Killing the dreaded yeast monster

June 28, 2010

Cloth Diaper Extras, Washing

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Even worse than severe stink, leaks and allergies is YEAST. It’s a monster I tell ya. You don’t want it.

But, if your baby does get a yeast rash what do you do?

First, there are some things to know about yeast in general:

1) Yeast thrives in warm, dark places.

2) Yeast is very hard to kill and will even hide so that you think it’s gone only to attack again.

3) Yeast starts with diet. It doesn’t just appear in the diapers out of no where.

4) You can get rid of yeast without losing your mind.

Let’s start with the rash.  Here are some creams/salves that are safe to use with cloth diapers:

Once you have the rash covered (literally) how do you prevent the diapers from reinfecting the baby? You have to treat the diapers… but then how do you prevent the baby from reinfecting the diapers while waiting for the skin to heal?

After consulting with other parenting and cloth diaper websites, these are the steps I have accumulated as recommended to work best:

  • cold wash with Tea Tree Oil (3-4 drops in a FL, 4-6 drops in a TL. add to detergent compartment for FL)
  • hot wash with an oxygen cleaner (Vaska OxygenBleach or Bio Kleen Oxygen Bleach Plus are options)
  • lay out in FULL sun (if you live in the south this isn’t a problem) or dry on HIGH heat.

This regimen is safe to repeat after a week in order to kill any remaining yeasties.  TTO could be interchanged with Grapefruit Seed Extract if you prefer.

I mentioned diet.  This article Conquering Candidiasis Naturally by Dr. Stephen C Byrnes is excellent!

While the herbal suggestions aren’t something you’d give to a baby it is still enlightening for us adults.  Most of us probably have a Candida overgrowth.  But, if you are nursing you can see how making these changes for yourself can benefit your baby.

I pray this information will bless you during this time of frustration.  Seeing our children in pain or simply looking bad is hard for a parent.  Yeast is something than can be conquered.

 


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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88 Responses to “Killing the dreaded yeast monster”

  1. Emily Says:

    This may have been asked but do I do my normal wash cycle to clean the diapers then do the GSE and bleach directly after? Or do I need to do this on clean, dry diapers?

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  2. Kate Says:

    My baby had a yeast infection, which has been treated, but my diapers need to be stripped and cleaned. I use alva pockets with microfiber, bamboo, and hemp inserts at night, prefolds with thirsties covers during the day, and homemade flannel cloth wipes. I’ve had some ammonia smell and discoloration on the inner of the alvas. I regularly use Planet liquid (1/4 the recommended amount) and Calgon water softener (1/4 the recommended amount) in a front loader. I normally do a prewash and an extra rinse, sometimes with an extra full cycle with no detergent or Calgon. Anyway, I am hoping to get some advice on the least labor intensive way of stripping and treating the diapers for the yeast (assuming there are spores). I have blue Dawn (the regular kind), GSE, and Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus, and OxyClean Versatile Free. My plan is to strip the diapers with blue dawn in the bath tub with hot water scrub and soak for a few hours. Then rinse and transfer to washer. Add 1tsp GSE and fill with water, agitate, stop washer, soak for 15 minutes, start washer resume cycle. Next I plan to add 2oz biokleen oxygen bleach plus, start washer, agitate, let soak 15 minutes, resume cycle. Extra cycle for extra rinsing. Does this sound like the least amount of work? I don’t think I should add detergent in the GSE and Oxygen Bleach washes because I will have already stripped them, unless the detergent enhances the GSE and/or Oxygen Bleach. My last question; is OxyClean Versatile Free just as effective as Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus? (By the way, I posted some questions yesterday and were not added to the thread or responded, so I am not sure what I may have done wrong.)

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  3. Kate Says:

    Do you have to do all 3 bullet points or just pick one? I am going to add GSE to my wash. Should I also plan on getting some oxygenated bleach? I haven’t seen any in the bleach aisles of my local stores. Is there something specific I should look for on the bottle?

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    • Kate Says:

      Oops, also forgot to ask, I am planning on stripping with Dawn first, then do the GSE in the wash. Right?

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    • Kate Says:

      I have OxyClean Versatile, will that work? Is that bleach?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Your plan (listed in another post) sounds like it should work. I hate yeast! I would make sure to use enough or more than enough GFSE.

