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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 12:01 PM   1
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Cloth nappies and eczema/dry skin


A couple of months ago my LO developed a red, circular patch of dry skin on each thigh. I took her to the GP who diagnosed ringworm and prescribed an anti fungal cream. After 2 weeks the circular patches had developed into two red, dry and scaly lines - one on each thigh, sort of parallel to the edge of her nappy but about 1-2 inches below when the nappy elastic sits. I showed it to my health visitor who agreed it was not ringworm and diagnosed dry skin, possibly eczema. My LO has dry skin patches all over her body but these are the only 2 that are red and sore looking. We are trying to treat by applying an aqueous cream several times a day and avoiding fabric softener when washing her clothes and not adding anything to her bath water.

I'm just wondering if the cloth nappies are aggravating or even causing the problem. As mentioned the lines are not where the nappy sits so I don't think it's the elastic rubbing or anything like that. But I'm wondering whether the nappy outer material (minky) is perhaps aggravating her skin or if possibly it's getting damp and that's causing the redness. Anyone had anything similar?
(LO is in pockets with microfibre inserts, if that makes any difference)



 
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 14:13 PM   2
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Unless the minky outer is getting damp then I wouldn't have thought so? Minky is often used in ladies cloth pads as the topping as it's super soft on the skin.

Maybe try some coconut oil on the affected area providing the skin isn't broken?

Sorry I'm not much use but hope someone else can help



 
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 18:16 PM   3
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Second coconut oil.

I don't think you're using products now but I'd avoid all parabans and SLS and biological powder.



 
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 18:17 PM   4
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You could try a touch of oatmeal in the bath water. Wrap some in a muslin attach to tap.



 
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Old Apr 5th, 2013, 18:30 PM   5
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So are the sore bits inside the nappy or outside it? If it was the nappy causing it, I would expect it to be on bits where the nappy touches - I can't see if NOT affecting the area in direct contact with the nappy but causing a rash an inch away from it. If it is inside the nappy, it could be that your LO is sensitive to synthetics - some babies just don't tolerate polyester. You could try switching to non-synthetic nappies and wool covers, but as I said, if it's not in the nappy area I don't think that would help. If it's outside the nappy, I think it's probably just co-incidence that it's near the nappy.



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2013, 03:23 AM   6
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So are the sore bits inside the nappy or outside it? If it was the nappy causing it, I would expect it to be on bits where the nappy touches - I can't see if NOT affecting the area in direct contact with the nappy but causing a rash an inch away from it. If it is inside the nappy, it could be that your LO is sensitive to synthetics - some babies just don't tolerate polyester. You could try switching to non-synthetic nappies and wool covers, but as I said, if it's not in the nappy area I don't think that would help. If it's outside the nappy, I think it's probably just co-incidence that it's near the nappy.
Nope, inside the nappy is fine - just an inch or so below the nappy elastic on each thigh. I was thinking it might just be coincidence too, but know that other people who don't get / support cloth nappies will automatically blame the nappies (my HV tried to do this) so just wanted to rule that out first. I slathered it with aqueous cream last night and it looks much better this morning so I've applied another load and we'll see how it goes.

Bean666 we're now avoiding all products on her skin (except the cream and CC's butter for her nappy area) and we use non bio washing powder and no fabric softener on her clothes but what's SLS?

Also - where can I get coconut oil?

Thanks everyone x



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2013, 03:47 AM   7
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I think you can get coconut oil in Tesco



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2013, 05:31 AM   8
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SLS Is Sodium Laureth Sulphate. It's a foaming agent same as SLES. Usually quite irritating for many people.

With babies (most) parents tend to avoid SLS, SLES and parabens in shampoos, washes and avoid bio powders as these tend to aggrevate sensitive skin, especially those with eczema and dry skin.



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2013, 10:28 AM   9
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It could just be the actual diaper rubbing on the spot aggravating it....I had eczema really bad as a kid and sometimes still deal with it and if anything is rubbing on the spot it makes it so much worse for me.
But that's going to happen with disposables or cloth.....lots of diaper free time I'd suggest! Maybe even a bigger/smaller diaper so that it's totally covering or not touching the area at all....I'll most likely get leaks but what's a bit of extra laundry if it'll help clear it up right?

Keeping it really moisturized is good too. Try grape seed oil. Coconut oil is a good barrier and soaks in a bit but grape seed oil really soaks in to moisturized. (pending skin isn't broken)

Good luck!



 
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 06:02 AM   10
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SLS Is Sodium Laureth Sulphate. It's a foaming agent same as SLES. Usually quite irritating for many people.

With babies (most) parents tend to avoid SLS, SLES and parabens in shampoos, washes and avoid bio powders as these tend to aggrevate sensitive skin, especially those with eczema and dry skin.
My sister advised me of the same parabens are terrible and are everywhere. It's hard to get everything natural but I do try my best, with my skin and that of my children I always use natural products and use the following companies:
Pure Body Butters
Neals Yard
Dr hauschka



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