Looking back, I realize this has been a problem for many months now. I need to figure out what is going on.
I really like cloth diapering my babies. I like that I am not spending lots of money on disposables. Not to mention the throwing away of all those diapers. I have been doing this since Anna was a baby and I have never had the troubles I am now experiencing. Poor Peter. His little tush is a mess. I might get it looking better for a few days, but never for long and never completely clear.
There are so many possible culprits that I can't seem to narrow it down to the right one. I thought maybe my washing machine might not be doing so great anymore at getting them clean, although they look and smell clean. So I tried boiling some to see if I could kill anything left after washing them. That didn't help. We have switched to disposables in order to try an anti-fungal lotion, an antibiotic lotion, commercial diaper rash lotions, petroleum jelly, you name it, I have probably tried it! Still, this rash persists, even in disposables, which makes me think it is not the diapers at all.
I also had the theory that it could be allergy related. But why only the diaper area? If it was a food allergy, wouldn't I be seeing a reaction in other places too?
Today, I bought some brand new diapers that are currently being prepped for wearing and a new cover. I will keep these separate from the other diapers and see if that makes any improvement. I also bought a sample size all-natural diaper cream. I read the ingredients and realized I own all of them excepting the shea butter. I did some research on the internet and I found some great recipes for my own homemade lotion that I could make right now. And I did. It is currently cooling on the kitchen counter.
I realize this is really boring reading for most anyone but me. But just maybe, someone might have the answer. So I write and hope.