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      • Kate Says:

        Yeast is so awful. I wish I had known about probiotics during the first year, too, since my baby had so much gas and discomfort. My baby eats yogurt every day since 1 year, yet yeast rash is now reaching us at 18 months. The yeast is so awful, for me, because what would have been a 1-day rash turned into an 4-week rash. Now I know, when your baby gets a rash and there is yeast present, the rash gets 1000 times worse. Autumn, I still don’t know if OxyClean is oxygen bleach, for “bleaching” purposes.

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  4. Aundrea Says:

    Do I add detergent to the first tea tree wash? Or just to the second step?

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  5. Abby Says:

    Could I boil the inserts before starting the process? Would that be beneficial? Would this work for hard water? I have tried stripping the diapers with bleach and TTO before but the rash is worse than ever. Could have been that the rash never really went away to begin with, but I want to kill this thing once and for all!!

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  6. kelsey Says:

    This maybe a no brainer but do you start with clean diapers? Can you also do the regime listed up top and strip as well with RLR?

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  7. Rebecca Says:

    My little guy (18 mo) has a yeast diaper rash, so it looks like I need to follow some of this advice to get it out of his diapers. One thing I can’t find on the site is how to get the yeast out of wool covers..suggestions? Thanks!

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  8. Cindy C. Says:

    Also, what would you do if directions for the care a certain brand of diaper says NOT to use bleach on the diapers?

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  9. Cindy C. Says:

    I assume that FL means full load but what does TL mean in this sentence: cold wash with Tea Tree Oil (3-4 drops in a FL, 4-6 drops in a TL. add to detergent compartment for FL)? Thanks.

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  10. Julia Brueggemann Says:

    My poor baby has thrush and a yeast rash.

    I am going to use grapefruit seed oil. How much do you use in the wash? And how much oxygen cleaner do you use?

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  11. Liz Says:

    My 9 month old had a yeast rash that turned to impetigo. The rash went away but has now come back. I have Bum Genius and have been rinsing with one cup white vinegar each time I wash. I live in Asia and we can’t wash with hot water, only cold.

    Is it just as effective to kill the yeast bacteria by drying in the sunlight or is it better to boil the diapers for 15 minutes? Will I destroy my diapers by boiling them? Also, I saw the posts about Apple cider vinegar, applying directly to the rash. Can I substitute white vinegar or another type of vinegar? I can’t buy ACV here.

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  12. Sarah Says:

    Help! My 12 month old is having a recurring issue with yeast rashes. About a week ago we took him out of the cloth so that I could do a little research on how to fix this problem. I have tried using the Grapefruit Seed Oil (about 75 drops at the beginning of the wash cycle) as well as adding bleach to the inserts. What else can I do? Right after we put him back in the cloth diapers, the rash reappeared. I didn’t bleach the outer piece because I was worried the color would be ruined (we use one size pockets, BG, HH, Smartypants). Any suggestions?

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  13. Angela S. Says:

    Hi! I’m going to bookmark this site. Super helpful! I think my daughter has yeast. She’s5 months old and has had a rash that comes and goes. It’s almost always there, but sometimes it flares up more than other times. I googled yeast rash and while she doesn’t look as bad as some of those pictures, her rash does look similar to some of the mild to moderate looking rashes.

    I just started treating this last night. I bleached her diapers and I started with the apple cider vinegar b/c I already had it in my pantry. It didn’t bother her the first time or two that I used it, but by the 3rd time she started to cry when I applied it, so I went out and got some antifungal cream. I started applying that this morning and applied it 3 times today. Her rash looks a lot better, but it’s still there. I plan to treat this thing for at least a week or two, b/c I want to nip this thing in the bud. But now I’m wondering if the antifungal cream could harm my diapers. I don’t have any liners, but I did have a pack of baby washcloths that I dind’t open until yesterday. I washed them with my diapers and am using them as liners. I only have 8 of them, though. I’m really wondering if the liner is necessary.

    I also bought some TTO from walmart. I added some of that to her wipe solution and I can start using that on her rash tomorrow, since that’s CD safe. I need to get some GSE, as my walmart did not have any. Which would you say is more powerful against yeast? TTO or GSE?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I wouldn’t use any lotion not cloth diaper safe. But, since you already have I’d scrub them with Dawn. Do you have any receiving blankets? Cut them up to make liners ;) I prefer TTO.

