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allergic reaction to baby wipes - any advice?

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insywinsyspider Sun 16-Sep-07 20:52:08

ds (16mo) has a milk intollernance from a bad d&v bug in Feb, he has goats milk in cereal and follow on formula for evening milk as he can't seem to cope with cows milk, he still has cheese and milk if its cooked ie cheese sauce but gets upset (colicky) if he has straight cows milk, yoghurt or cheese, we thought the milk also gave him a slightly puffy face and ezema but we stopped using baby wipes for a week and used them yesterday and straight away his face was puffy and his ezema has come back... does this sound possible? we used boots own brand and asda... does anyone know of any good sensitive ones to try? we don't use them very often, ds in cloth nappies and we use flannels but its useful to have some for occasional use in the change bag...

rebelmum1 Sun 16-Sep-07 21:03:12

stop using them and see just use water for a bit

rebelmum1 Sun 16-Sep-07 21:03:44

i suspect its the cheese

rebelmum1 Sun 16-Sep-07 21:04:36

just have to try each one and see elimination

nappynuttynormabutty Sun 16-Sep-07 21:09:06

My LO was ok with Huggies Pure wipes (used to get a rash with Johnsons) tho we now use washable wipes full-time.

insywinsyspider Sun 16-Sep-07 21:16:28

he hasn't had cheese for last two weeks at all hence the baby wipe link, we keep a food diary (sad but true... I needed to know the cause)
since i don't want to spend money on loads of brands of wipes i guess your right reblemum flannels will be best, just a pain when out today

sunshinegirl Sun 16-Sep-07 21:17:59

huggies pure worked for both mine with eczema, not slimy like the others!

pastilla Sun 16-Sep-07 21:18:32

they're quite hideous to use if you're a sensitive type, i wiped my face with one once and 'ouch' sad, i hadn't realised how stingy they were. seeing as you're using cloth anyhow, have you tried taking flannels in a little ziplock bag or buying the herbal ones the nappy lady sells?

CantSleepWontSleep Sun 16-Sep-07 21:21:21

If you do want some bought wipes then I'd try the Simple ones.

Otherwise you could wash some wipes out, then soak them in weak camomile tea, and put them in a box to take out and about with you.

MrsBadger Sun 16-Sep-07 21:27:12

we like the Nature Babycare ones - Waitrose stock them.
They are pricey but like you we only use them when we're out so don't get through many.
(they also do unscented nappy bags - v hard to find)

sunshinegirl Sun 16-Sep-07 21:27:51

Take a little bottle of water and cotton wool?

PillockOfTheCommunity Sun 16-Sep-07 21:29:15

I take cotton wool and a little pot of baby lotion to use instead of wipes

Beachcomber Sun 16-Sep-07 21:48:03

Are you using the wipes on his face? You should try not to if your child has a tendancy to skin flare ups.

Olive oil is good for nappy changes in babies with sensitive skin.

insywinsyspider Mon 17-Sep-07 08:46:29

yes I'm only using wipes on his hands and face if out and about after he's eaten or got mucky - first dc so am now realising this isn't a good idea and trying not to feel bad that its taken me so long to realise its probably whats causing the flare ups
Thanks for suggestions - not keen on using baby lotion as we've just eliminated all baby wash from bath time in favour of Infacare bath bubble as doesn't seem to dry his skin out - Johnsons and Simple were the worst ones for dry skin and then I spent ages mosituring with olive oil to make it better
I think I've just got to get organised and go for water and flannels, might have a look for more natural wipes as last ditch attempt (or try and steal a couple of wipes from other mums to try rather than buying a whole packet!) removed all remaining packets from house yesterday to give away!
Thanks again for your help x

Sheherazadethegoat Mon 17-Sep-07 08:53:41

dd i allergic to wipes and so am i (makes my hands sting) so i just never used them. i made up my 'wipes' using cut up squares of j-cloth soaked in camamile tea and a few drops of lavender while she was in nappies and used faceclothes for hands and face. if we are out and about i just damped some towelling in the loos.

tatt Mon 17-Sep-07 08:55:36

we used to use a boots wipe that you could get in a blue cylinder or little blue sachets. They were hard to find and I don't think I've seen the sachets for ages.

It's not unusual for kids to be able to have cheese before they can tolerate cows milk. You could try adding probiotics to his diet or lactase (health food shop or internet) as temporary lactose intolerance is common after illness.

ScottishMummy Mon 17-Sep-07 08:56:03

try aqueous cream with soft tissue - works a treat any chemist sell tubes of aqueous cream and buy big tub for homewink

casbie Mon 17-Sep-07 09:09:07

buy a whole heap of cheap white flannels and use just water wo wipe bum!

insywinsyspider Mon 17-Sep-07 12:14:58

he's been having probiotic powder on his cereal since he was ill at GP suggestion (hv was rubbish and when I explained cows milk intollerance she suggested probiotic yoghurt!)
Scottishmummy - what is aqueous cream? never heard of it

Lorayn Mon 17-Sep-07 12:26:20

aqueous cream is great stuff, I used it for everything with DD, thankfully she is more tolerant of things now but she had quite severe eczema when she was younger and we were given it by the doctors.

MrsBadger Mon 17-Sep-07 12:31:10

aqueous cream is about the cheapest most basic moisturiser you can get - science bit here
usually £1.99 for a big tub in pharmacies, or you can get smaller tubes thus

ScottishMummy Mon 17-Sep-07 12:40:00

i really rate aqueous cream use it for me and the wee onewink cheap and it does the job

vnmum Mon 17-Sep-07 12:49:24

my DS has a dairy allergy and excema. i found that even the pampers sensitive wipes gave him a rash if used on his face but the normal ones didnt so you cant rely on the sensitive ones being any better. huggies pure were good though, but id just use flannels.

i found DS reacted to the lanolin in aqeous cream, he came out in a red rash, so we were prescribed aveeno bath oil and cream. absolutely fantastic stuff. you can buy it in boots but its about £8 a shot hence why we get it on prescription but its great.

my DS has a dairy allergy rather than an intolerance, he has had it since birth really and he is 21 months now and can just tolerate cheese and yoghurt but still reacts to straight cows milk. when i was researching it in read about lactose intolerance after D&V also so maybe you could look it up on internet, i found out more info that way than through HV or GP

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