Last week we discussed some basic FAQs about yeast, this week we conclude with tips and tricks to keeping baby yeast-free.
Helping keep baby yeast-free
When your child is yeast-free, a great preventative measure during hot weather is to sprinkle corn starch in the diaper area. Corn starch washes out very easily, and poses no laundry issues, and is non toxic and safe to use. Do not do this, however, if your child has existing yeast, or is coming off of a bout of yeast. Corn starch will feed an active fungal infection, making it worse and doing so very quickly.
As far as cloth diaper fibers go, we typically see more yeast cases in natural fibers than in synthetic stay-dry fibers. One side of the table will say that natural is best to increase air flow, as yeast does best in warmer, damp areas. However, the other side says that dampness will cause yeast to get a hold faster and stronger, so it is best to stay in synthetics with frequent changes. Our anecdotal evidence suggests that second theory to be true, while heat and wetness both contribute to yeast, we see more success with stay dry fibers and frequent changes than we do with staying in natural fibers and frequent changes. This will vary by customer though,so if you use natural fibers, don’t give up on the first go around, treat the yeast and see how your baby does with frequent changes and corn starch. Some families have just found adding a fleece liner at nighttime when the baby s in the diaper the longest works best for them to keep the skin drier. If you use synthetics and are battling yeast, natural fibers may provide relief as well. If it is possible, “naked baby” time or going cover-less (with fitteds or prefolds) is beneficial as well, letting them run or roll around to give their skin as much air and light as possible in between changes.
Please email us with any questions, we want your baby to be in cloth, but we want them to more importantly be safe in their cloth, and keeping their skin healthy is at the top of that list 🙂
Have a wonderful week!