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  14. Thyme Says:

    So here is my problem, my 5 month old seems to be super sensitive. We had all kinds of issues with breastfeeding, and then had issues with formula. She started having a terrible rash, and then we were told to switch to hypoallergenic formula, this stopped her from constant diarrea, and the rash kind of got better.

    Then my doctor said she had a yeast infection. So we got a cream for it, and we used it 3 times a day for 7 days. It got better. But as soon as we stopped it came back.

    After talking to a friend who CD I decided to switch, hoping that would help. And it did! Within 24 hours the rash was gone.

    Then about 5 later she pooped about 6 times in a row, which left her bum red and raw again, and looking like her yeast infection. I am very new to CD, and really need some suggestions. We bought Fuzzibunz diapers, so I’m not sure how to bleach them, as I don’t want to ruin the covers. I started putting California Babies Diaper Spray on her, which seems to help a little bit.

    Any suggestions are very welcome!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Unfortunately, if she had a yeast infection when you started using cloth diapers then the cloth diapers have now been infected. You’ll need kill the yeast in the cloth diapers. You can use TTO or Grapefruit Seed Extract to kill the yeast. Make sure you get some cloth diaper safe yeast diaper rash cream right away!

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  15. Jen Says:

    would you say about 15 drops of GFSE in the cold wash with detergent?

    while they still have the rash, do you have to keep washing with the GFSE and oxygen bleach with every wash, or only once a week? I guess I’m just a little confused as to how not to reinfect the diapers if the baby still has the rash the entire time.

    If the creams are cloth diaper safe, does that mean you don’t have to use a liner? If I use a washable liner, should I wash the liner separately from the rest of the diapers?

    Thanks, Autumn. The rashes are so bad, I may have to drastically change their diet for awhile. I really appreciate all the info you put in one place.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I would use the GFSE with every wash. If you are using cloth diaper safe creams you don’t have to use a liner. Changing the diet can be a good thing! I know it’s hard but the benefits will be great.

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      • Autumn Beck Says:

        what cream are you using?

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        • Jen Says:

          Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush cream. Almost done with my little jar and I really haven’t seen much of an improvement. I’ve emailed Melanie Nadar at The Homestead Company and she has suggested using tea tree oil on their rashes. I’m thinking I’ll try that plus their baby balm. Do you think the tea tree oil has to be Young Living to be the most effective?

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  16. Angie Says:

    Hi,
    I’m not sure if my son has yeast infection or not but he has had continuous problems down there ever since he was 6 months (he is 2 1/2 now). Some problems that he has are complaining of his “pee-pee” hurting. Long store short he ended up having surgery to make an incision to make his hole a little bigger because it would scab up and he wouldn’t be able to pee at all!! So besides that problem (which is now fixed, keeping fingers crossed) he gets these blisters and red dots on his bottom and his testicals and sometimes you see shades of blood in his diaper from nowhere but the opening?!! The doctor(s) have no idea and I’m wondering if it’s the cloth diapers because they have never really smelt fresh and clean. no matter how many times I wash with bleach/dawn dish soap like instructed. i use bumgenius. Any comments on this or advice please?!
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      what type of detergent are you using? and how much?

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      • Angie Says:

        the bumGenius brand of detergent. i don’t really know how much to really use because I can’t really use the recommended amount with a HE washer so I use half but then sometimes I see bubbles in the rinse cycle so i do another rinse cycle.

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          if you are seeing bubbles you need to fully strip them. do several hot washes/rinses without detergent. then start over using a small amt of detergent.

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  17. Jen Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I just want to be clear on the suggested directions. I have 2 little boys that are battling diaper rashes that I’m pretty sure are yeast related. I just bought some new Ragababes and don’t want to ruin them. So I try:
    1) cold wash, TL 4-6 drops of Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (tea tree oil is too expensive for me right now, but this alternative is okay, right?)
    2) hot wash Bio Kleen Oxygen Bleach Plus
    3) full sun or high heat

    Would I wash my diapers as I normally do first, and then do this process, or do I add the GSE to my normal cold wash with detergent? And I only need 4-6 drops for an entire large load of diapers? Is this stuff supposed to be really strong? Thanks, Autumn. I am so angry and frustrated with these rashes I don’t know whether I want to scream or cry.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I would run this by Joy at Ragababe diapers if you’d like to confirm that the warranty wouldn’t be nullified. I would add more GFSE than 4-6 drops.

