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As a lot of you guys know, we started cloth diapering about 2-3 weeks ago. We use NBCPF with pro-wrap classics. Within the last 24 hours my DS has developed a wicked, wicked diaper rash. He has NEVER, in all his 18months, had so much as a hint of diaper rash. I must be doing something wrong. 1) What do I do to clear it up? & 2) How do I prevent it from happening again. DH thinks it's the cloth diapers & wants me to switch back to the icky throw-away kind but I really, really, really don't want to! Help!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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I would check a few things:<br><br>
1) build-up. If you have detergent build up then you need to strip your dipes. Do a search for this on this forum, there are tons of threads. Basically I would get some Calgon Water Softener (in the laundry aisle) and do a hot soak with some of this over night and check for suds. If you have suds, you have buildup, so just keep doing hot rinses until the suds are gone. You can also use vinegar or baking soda (often actually, to prevent build up after they are stipped).<br><br>
2) Are you changing him often? We change every 1 1/2 to 2 hours or when he poops.<br><br>
3) If you are using fleece, do you think he's allergic? I have no experience with this, to tell you what it looks like.<br><br>
Good Luck! I know that there are more experienced Mamas who will have some more input to help you!
 

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I use vinegar everytime I wash. I always do a second rinse adding vinegar. I also sprinkle baking soda in my diaper pail and it gets put into the wash with the diapers. I am in the middle of diapers now. I noticed, that even on the final rinse there were suds so I'm just going to keep washing/rinsing with vinegar until suds are gone. So, am I probably using too much detergent when I wash?<br><br>
I went back through some of the archives and found a suggestion to use a diluted vinegar solution on ds's bum to kill the bacteria. We did a vinegar bum wash before bed tonight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Hope it helps, he was in an awful lot of pain this evening. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Thanks for the advice!
 

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There's also a chance that it has nothing to do with your diapers. Did you recently change something in his diet (or your diet if you are nursing)? Is he starting to drool more (swallowing more saliva can sometimes change poo). Did you miss a poo and let him sit in it a little longer than usual? Try any new wipe/solutions lately? Try a new dipe made of a different fabric? New, less breathable cover?<br><br>
If the rash was all of a sudden, and wasn't there immediately when you made the switch to cloth, I would think it would be related to some very recent change.<br><br>
As far as your wash routine, I would recommend eliminating vinegar from your final rinse as it is acidic and may irritate. Use it in the first rinse, then do a 2nd with nothing but water and you may have better results.<br><br>
HTH! Good luck!
 

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if your using vinegar and you have problems, stop using it, and if your not using it and your having problems then start using it. I was NOT having problems and started using it (trying to soften stuff up) and well I started having problems, I no longer use it and my problems went away.<br><br>
However if you are having suds then build up is a big problem. I don't know what type of detergent your using, but a while back there was a link about tide (although I am sure it would be the same for ANY detergent) and how it spilled (liquid) in a dogs cage and how it BURNED the dog very badly (of course the owners were gone for hours and didn't know/couldn't help or wash it off. We made the comparison that if you have detergent build up on a diaper that is wet against the skin for periods of time (even if it is only a little while before you change him after he is wet) it will do the same thing (only on a smaller scale) to a babies bum. SO detergent build up can be a BIG cause and be really serious on a bum. Remember your only supposed to use 1/4 the amount of a regular load of laundry for diapers, I always rinse twice to make sure I have it all out, or at least check for suds.<br><br>
Now if the stripping doesn't work, if your still having rash problems after no suds in the diapers, I would look in to yeast. It can be ugly and a problem in both cloth or sposies. Now if he is on antibiodics or anything like that that would throw off his bacteria balance, that could also be a cause. I always try yogurt first that can clear up yeast if it is minor, if it is major talk to a Dr and they can give you a cream for it that will help TONS! GOOD LUCK it is no fun to have a baby with a sore bum! ~
 

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When dd gets a rash, I use a grape seed oil and lavender mixture. Works wonders! Any type of rash is gone in one day.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to you and your son, hope he feels better soon!
 

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I'm suspicious of the vinegar??? If you want a disenfecitng agent 20 drops tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract in second rinse might be a gentler alternative. If you are using it to remove detergent, then 1/4 cup calgon water softener in the wash cycle might do the trick.
 

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When we switched from thin Gerber prefolds to real prefolds (4x8x4s) I didn't realize I needed to change my washing routine and we got a build up very quickly. So I totally sympathize with what you're going through with your little one. Poor dd's bum looked like it had been boiled or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We were using Arm and Hammer Fabricare Free which was a recommended detergent on one diaper site. Then I found another site that said to never use that one or anything else that has "whitening enzymes" or anything like that. So I switched to All Free and Clear and did an extra rinse after washing every time and everything has been ducky. We just use regular Era or something like that now and use like 1/3 of the recommended cup. It does sound like you're putting a lot of stuff in your wash... I agree that you might try limiting the vinegar etc. and whatever you do use, make sure it is rinsed out really really really really well!<br><br>
We did a lot of butt baths to help the rash clear. I hope your little guy is feeling better soon!!!
 

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I would think it is the vinegar too. Fist you may be useing to much. Try the tea tree oil that may work- and the Calgon works great too. Also he may have a reaction to the soap. you may need to get a more natural soap for your dipes. And for now- make sure you dont have a cover on at home and change him as soon as he is wet- use some grape seed oil and lavender when you wipe him then towel dry him so he is not wet in the fat rolls. let him air dry if you can. The key is to not let the pee or poop burn his skin or cause him more pain. Once it is clear then you can work on what is the cause- because you really will not know until it is healed and not comming back. Good luck- let us know what works! Also you may be using too much soap! So maybe cut back- I use 1/4 of a cap and I use ALL.
 

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It may be worth trying a more breathable cover too. Those Prorap classics are pretty thick and plasticky and I cant imagine they're terribly breathable.
 

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Try a coating of lanolin on your baby's bottom until the rash clears. It makes a good barrier against the wetness. Just pat dry gently first (or air dry), then put on the lanolin. It works for us...<br><br>
I hope you got that buildup issue under control. Sometimes it helps to turn up your water heater to a hotter setting while you are stripping detergent residue.<br><br>
Let us know what happens...
 

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Thank you, everyone, who helped me with our bum problem. Andrick's bum is completely healed now. We used sposies for a few days b/c on top of the diaper rash he developed a wicked case of runnies and a bladder infection.... there's only so much I can take. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> Anyway, I'm pretty sure my diapers had build up on them. After about 2 days of washing and rewashing, I'm pretty sure I got all the suds out. I was definitely using WAY too much detergent. So, I've cut back and I'm rinsing until there are NO SUDS. I have also invested in a couple of wool covers which I think will help his bum breath better. Anyway, I just wanted to update you guys and say thanks again for all the support! You guys are the BEST! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ~ Brook
 

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Personally I don't get the whole vinegar thing. I have never used it. I guess people say too use it to restore the ph or something, but in my opinion if you use too much you can just throw things on the other end of the ph spectrum which is bad too. My reason for rambling on is that I think you should cut out the vinegar. Also, try a hot hot wash after your detergant wash to get rid of any residue. You may also want to switch detergants...we use Sportwash and the occasional Tide (fragrance and all!).
 
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