My LO has had a bad thrush rash twice in the last three months. This time she did poos at night and didn't wake immediately and so the rash got infected. So GP said to put her in disposables till the infection went (she uses cloth on her own LO so I knew she wasn't just doing knee jerk reaction to cloth). Thing is I'm worried that the cloth is causing the thrush rash, or worsening it. She now has a peachy bum and no red marks round her legs like she has had in cloth for the last few months. She was sooo rash free for such a long time I never had to use a barrier cream or anything - now I feel like it is my fault that she is in pain. It always seems to flair when she is under the weathr but the nurse at the surgery said this isn't a factor, it is just having nappies on full stop that causes it - but can her immune system really not be a factor? Do I have to wait till toilet training for her skin to look normal?
If your LO has a thrush rash, then you really need to strip clean the diapers or they can reinfect LO. I just went through this with my daughter. When she first got it I used the thrush cream with disposables (which I hated because she was constantly pooing up the back lol) and then when I went back to reusables the rash came back. So I stripped them again and used some tea tree oil as directed on another site but AGAIN the rash came back. So after extensive googling, I ended up using the directions here: http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/kill...yeast-monster/ I actually had to use a small amount of oxygen bleach on them, rinse, rinse, rinse, then dried them on the line in full sun. No more rash! I know not all websites recommend this, but it was the only thing that worked for us. xx
I'd definitely say that being under the weather can worsen a rash.
Is there any way you can adjust the fit of the nappies to prevent red marks round her legs? Do remember that not all red marks hurt though, like if you take your sock off there is sometimes a red mark but it doesn't hurt at all
You could try some cloth safe nappy cream. I really really love CJ's BUTTer - it saved my sanity and LO's bum after she got horrible blisters on her bum after the MMR. Nothing else shifted it and I was in tears over it but CJ's cleared it in 2 days! There's a Plus version too which used to be called their yeast formula so that might be a good option for prevention. You can use it at every change and it had never affected the nappies for us. There are other brands that do cloth friendly creams too, I know Thirsties do.
Thanks ladies. I have stripped the nappies previously but not with an oxygen bleach or tea tree oil (although I soak my liners in a diluted TTO wet bucket). I also wondered about how often/when best to do the strip to pevent cross infection so the article was really useful in mentioning that.
Re the red leg marks, she doesn't seem bothered by them but they are more than just elastic impressions. There are just two patches which are stubborn and a bit sore looking the nurse practitioner said are contact dermatitis (so basically a rash from being in contact with something irritating) but she said this is to be expected from nappy wearing and as they aren't blistered or causing LO discomfort I really didn't need to worry. I have tightened and loosened till I'm red in the face and nothing works - I think loose and they rub as she moves, tight and they hold wee next to her skin. I wondered if wee was pooling next to her legs as fleece needs pressure on it to allow wee through and maybe now she is standing there isn't as much pressure there???
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