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  18. Marijana Long Says:

    How much of TTO vs Jojoba oil as carrier oil.. I need to make this now.. I’m so happy i found this post

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  19. Erin S. Says:

    okay, I am confused…….. do you use Grape seed extract or Grapefruit seed extract? and what are some brands? TTO is not working for me and my poor baby is suffering. :(

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract is what we have. I’d add it to a spray bottle and apply it to the skin. Do you use prefolds? if so you could just boil them. If you use diapers with PUL then use extra hot water to rinse (you can turn up your hot water heater but remember to turn it back down.)

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  20. CP Says:

    I treated my baby’s yeast rash by poking a hole in a capsule or garlic oil and rubbing the oil on the yeast rash. It cleared up in a few days. I also breastfeed, and when I took garlic oil myself, she also got less yeast rash and her pee was less stinky too. I have intestinal candida, so I am concerned about passing yeast to my baby. Here’s how I control my candida: I limit the sugar in my diet (all forms – white, brown, honey, syrup, etc, though fruit and fruit juice are OK), and I take garlic oil and acidophilus supplements every day.

    I am also potty training my baby early. The earlier babies are potty trained, the more sanitary they are, and hence have less rashes and bladder and fecal related infections. I put her on the potty several times a day starting at 4 months, and when she started solids at 6 months and her poop became more solid, she hated the feel of it against her skin in her diaper, and a month later she is now pooping exclusively in her potty (at 7 months). Next I plan to switch back to cloth diapers to make her feel more uncomfortable in her pee (I switched to disposables because of diaper rash cream buildup).

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  21. Sarah Says:

    Do you stay in cloth while battling yeast? I’ve been told that we won’t beat it as long as we’re in cloth (because of the moisture), but I’ve also been told that cloth is unhealthy in general :), so I’m looking for advice in other places. :)

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I stay in cloth. If you are using diapers with a stay-dry inner (microfleece, microchamois, suedecloth, athletic wicking material) then moisture isn’t an issue.

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  22. Claire Says:

    Which Colloidal Silver do you buy? How do you strip your diapers?

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  23. Anonymous Says:

    I do have one type of diaper. I cannot say that he has had it from the get go because I do not remember. I was also thinking tonight that we switched diaper wipes from Pampers to Huggies. And we switched from Pampers diapers to Huggies diapers when we have to use disposables. So I guess it can be numerous things. I eventually want to go full cloth but I have to build up to that. I am working on making a few to save a little bit because all I had to purchase was the PUL.

    I stripped his diapers last night so hopefully this will help. I also have been researching rash ointments that are safe with cloth to treat the rash.

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  24. Sara Says:

    I am not sure where to go. I have looked on several different websites for help. I have recently started cloth diapering. We do it part time until I can build up my stash. It seems since we have started this that my son (10 months old) keeps breaking out in a diaper rash. It has been going on for two or so weeks. I need help because I hate this constant battle. I am not sure what to do. It could be the same rash that I just think clears up and does not, but I am not sure. I have not found another blog/ website that can seem to answer my questions so I would appreciate all the help given. Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Sara, do you have one type of diaper? Is it red all over or sores? Has he had it from the beginning?

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  25. Tanya Thomas Says:

    My son has had yeast rashes so many time as did my middle daughter and we have found a system to cure it for us. We use Lotrimin at the very first sign of a rash. We als do a hot water and 1 cup of vinegar soak for our diapers…for a couple of hours. It works wonders and not only cures the yeasts issues but any sink and residue issues too. We also double our probiotics for a short time and while I have a hard time doing it cutting sugar from my diet helps a lot too.

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  26. Erin Says:

    Is there a specific brand of GSE that I should be buying? I noticed that one of the comments about talked about the TTO and that not all TTO is 100% natural and that is won’t work. Is that true about the GSE?

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  27. Chrissy Says:

    Wondering about the oxygen cleaner. Is it okay for microfiber? I use Kissaluvs and have had a really hard time with stink and was thinking this might help but was worried about ruining my diapers… what amount would you recommend in the load? Also, for a hot wash, good idea or bad to use hottest possible? TIA!!!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      microfiber probably needs oxygen cleaner and high heat the most! it really absorbs odors and build-up.

