like Burt's Bees better. HTH! <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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Have you tried different detergents? I had a hard time figuring out the sorce of my ds's rash until I tried different detergents ending up with 'Planet Ultra Liquid Detergent' - and I was using other enviro friendly products before that.<br>
I also found that an extra soaking before washing helped and using hot water (in case you're not already).
 

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Have you tried putting on plain old lanolin? I know some people say not to use it but its our number one diaper rash fixer.<br><br>
Also, when ds had a rash (always got them when teething) I would put some Dreft in the bath water with him. It really did help.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I got some Badger baby balm (<a href="http://www.badgerbalm.com/baby.html)" target="_blank">http://www.badgerbalm.com/baby.html)</a>, and that did pretty good things for my babe's diaper rash -- went from bumpy/red down to "is that a rash or just naturally dark?"
 

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Your few diapers that you use may have detergent build-up. Put clean diapers in a hot wash with no detergent to see if there are bubbles. If you see bubbles then do the hot washes over and over again until there are no more suds and use very hot water. Then after this use way less detergent. I only can use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in my softened city water. I went through what you are going through and believe me you need to strip. It only takes one diaper with build-up to cause a rash especially if it is worn all night. As for the rash I like Burts Bees diaper oinment. If it doesn't go away with this then it may be yeast and I would use Lotrimin AF cream from the drug store. HTH and good luck!
 

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DD gets the WORST diaper rash when teething ... I mean it is AWFUL. The only thing that has worked for us has been baking soda in the bath water. It works so well that, when I see any redness coming up on her bum, I sprinkle a little baking soda in the wipe solution. It has worked miracles for us.
 

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A couple of ideas from a mom who has battled chronic rashes......<br><br>
If it is dairy, it's in everything. Check your ingredients on any processed foods-lactose, whey, etc, are all dairy ingredients and cause my daughter to reach.<br><br>
Fruit is a big trigger for us. Although you are exclusively breastfeeding, it might be worth a try.<br><br>
I haven't heard great things about washing with Dreft. I'd try stripping the dipes, then washing with a small amount of a regular detergent without enzymes. Avoid the free and clear, natural detergents, anything fancy. I have heard of good results with Sun, and it's cheap.<br><br>
If you are using vinegar when you rinse her, maybe just go to plain water. She may be reacting to that.<br><br>
I'm sorry you are dealing with this, we have struggled with ultra sensitive skin for two years. I do use rash magic cream from <a href="http://www.jacksmagicbeanstalk.com" target="_blank">www.jacksmagicbeanstalk.com</a>, it seems to work well as a barrier cream and is formulated specifically for cloth diapers.
 

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If it is not going away with a zinc cream I would try to rule out a yeast rash before anything else. When you give her a bath put some ground up oatmeal and tea tree oil into the water. Put some tea tree oil into the final rinse of the diaper wash. You can also make a paste with acidophilus and put it onto the rash. Do not put breastmilk onto the rash until yeast has been ruled out, the yeast will feed off of the milk and the rash will worsen. I would also switch from the Dreft to something that doesn't have any perfumes in it. I use Bi-O-Kleem premium laundry powder. It is pricey but it is natural and has grapefruit seed extract to help battle the yeasties. You can also substitute grapefruit seed extract for anyplace I said tea tree oil above. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I also use lanolin for diaper rashes, that and a good bath usually does the trick for us. None of the zinc oxide creams worked for us including Burt's Bees. With my first son, I did not know about lanolin and the only thing that worked for him was the zinc oxide cream topped with baby powder made of cornstarch. Best of luck!
 

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Thank you wise mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I knew I would find what I needed here. Things are much better here thanks to baking soda and tea tree oil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Also, I figured out that I can just put the baby in the shower with me in the morning so she's staying really clean and her skin gets a good massage every day. I really think the info here will be helpful to other parents too. Off to kiss my baby's soft bum! Thanks again!
 

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We've only had one real diaper rash, but it was AWFUL! Cracking...and just fierce looking. I eventually called the ped. who was not concerned about the cracking but instead was worried about the white bumps. They said use Lotrimin on it. The Lotrimin in combo with Burt's Bees Ointment cleared it up...although the crack took a while to heal together.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm so glad the baking soda helped your baby girl! We could NOT live without it, mostly because of all the uses I've discovered for it on MDC ... I've started buying the huge boxes of it from the laundry aisle.
 

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Its me from Arkansas again. In Wal-Mart in there pharmacy section here there is a Zinc Oxide cream simply called Zinc Oxide. It is made by Alpharma. It works because it has 20% zinc oxide where as the baby diaper rash creams only have 1% zinc oxide.
 

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Also, Dreft apparently contains enzymes, optical brighteners, and fragrance. I would think that changing to a different detergent will help:<br><br><a href="http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.co...entchoices.htm</a><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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AHHH! Dump the Dreft (it couldn't be worse for washing dipes!), strip your dipes well and carry on! That sounds like a chemical burn (from the reaction between your dd urine and the crap in the detergent) instead of a rash to me...
 

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Yup, we can't use anythign with enzymes in it. Dreft is not a very good detergent for dipes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So glad the rash is better though!
 

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I agree to make sure it's not yeast. We blowdry DS's butt so it's perfectly dry before diping him. Also, we found that most zinc ointment just wiped off onto his dipe. The only one we have found that stays on so far is "La petite Chevre" that we got at Whole Foods. 40 percent Zinc. Really thick. It's perfumed though, and I didn't realize that until I had bought it. Confession.. I secretly like the smell!! It smells like baby. And I rationalize using a perfumed cream by the fact that you only have to use it once.
 

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If this is a yeast rash, there is a huge possibility that she has oral thrush and you have niple thrush. Check her mouth for small white patched that can be wiped off. If your nipples hurt or itch in any way, otr if they are dry and cracked then you definatly have a yeast infection there. You may also be symptom free.
 
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