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#1 azmom3

 
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:22 PM

We use Huggies. We stopped zyrtec a couple days ago because he's having allergy skin testing done on Monday and needs it out of his system. I guess I didn't realize how much is was working as he's having bigger episodes of hives every day and they seem to itch a lot more. He has a few on his body and face, but his diaper area (front and back) is covered with rash and hives. He took his diaper off during naptime (ok, he never ended up actually sleeping, so maybe I should say rest time.) Anyways, when I went to get him his little butt and sides were so scratched up, they were bleeding. I remember it being like this before we started zyrtec a long time ago, but have had very few problems like this since being on it. Is he allergic to his diapers or would it just appear mostly in this area for some reason? Thanks!

Maybe it's his wipes? I need to check if they're hypo-allergenic.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:34 PM

Let me tell you about when my son was a newborn. At one week old he was broken out in blisters all over his body. It was the detergent that his clothes were washed in. We had to switch to soap flakes. Then his bottom got firey red and hot and sore from the plastic used in disposable diapers. We had to switch to cloth diapers. It was more trouble than disposables, but certainly do-able (think about life before there ever were disposable diapers).

I don't know if your son is allergic to something in the disposable diapers, but you could try using cloth diapers for a while and see if this clears up the hives/rash. (It's actually cheaper to wash and reuse cloth diapers.)
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:42 PM

When my oldest son was a baby, I started him out on cloth diapers--and no matter what I did, be broke out.

I switched to disposable, mainly because I didn't know what else to do. He cleared right up--but--there was one brand, Pampers, that would make him break out in a terrible rash just around the waist. We figured it was something in the materials that they used.

We found a couple of brands that he was ok with, and stuck to them.

So, yes, I would say it's entirely possible that he's allergic to his diapers.
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#4 Ursa Major

 
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:22 PM

My oldest daughter's five kids were/are all allergic to some brands of diapers. One kid could use one brand another one was allergic to, and the other way round. The two youngest are in cloth diapers, it's much easier for her. The twins had to have different brands of diapers when they were younger.

My youngest daughter was allergic to every brand on the market when she was a baby, and I could ONLY use cloth diapers, even when going out, which was a major inconvenience. But not as troublesome as getting rid of the awful eczema she would otherwise get.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:24 PM

Yes, he could be allergic to diapers. My eldest child wore cloth diapers (mother-ease terry cloth, one-size) and did really well with them. When ever he worn disposables (any brand), he'd get a horrible rash. Pampers were the worst for us...even I would get sick from the perfume!

You can get cotton disposable diapers that may be better for him...they're more expensive, but may be worth not having a rash. They also don't have the same fluid absorbing gel in them (this can be a big source of irritation and allergy.)

If you choose to do cloth, wash carefully and rinse thoroughly to eliminate any potential problems from detergent. I would do a soak with borax, wash with detergent, and do a double rinse with vinegar added to remove detergent residue and eliminate odours. I actually really enjoyed cloth diapering with my son...enjoyed it less by the time I had three kids. :)

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:30 PM

Ursula,

And I thought it was bad having 1 child being allergic. I couldn't imagine having different kids allergic to different diapers....what a pain! But then again, they're all allergic to or don't like different foods, and I'm kinda getting used to that.

Thanks everyone! Any recommendations of a kind that might be safer or better than Huggies? I don't think I'll try Pampers after what's been said on here. He'll be back on zyrtec by Tuesday. If he's not having a reaction while on zyrtec, is it ok to keep him with what we've been using? I can't express enought how much I DREAD cloth diapers and would do almost anything to avoid this route.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:38 PM

Ursula,

And I thought it was bad having 1 child being allergic. I couldn't imagine having different kids allergic to different diapers....what a pain! But then again, they're all allergic to or don't like different foods, and I'm kinda getting used to that.

Thanks everyone! Any recommendations of a kind that might be safer or better than Huggies? I don't think I'll try Pampers after what's been said on here. He'll be back on zyrtec by Tuesday. If he's not having a reaction while on zyrtec, is it ok to keep him with what we've been using? I can't express enought how much I DREAD cloth diapers and would do almost anything to avoid this route.


It's a shame you dread cloth...there are lots of brands that work very well. The Mother-ease http://motherease.com/ ones are very absorbent (terry cloth is the best!) and don't leak, and the waterproof covers work very well. They also keep the skin much cooler than disposables. If you're wary about cleaning soiled diapers, you can use a disposable liner inside the diapers that you can just flush away. There is also the option of a diaper service where they do all the washing for you. :)

Tushies http://www.tushies.com/ is one choice of disposable diaper that might work well for you. There are other brands out there too...just do a Google search for organic disposable diapers.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:39 PM

We've always used huggies and haven't had a problem so I can't help. :(

I hated pampers too. Too perfumey.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:59 PM

Azmom, why is your son taking Zyrtec to begin with? If it is because of allergies, is it not possible to remove the allergens, if known?

But if he has to take it, I would still not use Huggies, knowing that he is obviously severely allergic to them. There are brands other than Huggies and Pampers out there, every store chain seems to have their own brand. One of Sarah's twins could only use the storebrand of their local grocery store (I think it was Loblaws, so it might have been the President's Choice brand).
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 06:59 PM

We use Huggies. We stopped zyrtec a couple days ago because he's having allergy skin testing done on Monday and needs it out of his system. I guess I didn't realize how much is was working as he's having bigger episodes of hives every day and they seem to itch a lot more. He has a few on his body and face, but his diaper area (front and back) is covered with rash and hives. He took his diaper off during naptime (ok, he never ended up actually sleeping, so maybe I should say rest time.) Anyways, when I went to get him his little butt and sides were so scratched up, they were bleeding. I remember it being like this before we started zyrtec a long time ago, but have had very few problems like this since being on it. Is he allergic to his diapers or would it just appear mostly in this area for some reason? Thanks!

