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Old 01-12-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Diaper Sores! HELP!!!

I just can't seem to shake these diaper sores my son keep getting from the cloth!! I have tried everything!! ointment, powders, nothing, stripping diapers, liners, ugh! Nothing is working except putting him in sposies for a while, then back in cloth. Then after a week or two sores return. I just don't know what to do!
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What kind of cloth diapers are you using? Are they open sores?
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What kind of cloth diapers are you using? Are they open sores?
I am using Sunbaby onesize, yes, they are small open sores.
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I am using Sunbaby onesize, yes, they are small open sores.
My DS had a couple sores once. I tried to give him bum as much air as possible, and when he wore a diaper I put antibiotic ointment on the sores to prevent them from getting infected.

Eventually we had to stop using PUL diapers b/c he was getting too rashy in them. Once you get the sores healed up, maybe try some diapers that don't have PUL on them. Wool and fleece are more breathable alternatives for LOs that have sensitive skin
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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It sounds like there's something in your diapers that isn't coming out. There may also be a skin sensitivity involved.
How often are you changing the cloth?
What diapers/fabrics are you using?
What ointments? What powders?
What detergent do you use?
What is your normal routine for washing, from storing the used ones to drying the clean ones?
At any point do the diapers smell? What about dry, just been peed in, been peed in a while ago, been stored a while, just any time? If they do, what do they smell like?
What do you mean by 'stripping' your diapers? Everyone has a different idea of what that means.
What do the sores/rash look like? What happens before they show up?
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It sounds like there's something in your diapers that isn't coming out. There may also be a skin sensitivity involved.
How often are you changing the cloth? whenever he is wet usually, maybe every 3 hours or so..

What diapers/fabrics are you using? these are sunbaby one size, with the inserts.

What ointments? What powders? I've tried ALLLl the common ointments, and powders.. usually I use nothing, but I've tried these to solve the problem and none of the usual ones worked.. way too many to list.

What detergent do you use? no detergent really, just dawn and sometimes borax and baking soda.

What is your normal routine for washing, from storing the used ones to drying the clean ones?they are stored in a basket, and washed one cold wash and one hot wash with dawn ,then dried in the dryer.

At any point do the diapers smell? What about dry, just been peed in, been peed in a while ago, been stored a while, just any time? If they do, what do they smell like? YES! When he is good and wet, like the first diaper of the morning, they can REALLY wreak of ammonia smell! .. I have often wondered how to deal with that!
What do you mean by 'stripping' your diapers? Everyone has a different idea of what that means. I've stripped with several hot water washes until no suds, sometimes I've used vinigar, and or baking soda.
What do the sores/rash look like? What happens before they show up?
usually I notice them after he poops, and the poop has been on his skin. They are small raw sores. no skin on top of them.
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There are several things likely to contribute to the problem.

First, change more often. When there is a rash lurking, change as often as each pee and check once every one to two hours at the latest.

Sunbaby uses fleece & microfiber. A sensitivity to one or both isn't all that uncommon. Also, microfiber is well known for holding on to all kinds of nasty and not getting clean. It is killer to get all of the ammonia out of, and people often resort to boiling or replacing.

Many ointments, salves and rash creams are not cloth diaper compatible. It clings and does not come out even with vigorous washing. A&D, Desitin, Butt Paste, and many more will lead to some really foul smelling diapers that leak and look really bad. The residue will also hold on to ammonia, bacteria, and fungi, leading to more rash problems than what you start with. Powders can do the same. If you didn't use a liner between baby's butt and the diaper, much of that is probably still in your diapers. Search around on here and you'll find a million and one cloth diaper safe options for protecting baby's skin that won't kill your diapers.

You need to use something stronger and made to wash clothes. Dawn is good for stripping. Borax and baking soda are decent boosters (though the borax will break down the elastic from what I've read), but they weren't really designed to wash clothes, much less ones as soiled as diapers. Get some Tide, All, or other Original formula detergent without anything special and in an original scent. They'll have enzymes in them that will break down the residue on your diapers. You could try one of the diaper-specific detergents like Rockin' Green or Country Save, but I'd pass them by for some tried and true enzyme power. You're also going to need to break out a bit of bleach to kill what's growing in them, either bacteria like staph or a fungus like yeast probably. A 1/2 cup for a load of diapers (and wipes if you do cloth) and you'll get an amazing amount of crud out of them. You don't have to do it every load, but once a week until the rash is totally clear and then once a month or so won't hurt at all. I would add one extra rinse and a little sunning occasionally to the routine you posted, but I think the biggest culprit is your detergent or lack thereof and the combination with the microfiber inserts. You may need to boil your inserts to get them disinfected.

The smell indicates there is something still in your diapers that is not getting washed out. What you call stripping, I call just really good rinsing. They rash is showing up when there is poop because the skin is most irritated at that time and irritated skin will grow bacteria and fungi like crazy.
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Re: Diaper Sores! HELP!!!

I had the same problem, battled it for weeks. Thought it might be chafing because it almost looked blister like. It was a staph infection. Just a thought.
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I had the same problem, battled it for weeks. Thought it might be chafing because it almost looked blister like. It was a staph infection. Just a thought.
Really??? Can you tell me more? Maybe we are battling something like that?
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It began as small red bumps and a rashy looking area. I thought diaper rash, no big deal, switched to sposies for 2 days and used Bordeux's butt paste, which works like magic on DD1. Gone. But it kept coming back. Then it got worse. It developed into a red area, with these blister/whitehead pimple almost looking things. Then they opened up and looked like open sores, and got scabby. I changed wash routine, stripped diapers, tried a tighter fit (thought chafing maybe???), finally I texted a picture to my doctor. She said looks like staph, try putting neosporin on it once a day (or twice, I don't remember) for 5-7 days, and if no improvement we'll get something stronger. After 1 day of Neosporin it looked less red and angry, but three it was healed over scabs and no redness, but 7 is was basically gone.
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