Friday, February 5, 2010

Yeast Rash and Cloth Diaper

So... your little one has a red, raised, patchy rash and you want to know what to do. Here are some suggestions for treating a YEAST DIAPER RASH for cloth diaper users.

  • Make a mixture of 10 drops of Citricidal Grapefruit Seed Extract to one ounce of water. The use of distilled water to make your solution is very important. The chemicals placed in your local tap water to kill bacteria can reduce the effectiveness of the active ingredients in GSE. Put the solution into a spray bottle or swab with a clean absorbent pad at every diaper change.
  • Slather the rash with plain yogurt containing live cultures.
  • Clotrimazole anti-fungal cream (available over-the-counter with the creams for vaginal yeast infections) can be added to a diaper rash cream or you can mix your own cream using zinc oxide and lansinoh.
  • A cup full of white vinegar can be added to baby's warm bath to help soothe his sore bum.
  • Add a cup full of white vinegar to your rinse cycle when washing diapers.
  • Add 4-5 drops of Tea Tree oil to your wipe solution.
  • Wash diapers in hot water.
  • Dry diapers in the sun.
  • Add Grapefruit Seed Extract to your wipe solution or to baby's bath.
  • Add 4-5 drops of Tea Tree oil to the initial rinse or wash cycle - many mothers find TTO has a strong smell and suggest adding it before the final rinse cycle so that most of the smell is washed away.
  • Do NOT use cornstarch powders on a yeast rash. The yeast "feeds" on the powder and will make it worse. This includes plain cornstarch and any baby powder brands that include cornstarch.
  • Hydrocortisone cream can help reduce the swelling and inflammation and can be applied under the other diaper creams.

Remember: Keep treating for 3-4 days after the rash is gone.

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