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um... can babies be allergic to disposables? i mean...is it a not so uncommon occurance?

(23 Posts)
TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 22:53:50

just that ds3 seems to flare up lots in thenappy rash dept...and even when hes not visibly sore he doesnt half maul himself given half a chance in a manner which suggests itchiness...

would be ultimate shitty mother award to me if he were, given that hes like 17mo and been in them from day 1...

TooTicky Mon 02-Jul-07 22:56:48

The absorbent gel can cause problems. Also, disposables do contain various chemicals. Don't feel bad, but do think about changing to cloth

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 23:05:33

yeah.... i guess... for the last few months... well.. <thinks> is prob about a year or so, eh?

reusables is all greek to me tho [inept][stressed to eyeballs already]
have tried to make sense of it all vaguely before...didnt get far...

is for a 17mo and there are mulitple people who will be using them (so they need to be obvious/easy). can wash and tumble dry, or hang, most days... any ideas???

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 23:06:30

<and thanks tooticky for saying not to feel bad. is nice of you to say. obv i do tho...>
[meek smile]

TooTicky Mon 02-Jul-07 23:08:16

Terry squares dry quickest. Shaped nappies are easiest. It's a good idea to have more than one type anyway. There are nappy experts on here (Flame, I think, in particular) who know exactly what is available.

TooTicky Mon 02-Jul-07 23:09:15

Hey, you can't do everything! As a mum of 4, I know I often miss obvious things.

tutu100 Mon 02-Jul-07 23:10:06

My ds gets a rash and very sore testicles from disposibles, but we do still use them occasionally. I get a reaction to sanitary towels so I guess it's the same sort of thing. You are not a bad mother.

There are several women on here who can help you if you choose to change to cloth. You can either post for help, or look out for Flamesparrow, Snugglebum and I think it's Nappyzone. They are all lovely and very knowledgable. They will be able to reccomend something.

Also don't know if you've ever looked at cloth nappies but there are some really funky ones out there.

Califrau Mon 02-Jul-07 23:12:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 23:13:04

<sniff>
<bouyed>
thanks guys

i shall consult the aforementioned gurus then... thanks.


ooh, 1 thing... do you have to change them much more often? disposables absorb ever such a lot...

TranquilaManana Mon 02-Jul-07 23:14:31

oh yeah?
mibbe worth a try.

is gonna be painful trying to get dp to adjust to washables...

tutu100 Mon 02-Jul-07 23:32:49

I find that I do have to change cloth slightly more than disposibles, but it works out I only use 1 more nappy a day.

Have you tried using different brands. I find my son doesn't seem to react to Moltex, but they are really expensive so I use cloth as much as I can.

jellycat Mon 02-Jul-07 23:40:17

Yes, my ds2 developed an allergy to Pampers at about 18 months (had been using them since birth). Now he is in Nature nappies and his botty has recovered. Did try washables but didn't get on with them (for various reasons, including ds1 being allergic to the wraps )

Flamesparrow Mon 02-Jul-07 23:54:56

Gimme an email We'll get you sorted in the most painfree way possible

(Been meaning to reply to yours, but has been sooo hectic!)

TranquilaManana Tue 03-Jul-07 10:00:39

tutu and jellycat - havent tried (or heard of) moltex... will look into it... he (and ds2 who doesnt seem to have any problems with them)is in pampers pull-ups during the day and nature nappies at night. i find nature more absorbent and assume they are beeter for the skin ...tho i am as they styill have that gel in them... the pull ups in daytime is coz i have the wriggliest kids on the planet. like, seriously.

flame - will send you an email now, thanks ...hoping youll tell me you have cloth pull ups!!

ShrinkingViolet Tue 03-Jul-07 10:05:33

you get poppered nappies which you could close up first and use as a pull up.

mistlethrush Tue 03-Jul-07 10:10:54

Ds was in washable most of the time (Tots bots shaped for nursery and when out, prefolds otherwise, both with Nature Babies wraps) and nappy rash only normally flared up with disposables. However, use disposables when away and the best to try not to get nappy rash has been Moltex - we can get them in specialist baby shop and also wholefood co-operative.

Hope you sort it out soon

TranquilaManana Tue 03-Jul-07 10:34:50

hmmm, thasnks will bear those things in mind...

Enid Tue 03-Jul-07 10:35:59

dd3 gets terrible terrible nappy rash with some disposables

the nature boy/girl ones are fine though and we now use washables at night

witchandchips Tue 03-Jul-07 10:41:28

Do you have carpets? If not you could let him do without anything when he is at home or in the garden. This may alleviate some of the symptoms.

TranquilaManana Tue 03-Jul-07 11:16:37

carpets atm... moving back into our own house in about a fortnight tho, and all wood floors in there... yes, is strong motivation for early potty training!! lol

witchandchips Tue 03-Jul-07 12:06:09

Hints: wait until after he's pooed or have potty nearby when you see signs of grunting!

BabiesEverywhere Tue 03-Jul-07 14:02:32

My DD as a newborn had a bleeding weeping nappy rash from Pampers nappies. Cleaned up after introducing a potty and cloth nappies, never to return.

The pharamacy bloke at Boots said that allergies to disposal nappies chemicals is more common than we think.

TranquilaManana Tue 03-Jul-07 17:17:18

have managed to scramble together a terry square and muslin inside in something approximating anappy, and topped off with a motherease wrap (i found lying around??)

this was in response to having him running about in the fresh for a bit and him suddenly and without warning farting a great wet liquid poo on the new floor of my almost finished house. what a little darling, eh? (have to admit, was funny)

will have to see how he is in a bit...

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