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We are addressing SUDS again. . Many mamas thought that suds meant residue, which meant repelling, which means less absorbency, and skin rash issues.
The answer to that is ‘yes and no’~
Suds are a part of the washing process, if you are rinsing the diapers and see suds, don’t panic. If you take your diapers out of the dryer and have odors, then there is an issue and we need to either switch detergent, lessen the detergent, switching to an HE detergent if you have a top loader (if you have a front loader, you should be using an HE one anyway) or add a rinse cycle.
However, those of you doing 5+ extra rinses with no odors present are doing too much work. If you have residue that causes skin issues, you will most likely have odors as well. Many of you are concerned about enzymes being left behind if you have suds, this isn’t always the case. Suds may or may not contain enzymes after being rinsed out, suds can be a result of the other agents in the detergent other than the enzymes. I promise, if you have enough residue left behind to cause repelling, you will have odors, and pretty bad ones. The test of dribbling water on your diapers to see if it rolls off or absorbs is not accurate, I can’t state this enough, it is not a true test of your diaper’s absorbency. I have diapers that are 5+ years old in perfect condition that will do this, and they are perfectly absorbenct. Your child’s skin against the diaper pushes the urine through, the water dribble test does not simulate this accurately. Repelling will present as leaking out the sides or legs without soaking at least part of the insert. True repelling from too much detergent is much more rare than what we see on the diaper forums, if you have that much buildup on the diapers, it will hold onto lots of feces and urine after washing, and they will stink.
Regarding the rashes, if your child is sensitive to enzymes, the general presentation is a dull pink tint resembling a sunburn, wherever the diaper touches. A few children may have a more severe reaction, but generally this is what it looks like. Going into the summertime, other factors will present a very similar rash, including wetness from natural fabrics, a poly sensitivity in the heat, and heat rash itself.
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What to worry about:
-Odors out of the dryer
-Odors once the diaper is peed in
-Rashes on the child that don’t resolve easily within 1-2 days
-Recurring yeast infections (which may or may not be a cause of concern, some children will be more prone to yeast under any diapering conditions, but if your child seems to just go from one infection to the other, please consult with your pediatrician and make sure to disinfect the diapers.)
-Any sores or pimples in the diaper area that don’t resemble your typical heat rash
What not to worry about:
-Suds in the wash cycle or rinse cycle *if* you don’t have any odors or rashes. Some detergents/washing conditions will be sudsy. If you don’t have any odors, don’t sweat the suds, odors will be there if you have buildup.
-Stains *if* you don’t have odors. Newborns will stain their diapers. If you press the diapers up to your nose and smell and they smell clean, don’t worry one bit about the stain, shoot me an e-mail about some tips to get them out.
-Anyone else’s washing advice if what you are doing is working for you and your baby.
The reason I like to get on a soapbox (or detergent box-tee hee) about odors, odors are your indicator that you are leaving urine and/or feces behind. If this is the case, when the diapers get re-wet with fresh urine, and placed in a dark moist pail for another 24-48 hours, you can breed bacteria, and this can be a health concern. You don’t want bacteria next to your child’s genitals. Stains can present this way, too, but odors will be present if this is the case along with the stain.
I also don’t like rashes, 99% of our rash e-mails are heat related, wetness related or ammonia related. But, for those that are yeast, staph, severe detergent reactions, in the very rare case of MRSA, these are issues that are not only annoying for baby and mom, but can have far-reaching consequences on the child’s health. Of course some of these issues, especially yeast, have differing degrees of severity and not all are a huge problem, but head them off by sniffing your washed and dried diapers every so often, it will be your best indication of problems.