Baby has a fungal infection (mycosis) and you use cloth diapers, what to do?
What is a fungal infection?
A fungal infection is also called a fungus or mycosis. It is often the cause of redness and small pimples in the seat area and baby's ains. His favorite place: dark, hot and humid places. So the diaper is a real Club Med!
On the other hand, the fungus, unlike the virus, is ultra-resistant because it produces spores as a means of reproduction and also of survival. The spore could be compared to dandelion when it is in its form as egrets. Every little egret in your dandelion would be like a spore and would drop off on your neighbor's property (who probably has more time than you to fight the invasion). In the end, after germination, there are even more dandelions! Spore is the reason why a simple washing of your diapers does not overcome the fungi while it easily destroys gastroenteritis.
But what does that really mean?
If baby has a fungal infection, your cloth diaper will be filled with spores. Especially since the inserts of the cloth diapers are now more and more dense for better absorption, deep cleaning also becomes more difficult. The spore can therefore remain in the fabric for weeks and is not destroyed by regular washing. The problem is that this pending spore will eventually germinate and cause another infection. You'll feel like baby never really recovered from his first infection, but in fact, he just reinfected himself!
How to get rid of a fungus infection?
First, you need to see a health care professional for appropriate treatment. Generally, an antifungal cream is prescribed for a period of about 10 days. But it's not just about applying the cream to fix the problem. We have to get rid of the famous spores!
How to get rid of spores?
If you use cloth diapers, they will need to be disinfected between each use. This means NOT handing them over to your baby without disinfecting them beforehand, throughout the duration of antifungal treatment (so at least 14 days). If you give them back to your baby without disinfecting them, he will be in constant contact with the spores and the infection will not heal.
If you have a huge batch of diapers worthy of a pathological addict (guilty!), you can easily put the "contaminated" diapers apart to organize the disinfection process. However, for most families, this is a huge task and many prefer to use disposable diapers during this period.
Whether you have chosen to use disposable diapers or continue with cloth diapers, the cloth diapers should be disinfected at the end of treatment (and/or during if you continue with cloth diapers). Be sure to use a disinfectant that is approved as a "sporicide" agent, that is, that destroys spores. Bleach is the most accessible and effective product against spores. Remember, disinfection should always be done on clean diapers!