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First off, LOVE your blog! Devoted reader right here.
Ok, so I was hoping you could help me with an issue. After 7.5 months I finally stripped my diapers. It was pretty easy and the buildup/irritation issue was 99percent resolved. Well now, a short week after stripp-a-thon 2012, my LO is getting irritated where the elastic bunches. So on her lower back where the top of the diaper hits/ where it’s all scrunchy, she’s got a red area. She also has it to a lesser degree on her thighs. I really don’t want to hand scrub all those seams/elastic areas. Any thoughts on what to do? Ive used the occasional bit of bleach, tea tree oil and vinegar in my wash to great success, and I’m stumped at this point.
Thanks for your help!
Hi Sarah! Thanks for reading! I wish I had a really easy answer/quick fix for you, but it could be any number of things.
If this is a new development, it’s probably not harmless red marks from elastic. Sometimes if diapers are a little loose, they can rub and cause a bit of irritation as baby moves too. On many/most diapers, the area at the waist and legs has PUL touching baby’s skin, and some children are sensitive to PUL. Again, if this is a recent issue, that’s probably not it either.
I think what you’re suspecting is that there is some build up in those bunched areas of fabric. If build up issues are fixed after stripping but come back fairly quickly, I always suggest taking a look at your wash routine and detergent. Rather than scrubbing each diaper by hand or adding anything else to the diapers, I suggest washing them in hot water on a heavy duty cycle several times until the water is completely clean with no residue.
To troubleshoot your wash routine I’d need a little more info about what you’re using and how you wash. You might need to use less detergent, different detergent, or just add an extra rinse or two.
Any thoughts for Sarah?