My little guy has been cloth diapered for a long time now. I thought I was one of the lucky few who escaped it: the dreaded yeast. I am so methodical with my cloth diapers and am so attuned to baby's sensitive skin. Well, last week as I was getting him ready for bed I saw it. Little red irritated bumps everywhere! I knew immediately what those evil little bumps meant: Yeast. Dang it. I texted Maggie (my neighbor and fellow CD obsessed momma). Even though I technically knew how to handle yeast, up until this point I have not had it myself, so I needed the support. I also called the pediatrician for good measure. The Ped recommend Lotramin and Maggie suggested a mix of 10 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract mixed with water in a 4oz spray bottle. She recommended spraying it on the baby's bottom with every single diaper change. She also recommended lots of air drying time, and of course, disposable diapers. All of my cloth needed to be disinfected (see recipe for disinfecting yeasty cloth diapers at the end of the post!). I had hubby run out and buy me a pack of sposies and so started our journey. When I woke up the next morning his bum looked much much better. What a relief! I alternated between using the Lotramin and the GSE, unfortunately, it took a few days for the bumps to disappear. I thought I was out of the woods and started cloth diapering him again. Within a day the bumps were back. This time I took him to the Ped's office. She confirmed it, his yeast rash had not gone away completely...tricky little beast. She prescribed some medicine which I used, and within a week, the bumps were still there...no change. So I started getting aggressive. I used the prescription, the GSE, and I continued to use the Lotramin sporadicaly, and he was starting to look better-except for one little spot, right where his legs met his torso. It was really badly irritated, but it didn't look like yeast. It turns out he has an allergy to sposies. Remember I said he has been cloth diapered pretty much all of his life? Well, this has been the longest he had ever been exposed to disposable diapers, and let's just say his skin didn't react very well to it. So now I had two conundrums: yeast and allergic reaction. So, I once again disinfected all of my cloth diapers and decided to not wear disposables anymore. This meant that I had to dissinfect my cloth diapers with every single wash, so about every 2-3 days. I also had to protect the diapers from all of the medicine, cream and the extract. So I used fleece liners to create a barrier between the diapers and all of the stuff going on with the baby. Fortunatly, the process worked well for us. Within a day of using the cloth, his irritation to the disposables cleared up. He still had yeast which we continued to treat. Eventually that went away too! Battling the Yeast Beast took a total of 3 weeks for us, but I am glad to say that his skin is back to normal and healthy on all fronts! Have you ever battled with yeast?
How to Disinfect Yeasty Cloth Diapers (for regular washing machines):
- Wash cloth diapers if they are soiled. Make sure you start this process with clean diapers.
- Wash the diapers in hot water with detergent and 30 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE) along with 10 drops of tea tree oil.
- While the water is filling up on your washing machine, mix in a pot of boiling water into the laundry.
- Do an extra cold rinse (in addition to the rinse at the end of a wash cycle).
- Dry in the dryer on low heat, better yet, dry in direct sunlight which also helps to eliminate yeast.
- 4oz spray bottle.
- 4oz of water
- 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE).
- Spray on affected area with every diaper change.
*Please note we are NOT doctors. This is simply a guideline of what has worked in our home. Please consult your pediatrician if you have any health related questions!