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Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:23 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Have you tried aquaeous cream, Daydreaming? The nurse at my GP practise recommended it for a very very very very mild eczema I have (apparently) and I use it every now and again.

Would the dermatological soap would be suitable for the melt and pour thing you mentioned, Bouncy? You'd have to be careful with the types/sources of oils you use too I suppose?

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Actually, I have soda crystals - I use them in my nappy wash. Is that what Sally means?

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Bugs. I started with aqueous cream but it's not enough to hydrate her skin. We've been to the GP and now have a variety of dermotological creams and bath emollients but I'm sad that we can't use anything to make her smell nice

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You mean when she refers to Caustic soda? no caustic soda is a lethal drain cleaner which i would imagine is far too potent to put anywhere near a nappy. Its the type of stuff you put down the drain and you can feel the heat created as it reacts with the water in the pipe[- very dangerous stuff

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah. I doubt it's the same stuff then.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It really isn't please don't swap over by mistake -you will melt your nappies and possibly blind yourself if the mix goes in your eyes!!!!

moogie



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a condition which means I can't use normal soaps and shower gels and the like, but have found something which whilst being very undownsizery is extremely good - its sainsburys own sensitive bath range. It is totally soap free and absolutely brilliant, even better than aqueous cream which I tried for ages. And it doesn't break the bank either. They do a shower gel and a bath creme and all that kind of stuff. Might be worth a try. Sorry to be terribly undownsizery about it

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
I have a condition which means I can't use normal soaps and shower gels and the like, but have found something which whilst being very undownsizery is extremely good - its sainsburys own sensitive bath range. It is totally soap free and absolutely brilliant, even better than aqueous cream which I tried for ages. And it doesn't break the bank either. They do a shower gel and a bath creme and all that kind of stuff. Might be worth a try. Sorry to be terribly undownsizery about it



not everything about sainsburys is bad-i met my wife whilst working there-she was the first YTS girl-showing my age again

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

moogie wrote:
Sorry to be terribly undownsizery about it


You'll have to confess to one of the Founding Fathers and then bake 12 loaves and knit a pair of Wellingtons as penance

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks moogie. I've been trying to find something else for ages and I'm too chicken to try something that hasn't been tried by someone I know first. It's been hard work getting her skin into the condition it's in now.
She had it on her scalp a few weeks ago - I couldn't show her off to anyone and a year old, she is awfully cute!!

pink bouncy



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When you add lye solution to fat you get two things, soap and glycerine. The problem is that glycerine is worth more money than soap. It also gums up the machines the commercial soap companies use so they remove the glycerine and sell it seperately. That is what makes soap so harsh and drying. Hand made soap has the glycerine left in it so it is much milder than anything you buy in the shops.
I have a friend whose daughter has eczema and she used some of my chamomile and calendula soap and she said it was lovely. It didn't help her eczema, but it didn't harm it like other soaps have. It just left her skin clean.

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 05 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now that's what we need!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Eczema is a tricky thing, it could be triggered by a type of washing powder or even by a particular food type (eg I know one person who can't use any sort of commercial detergent at all, and another who can't go near dairy products without their skin flaring up). Have you explored those possibilities with your daughters skin?

As for the soap, you could try a totally plain soap (like that olive castile if you fancied trying soapmaking anyway) and if she tolerates that well, then try adding soothing herbs like Pink Bouncy suggests.

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had this discussion with OH last night. I think we are worried about the caustic soda and young children in the house, maybe it's better to buy soap from farmers markets for now.
My mother bought some soap especially for my little girl at a farmers market - it smelt lovely. The chap she bought it from said it was for sensitive skin. It came as broken pieces, so I guess this must be similar to what you make. I was too nervous to use it on her so I use it myself and it's lovely. My OH uses it to wash his face, he likes it too.

Sally - baby eczema is a common condition, I'm hoping she will grow out of it as most do. I use the recommended non-bio washing powder and there is no obvious food source causing a problem.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hope it wasn't just my rant that put you off caustic soda, read up about it and read the side of the box before making decisions. Its not a nice substance, but there again neither is bleach and sometimes its a neccessity almost. Its the fact that its a chemical reaction creating a huge amount of heat and the chemicals can spit that makes me wary. In the right hands used responsibly i am sure it would be safe

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