Monday, September 17, 2012

Cloth Diapers VS the YEAST MONSTER!

Please keep in mind that diapers are not indestructible, and like any other clothing item, they will eventually show signs of wear and tear and may not withstand being used and washed several times a week for extended periods of time.
Avoiding a yeast infection -
There is no way to avoid them; most babies will get a rash at some point while in diapers. Now, the good news for those who use cloth diapers, rashes are less common. Studies have shown approximately 5% of cloth diapered babies experience diaper rash issues as opposed to 50%+ amongst the disposable diapered babies.


Studies show that any diaper rash that has lasted for over 3 days likely has been complicated by yeast, and we know those rashes are no fun. At the first signs of redness try to change your little one’s diaper more frequently and add in a little diaper free time. Urine changes the ph of the skin and can cause the skin to be more irritated by the poo when it comes.

Taking care of baby’s bum –
The quicker a yeast infection is dealt with the better. Yeast like to multiply and multiply fast. It also has the ability to mutate, so what worked for one treatment might not work a second time.

Washing hand before and after changing is highly recommended. All creams should be applied with a new or cleaned applicator. This will help keep the yeast from contaminating other products or yours.

Traditional treatment recommended by your doctor will include using some sort of cream or lotion at each diaper change, Nystatin and Lotrimin are favorites. These treatments may not be suitable for the synthetic stay-dry linings of the modern cloth diaper.  Most parents will choose to protect the area by using a fleece liner, disposable diaper liners or a folded cloth wipe.

If disposable diaper liners are used, care should be taken to make sure they are large enough to cover the entire diaper and that the rash cream isn't seeping through. Liners should be discarded after use not washed with diapers for reuse.
If you use a fleece liner or folded cloth wipe, the wipe will need to be washed separate than your diapers and still treated to effectively kill the yeast.

Also, during this time it is advisable not to use any chemical wipes. There are ingredients in the traditional disposable wipes that are known to feed yeast.

Do not use Petroleum Jelly or Cornstarch when dealing with a yeast infection. Both of these will feed the yeast.

What if I want to use a natural treatment -
To use Tea Tree Oil topically, you should mix the essential oil with at least two tablespoons of oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, before applying.

Virgin Coconut Oil is also used topically to kill off yeast and restore skin.

One aspect that isn't mentioned in many articles dealing with a yeast infection is that you will want to continue treating for a yeast infection for a time period after the symptoms have cleared to completely eradicate the problem and avoid a re-occurrence.

Treating Baby's Diapers -
If your child is diagnosed with or you suspect a yeast infection, your diapers, wipes and covers will need to be treated to kill lingering yeast after each use. Anything that comes in contact with baby's bottom needs to be treated for killing the yeast each and every time after use.

Yeast isn't an easy thing to kill either since it can repair itself. The UV rays of the sun will not kill off yeast because it can repair itself much like our skin would recover from a sun burn. So sunning your diapers will not be affective for killing off yeast. Sunning can help kill any other bacteria that might be present that the yeast is feeding off of.

Choices for Washing Diapers Effectively Against Yeast -

Hot Water:  Yeast will effectively be killed at temperatures above 122º F Check your manufacturer's washing instructions first. If it is ok to wash in hot, you may need to turn your water heater up prior to laundry, if so be careful to restore the temperature to safe levels after washing. This method may be ineffective if you have a modern washer that throws hot and then cold water on the clothing intermittently while filling.

Following this hot wash by drying in a hot dryer if it is within the recommendations of the manufacturer's washing care instructions.

Chlorine Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach): CHECK WITH MANUFACTURE FIRST IN REGARDS TO WARRANTY:  Bleach is one of the most common forms for disinfecting laundry. With all the varieties of bleach on the market today be sure to check the label for the one that kills germs. Not all are rated for germ killing, because they are not all Sodium Hypochlorite. Diapers should be washed free of any poo before chlorine bleach is used since feces can inactivate bleaches disinfectant properties. It is best to choose a detergent void of optical brighteners when using bleach.

Grapefruit Seed Extract: Can be a good choice when dealing with a yeast infection and is known to be effective against bacteria.  Here is an easy read article along with directions for use when dealing with yeast. It is suggested to add 10-20 drops in the final rinse cycle when washing. This can be a follow up to an already hot 122º+ F wash cycle.   Using a fabric softener ball that releases in the wash will make it so you do not have to sit and watch the machine waiting for a rinse cycle.

Tea Tree Oil: Is considered antibacterial and antifungal. Care should be used for proper use since high concentrations can harm the skin. When purchasing the oil, choose a good grade with ingredients listed at least 35% Terpinen 4-ol and less than 10% Cineole.  Of course there is the concern regarding potential estrogenic effects from the tea tree oil. So do some research if this is the route you want to use. Tea Tree Oil has been reported to cause issues with the modern synthetic diapers.

This treatment would ideally follow an already hot 122º+ F wash cycle.  Using a fabric softener ball that releases in the wash will make it so you do not have to sit and watch the machine waiting for a rinse cycle.

Cloth Diaper products at SentuhanBayu.biz - 
  Inserts, prefolds and flats can withstand the higher water temperatures and other treatments. We suggest that they are not continually washed in such high temperatures. For our products that contain PUL and diapers with elastic they can wash up to certain temperatures.

You are solely responsible for understanding how to care for the items you purchase. We are not responsible for damage to an item caused by improper care, abuse, misuse, normal fading or normal wear and tear of the product materials.


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