Last we went over our Swim Diaper 101, and were excited to get several emails for customers taking the “plunge” into reusable swim diapers! This week we are going to switch gears and get into some common diaper troubleshooting issues.
The most common rash issue we tackle is yeast, especially in the warmer summer months. Below is our advice on what to do if you are diagnosed with yeast, next week we will get into some detail as to how to prevent it, troubleshoot it for children who have multiple bouts with it, and other random tips we have discovered over the years of working with our customers.
Yeast is a fungal infestation in the skin of your baby, which is encouraged by dark and damp environments ( ie: diaper area), and should be diagnosed by your pediatrician.
When you get the diagnosis:
- Your doctor will likely prescribe nystatin cream or gentian violet orally, other anti-fungal creams may be used depending on the severity of the rash.
- When using one of the above products, we advise moving into disposables until the skin is completely cleared for at least 48 hours. IF the rash is really stubborn, I would advise stretching this to 3-4 days.
- During this time, you need to disinfect your cloth diapers. This needs to include cloth diapers, cloth wipes, inserts and other cloth diaper accessories. To do so, wash and dry as usual, then wash with just hot water and 1/2 cup of clorox (we used to advise 1/3 cup, over the past year we see more success with the 1/2 cup mark). Chlorine bleach is what can and will disinfect the diapers, color safe bleach uses hydrogen peroxide, which has not shown to be as effective.
- If you have PUL pockets, AIOs and covers, the bleach will not fade them, as PUL is dye fast. If you have cotton print products, and do not want them to fade, you can sort these out and disinfect with a color safe bleach. HOWEVER, if the yeast comes back I highly recommend using chlorine bleach to disinfect them, you don’t want to fungus to keep regrouping and coming back, for the health of your baby (it can be miserable when it is a strong strain).
- Once baby has been clear for at least 48 hours, they can go back into disinfected cloth, make sure over the next 1-2 weeks you change frequently to promote air flow to their little bottoms to keep yeast away.
As always, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns and we’re happy to help!