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Old 02-02-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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Anyone have any concrete info on this? My googling isn't turning up much.
We're dealing with a persistent (over a week) yeast rash that isn't responding to Nystatin. I change very frequently, give him air time as I can (he likes to walk from place to place peeing on the floor!) and wash the diapers on super-hot w/vinegar rinse. I would hate to have to buy some disposables to use, but I will if I have to. Anyone have any new ideas? I guess I'm wondering if the diapers themselves could be harboring the yeast; maybe vinegar isn't enough? I've added some TTO every few washes and also added an extra wash, but could the yeast be surviving? I just don't know

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Use a fleece liner and put lotrimin right on the dipe area.

Also I used GSE in the wash and that totally cleared it up
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Use a fleece liner and put lotrimin right on the dipe area.

Also I used GSE in the wash and that totally cleared it up
I am using fleece liners. I'll ask the ped. about lotrimin (we're going back this afternoon). Where do you find GSE? I didn't see it at the store with the essential oils...
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. Where do you find GSE? I didn't see it at the store with the essential oils...
We used GSE to clear up a yeast rash that would not go away. Be sure you treat ALL of your cloth diaper items. After DDs rash went away I put her in ONE untreated diaper and the rash came back.

You can find grapefruitseed extract at most healthfood stores. It was with the health suppliments.

Just follow the directions on the bottle. Mine says to use 25 to 30 drops per load.

This is the brand we have:
http://www.imhotepinc.com/product1.html

it is not cheap but I have used the same bottle for months. Now I only use GSE everyother wash, or less than that.

Oh, and put him in disposibles just for a day or two, it can really help and give you time to clean all your diapers.

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Old 02-02-2007, 09:12 AM   #5
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Re: cloth harboring yeast?

My first DD suffered from chronic YI's (she was in sposies) and she was on nystatin for a few days and it stopped working. Her ped told me she developed a tolerance to it and switched her to diflucan (sp) and within days her YI was gone. Nystatin is the weakest YI med but the first they try. You might want to think about switching. I don't think it's your dipes ESPECIALLY if you've used TTO.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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DS has yeast issues. We actually add a bit of bleach to the wash, which keeps him healthy on the bum and also keeps the dipes from stinking, which they do in a big way because of the yeasties that grow in them....I know that yeast is super blech , but it could be worth a try.

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Old 02-02-2007, 09:45 AM   #7
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Re: cloth harboring yeast?

I though once my DS had a yeast rash but he didn't. He is allergic to TTO so we can only use GSE in our dipe wash. ALso, a couple of times I did not get my dipes cleran enough so they were stinky...DS got a rash from these too...once I added more detergentt o get them clean with our funky winter water...the rash went away all on it's own. It was bumoy like rash too. I hope you get it figured out soon mama!
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Oh! Just remembered....you can also try washing them in your dishwasher to really strip them of all build-up, germs, etc.

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you should try either a few capfuls of bleach in the wash, with HOT water, or try vinegar in the rinse. but honestly I don't think yeast hangs around that much...also try to just dry on hot in the dryer, even if you want to hang to dry first, then throw in for a quick fluff in the heat...that itself should do it.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:35 PM   #10
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Re: cloth harboring yeast?

We just had a discussion on this on one of the other boards...

One of the gals posted this:

This article is about thrush but has tons of info in yeast!

http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...ed-thrush.html

My favorite part that is most applicable to the diaping community is: Laundry should be sanitized by washing in the hottest possible water and then adding a cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse. Because it would take a gallon of bleach in a standard washer to kill yeast spores (which would shred your clothing)

I didn't know yeast was that hard to kill!

I hope anyone dealing with yeast issues will read the article!

-Hope that helps!

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