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  28. Sandra Says:

    My daughter was just diagnosed with a yeast infection and I have been using a prescription cream for a day so far and it is clearing up but not gone completely. I have her in disposables now to protect my cloth and will be disinfecting the cloth before re-using.

    My question is about the diaper cream I was using before I knew she had yeast. It is Dimpleskins Bum Bum Balm. I know I wasn’t diligent about not re-dipping into the balm while putting it on (oops)…should I throw it out and get new stuff? Is the yeast likely to live on and re-infect her if I continue to use it? I just bought 2 new cans a week or so ago.

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  29. Lindy Says:

    We haven’t had a problem with yeast since my first daughter and that was in disposables (before we saw the cloth light). But my second daughter keeps getting staph infections (3 since November). What seems to happen is she will get a bad rash (this last time she only sat in poo literally 5 minutes while I waited to make sure she was finished and every inch of skin touched by poo was bright “hamburger red”) and then after the overall rash heals there are a sore or two that won’t heal. I take her in and they tell me staph. So… my question is this, how can I make sure that her diapers aren’t reinfecting her? Do you ladies think the above laundry treatments would work for staph as well as yeast?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I would treat them the same way. Also, I would highly recommend a high quality strong probiotic for your daughter.

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  30. Yesenia Says:

    New to cloth diapering. Thanks so much for your blog. It has been very helpful. How much grapefruit seed extract would you use instead of the tea tree oil?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’ve seen anywhere from 10-20 recommended. A brand I have recommends 75 drops but I’d start with 15 ;)

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  31. Erin Says:

    When you say “cold wash with tea tree oil” does that mean with the detergent or just the tea tree oil? same with the other steps; do you do them with the detergent or just the oxygen cleaner? Thanks! :)

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  32. Twyla Says:

    I have battle yeast myself for the last 13 years! Haven’t overcome it yet! My last two babies keep getting it. I’m guessing we’re passing it back and forth. I obviously need to change my diet, but…Anyways my reason for commenting…I recently had someone suggest using egg whites! I have done tons of research and nothing worked completely! My little one (age 2) had a rash for like 5 months straight and nothing got rid of it til we used a high dose oral yeast treatment. I tried egg whites last time she had a break out…Over night it was like 99% gone!!! Have used it with my baby (5mos) and same results! Had to completely strip my dipes and use bleach and they seem to be doing better. At the first sign of a rash I put on the whites and it immediately goes away! Safe to use with all diapers! Pretty much everyone has eggs on hand, and they’re not too expensive! Some of the other remedies are good but expensive.

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  33. Majaliwa Bass Says:

    So I’m one of those total nerds that needs to know the “what” behind everything. I was actually researching Group B Strep tests and there’s a lot of overlap between the bacteria associated with this, yeast rashes in babies and yeast infections. Here’s what I found:

    We all have a healthy bacteria that lives in our gastrointestinal tract called lactobacillus acidophilus (or acidophilus for short) that kills unwelcome organisms and bacteria that naturally exist in our intestines form the foods we eat. When baby gets a yeast diaper rash, its because something is killing their acidophilus bacteria. Common culprits are oral antibiotics, sugar, non-organic dairy, or breast milk from a mother with a yeast infection. For this reason, the only way to cure a yeast rash on baby is to kill the harmful yeast bacteria, remove the culprit that is killing baby’s acidophilus, restore acidophilus in baby’s system, and disinfect baby’s diapers, clothes and sheets to prevent re-infection.

    I posted more info on my site at http://www.pootersdiapers.com/yeast-rash-cure/.

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  34. Joanna Says:

    We battled yeast for months, and tried all the reccomended things. What worked best in the end was Colliodial Silver in my wipes spray. I sprayed it on her every time I changed her (2 Tbs in 2 oZ of water) and it cleared up with in a week. If I notice a bit coming back a spray or two stops it. Also had GSE (Grapefruit aSeed Extract) and lavendar oil in the spray, but those did not clear it up before without the silver.

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  35. val Says:

    also a diluted vinegar solution helps kill yeast (like 2 tbsp vinegar in 1 cup water)

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    • Erin Says:

      Would you soak your diapers in this solution for a certain period of time? I tried the tea tree oil and oxygen cleaner and I even did an extra rinse and her rash came back immediately. :(

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      • Autumn Beck Says:

        is it possible she’s allergic to the fabric? i’ve had one that couldn’t wear suedecloth.

