Ugh. We have been battling yeast rash now for over a week now. It originally was a very mild case so we used liners on her diapers and started our usually diaper rash treatment prescribed by her doctor. After getting better and now horribly worse I finally broke down and decided it was time to give the diapers a good old fashioned tea tree oil treatment.
It is a fairly simple process and takes no time to do. Here is my routine.
Wash Diapers Per Usual.
1. Cold Rinse with 2 tablespoons of vinegar
2. Hot/Cold Wash with my detergent (2 cups washing soda, 2 cups baking soda, 2 cups oxiclean)
3. Extra Cold Rinse
Once Finished I do yet another rinse and depending on the load size add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Followed by yet another rinse. Process complete. I then sun my diapers outside and dry my inserts on high. (I'm using pocket diapers)
It is a fairly simple process and now all her diapers smell of yummy tea tree oil. I also have made a tea tree/coconut oil diaper rash rub consisting of 1/2 tsp of tea tree and 6 tablespoons of coconut oil. I melted the coconut oil and added the tea tree. Blended well and then put it the the fridge to harden up quickly. (Note if your baby's booty has any open sores this will HURT so do not use!)
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree is a natural anti fungal and antiseptic. It also naturally helps get the stink out of your diapers. It is a natural way of killing yeast as well as has many other benefits around the home.
We actually mix 1/2 tsp of tea tree oil with 1 cup water and use it as a pee pee cleaner for our horrible chihuahua (We love her she is old).
As mentioned above you can mix tea tree oil with another oil such as coconut or olive oil and use it as a diaper rash treatment. Do not use though if there are open sores in the rash. You will not be happy with the reaction your child gives.
I am now adding 4 drops of tea tree oil at the beginning of my wash cycle in hopes of yeast never returning. If you make your own wipe solution try adding a couple drops to it as well. It will help kill any fungal growth on your baby's bottom as well as give them a lovely smell.