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Avrie_44
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Hello, My neice is 1 years old and seems to get diper rash very badly if we use baby wipes on her, so we use a face cloth to clean her, i was wondering if there was some thing out there we can use instead of the face cloths. something hypoallergenic or something.
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Heather
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What kind of baby wipes were you using?

I ask, because most commercial brands are very heavily fragranced, and synthetic frgrances can cause allergic reactions pretty commonly.

You might try looking into wipes from a natural foods stores, without bleaches or perfumes. If that still doesn't work and a washcloth does, I don't see why sticking with the washcloth is a problem. I've known many mothers who used them -- for both health reasons as well as environmental ones -- if it's an issue of it being inconvenient when out, you can keep moistened cloths in a plastic baggie or tupperware to transport them.


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But isn't it unsanitary to use them, would you use the same one over or keep getting a different on, wouldn't bactira grow on the cloth and some how harm the baby.
thanks so much for your help. you are all wonderful people.

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You'd put each one through a wash and boil after you used it, so yeah, you'd have to buy a big batch of cloths first (or use cloth diapers for this). You do that, no worries about germs: think how many more babies in history DIDN'T use disposable baby wipes than those who did.

But since washcloths are WAY more absorbent than paper baby wipes, you rarely need to use more than one per wipe, so that can go a long way and also cost a lot less in the long run (and see? Better for the enviornment, too).

When I used to do that method (when I ran an alternative preschool and kindergarten) or make packs for friends, I made a wipe formula for the cloths out of pure castille soap, water and a drop of cammomile oil (soothes the skin), and just put the days wipes in a tupperware, keeping a larger ziplc baggie or another tupperware for the used ones -- just rinse'em out first -- until they could be washed.

If that doesn't work or appeal, again, try the unfragranced, unbleached sort from a natural foods store.

Glad to help.


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Huggies or is it pampers? umm... I will double check next time I am at Walmart, but one of them makes a wipe for sensitive skin. Whenever my son got a diaper rash, I always switched to clothes. It didn't burn. When you think about it, the dollar store sells them for 4-5 for a pack. A $15 investment in cloth ones pays for itself in about 2-3 weeks. A lot of money is spent on wipes that are thrown out.

If your neice gets a lot of diaper rashes then her mother should be bringing her to the docs. Babies can get yeast infections and other infections on their bottoms that can be quite nasty. Diaper cream with zinc oxide is amazing for sensitive bums. Lather it one, can't put too much. It's fairly cheap, even no name versions are great.

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My soon-to-be stepsister's baby is also very allergic to most baby wipes. We've found that Wet Ones wipes with vitamin E don't irritate her at all. If you try them, just be sure to get the ones with vitamin E and not the antibacterial kind. They tend to be more irritating.

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It amazes me, the amount of chemicals and fragrances in baby products. I've got sensitive skin and some baby products bring ME out in a rash, never mind a baby's thin, delicate skin.

I have irritable bowel syndrome, so tried baby wipes as an option for cleaning my sore backside - not much of an option!! I now swear by "moist toilet tissue" that we have in England - I guess you probably have it in the US too? Seems to be much more gentle than baby wipes!! Go figure, as you say over there.

If anyone knows of any individually wrapped hypoallergenic wipes I could fit in a small bag when I'm out I'd love to know.....!!


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Another BIG culprit for diaper rash is the disposable diapers themselves. They're made of pretty much NOTHING but chemicals.

Changing the baby more frequently can also cut down on the time her skin's in conact with waste, and can cut down on the diaper rash.

If you want to clean her with something disposable, just moisten some paper towels when you change her with plain warm water. They'll clean her just as well.


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