Maybe it's his wipes? I need to check if they're hypo-allergenic.


We had/have that same problem with 3 of our kiddos. We found out that it was the lining that was in the diapers...both the Huggies and Luvs. Pampers...the more expensive in that brand) was the only one that didn't cause that. Luvs and Pampers are all the same parent company just different packaging. We are also seeing a rash on the baby right now and am considering changing his brand too. Hope you are able to narrow it down. Good luck!
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:10 PM

Azmom, why is your son taking Zyrtec to begin with? If it is because of allergies, is it not possible to remove the allergens, if known?

But if he has to take it, I would still not use Huggies, knowing that he is obviously severely allergic to them. There are brands other than Huggies and Pampers out there, every store chain seems to have their own brand. One of Sarah's twins could only use the storebrand of their local grocery store (I think it was Loblaws, so it might have been the President's Choice brand).


First of all, what are the chances it's his wipes and not the diapers? I know it sounds like I'm probably trying to take the easy way out....I am! :D Seriously though, I would do anything and everything for my kids, so if it's difficult, then so be it...but I might as well try to make whatever I can easier.

He's taking zyrtec for allergies....hives non-stop since he started on solid foods. He still gets them even with the zyrtec, but much less frequently, only a few at a time vs. 100's when not on zyrtec, and they don't seem to itch as much. He has also had some serious asthma attacks (probably associated with the allergies) and this is much more under control since he started on zyrtec. I'm on the same page as you though with removing teh allergens. His first round of tests showed he was allergic to everything they tested him for. wE are doing round 2 on Monday. I have another thread going about how the dr's think he might have eosinophilic esophagitis instead of or in addition to celiac. They will be doing biopsies to check for both the end of November (the soonest they could get him in). We have already removed everything we know he's allergic to and I will attempt different diapers this weekend (and even look at cloth ones.... :ph34r: :ph34r: :ph34r: )
Thanks for all your help, Ursula. I always look forward to your responses as you seem so knowledgeable and helpful. Even if you disagree with someone, you have a way of posing it just perfectly and don't judge no matter what decision they end up making, even if it would be different than your own. We are all so lucky to have you on this board helping to answer our questions. :D :D :D :D :D
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:55 PM

Do you ever use the sipes to wipe his face/hands/feet/belly, etc? If you do an he doesn't break out in those places, then it isn't the wipes...

Now, I have to add my expereinces. My oldest was started out with cloth diapers from a diaper service. I had gotten 6 weeks of diaper service from my babyshower gifts. I thought it would be great, the benefits of cloth, without the hassle of having to wash them myself (did that enough with my 4 younger brothers-gross!). My son developed a horrible, cracking, bleeding, blistering rash. We switched to the double rinsed diapers, and then to the triple rinsed and it made little difference. I finally had to cancel and only used 3 weeks of the service!
He then reacted to Pampers, Luvs and most store brands, but not to Huggies, so we stuck with Huggies. And eventually used the Pull-ups and he was fine.

My second son was fine with Huggies, Luvs, most store brands, and we liked the Kirkland ones from Costco because they were cheaper and better quality than most store brands. We never tried Pampers because of the problem my older boy had and also I hated the smell. Then when my son was 3, wearing Pull-ups and mostly potty-trained he suddenly developed a rash so bad that between changes of Pull-ups his poor little butt blistered and the blisters broke and his skin became meshed with the Pull-up liner, so that when he said his butt hurt and we took the pull-up off it ripped his skin right off and he screamed. I took him to the doctor and they said he must be allergic to something in the pull-ups! He'd been wearing them for months! Well he started wearing big boy underwear that same day.

My daughter wasn't allergic to any diapers at all, but we stuck to only a few brands. I was hesitant to use the pull-ups on her at all. Mostly we used Huggies and Kirkland brand, since we shopped mostly at Costco then, and occasionally Target brand designer colors because they looked cute with her dresses! She is my only girl you know! ;) :D
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 08:05 PM

At the store today I noticed they were selling chlorine-free disposable diapers, so maybe chlorine could be the problem?
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 09:37 PM

Azmom, you make me blush. -_-

I agree that the chlorine could be a huge problem. Try unbleached disposables, that's a great idea. And Mariann, the chlorine could also have been the problem with the diaper service. I am sure they have to use chlorine to get the diapers clean, and no amount of rinsing will get all of it out.

Also, you're right, it could be the wipes, too (or a combination). Not only was I unable to use disposable diapers on my youngest daughter, but I couldn't use wipes, either. I'd just wet a papertowel with warm water and wipe with that, it's almost as convenient as wipes, and cheaper. You might want to try eliminating the wipes, and use wet papertowels or facecloths instead.
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Asperger Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), hypothyroidism, fatigue syndrome, asthma

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 04:00 AM

didn't have time to read the whole thread, but my kids are allergic to pampers. I found white cloud at walmart to be easiest on them. cloth diapers might help too. that was my next step, but these helped so I didn't have to. They're much cheaper too. You might also try using a cool washrag instead of wipes. I'd also be careful of detergent. I only use All free and clear. You might also try something called Caldesene powder. My dad used it on me. I tried it on my kids when nothing else would work and it proved miraculous. You might have to get your drug store to order it if they don't carry it.
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