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        • Erin Says:

          She has been wearing the same diapers since birth…. So, I don’t think she is allergic to the cloth. I hope not because I am really enjoying the cloth world!

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          • Autumn Beck Says:

            it doesn’t mean she’s sensitive to all cloth! there are some babies who can only wear microfleece, or only suedecloth, or only natural fibers. How long has she had the rash? Have you tried bleach?

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          • Erin Says:

            I haven’t tried any bleach, too worried about that. Rash has been here for a week now… She has been in the same brand of diapers since birth. I use Bootyful Baby Boutique’s diapers. This is the first rash…. I am waiting for my Rockin’ Green to get here and then I am going to rock a soak, use tea tree oil, gse, and all the other remedies…. I just did a soak of tea tree oil and oxyclean (was told that would be okay for the purpose of killing the yeast) in hot water. I don’t have GSE yet, I can’t find it! Than I did a hot wash with homemade detergent and vinegar than I rinsed and rinsed about 5 times! Haven’t put any diapers on her yet, waiting for the infection to clear up so I don’t reinfect the diapers if I have indeed killed the yeast. Thanks so much for your blog… it is sooo helpful! :)

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  36. Erin Says:

    I know this is such a beginner question, but are those remedies fine for all cloth dipes or just plain white prefolds? I know she and I were passing it back and forth for awhile and I think I hadn’t been treating the dipes properly.

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  37. Heather Lent Says:

    Grapefruit Seed Extract is also effective at battling yeast. I use Pure Liquid Gold GSE – so many uses beyond yeast. Awesome stuff!!

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  38. Sara Says:

    My daughter was on prophylactic antibiotics for the first 6 months of her life, so we battled the yeasty beasties early and often.

    1. Use NC bleach every time you wash during the outbreak. I prefer Ecover, but there are plenty to choose from.

    2. Use Better Butter Cream from Northern Essence. My DD used to actually sigh with relief when I put it on.

    3. If you have a hard time kicking the yeast with OTC or Nystatin cream, as for Vusion. It’s crazy spendy ($50 a tube with our insurance), but it wipes out the yeast within about a day of constant application. We tried it all and we use Vusion from the first sign of yeast. We just use a Bummis Bio-Soft liner to protect the diaper from the cream.

    4. Use old school Clorox on diapers that will tolerate it (check your manufacturer’s instructions, but bumGenius even recommends bleach once a month) to kill what’s still leftover. The sun and dryer should take care of the rest.

    5. If you can use natural covers like wool and a prefold or fitted, you’ll have the best results with laundry and with curing the yeast.

    Good luck to everyone…it’s no picnic, but it’s a battle you CAN win.

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  39. Kristy Schafer Says:

    Autumn,

    Please let everyone know that not all Essential Oils are created the same. Let them know that as far as my research has gone that Young Living is the only Essential Oil that is truly 100% natural, meaning it is steam distilled from the plant with no added chemicals for faster extraction or to stretch the oil further for a better profit. Now trust me they all claim to be of equal quality, however Young Living has actually tested other brands and some of them don’t even contain any Essential Oil, which by definition is pure oil from the plant. If you go putting the chemicals on baby’s skin or in the diaps, they will absorb that directly into the blood stream. (I’m sure you’re already aware of that with your hubby’s background!)

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I agree. We too use Young Living essential oils. I didn’t go into all the other possible treatments (Thieves Oil) but certainly could have!

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  40. Ginger Ratcliffe Says:

    You can use honey with a couple drops of TTO mixed in to rub on baby’s bottom to treat a yeast rash. Works AWESOME, AND doesn’t hurt the diapers at all. I have only used it on baby’s over one year… but honestly don’t think that botulism can penetrate the skin.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I did some research on honey and yeast. The results seem to be mixed. The conclusion appears to be that if the body has enough beneficial bacteria then the honey won’t feed the yeast but help to combat it. If readers would like to use TTO on the rash you can use olive oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil as a carrier oil.

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    • CP Says:

      As a person with intestinal candida, I can tell you that honey feeds yeast. Honey is mostly sugar, and any form of sugar will feed yeast.

      TTO on the other hand is definitely an antibiotic. Try the TTO in another medium and you may find that it works even better than with the honey.

      External use of honey will not harm a baby. The botulism is only a problem in the intestines.

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