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Troubleshooting wool

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    Posted: 29 Apr 2012 at 4:17pm
Alright, I'll start with saying that Ped claims DS has eczema but I'm not entirely sold on that being the issue(though its possible).  He doesn't have any particular pattern to his break outs(from a few days between breakout to a couple of months).  When he breaks out his skin is red-colored but there is absolutely no texture or dryness(like super mild petechiae)  Slathering him up in lotion for sensitive skin seems to help and so does taking a bath.  We have used products for eczema and they work but so do most products without dyes, scents etc(which tend to be for eczema anyway).  Learning from Clare's experience here that lanolin and wool make eczema worse makes me doubt this more.  I can put lanolin lotion all over him with no issues ever.  In fact, Grandma Els is one product that will almost instantly bring the redness down. 

DH has contact dermatitis that is set off by animal hair, plants and some textures--I'm betting DS's issues are more along this line. 

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It seems to be an issue for DS when he is wearing some of his wool interlock.  He gets the redness around the leg cuffs of his soakers and (very rarely) around the waistband.  This only seems to happen when he has soaked his diaper pretty well(like naps or car rides).  He has no problem in his knit soakers or in interlock longies/shorties.  Could it possibly just be the tightness of the cuffs paired with dampness?  Any ideas?

ETA: Strangely enough, the current offending soakers are the ones that were washed in unscented wool wash vs. lavender and the eucalyptus washed soakers.  Confused   




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That sounds more like chaffing to me. Maybe you could try to lanolize those areas very well.
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I don't have much in the way of wool advice. But, I'm thinking there may be an issue with the tighter leg cuffs of the soakers causing the redness. Or the wool wash? Or...? I don't know! Sorry, Jessica.
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Well, I washed and relanolized the offending soakers last night.  I guess I'll try them again.

I'm not sure about the wool wash being the culprit.  I used eucalan on all of the wool I have and not all of it bothers him.  I know for sure the soakers that cause the problem were washed in unscented but I have others that don't bother him washed in unscented as well. 

Its possible they were just ready for a wash...but that doesn't explain why the redness started within a week of washing.  I guess we'll see.  May have to ditch the interlock soakers and stick with shorties or knit soakers
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Originally posted by GreenJessicaA GreenJessicaA wrote:

Alright, I'll start with saying that Ped claims DS has eczema but I'm not entirely sold on that being the issue(though its possible).  He doesn't have any particular pattern to his break outs(from a few days between breakout to a couple of months).  When he breaks out his skin is red-colored but there is absolutely no texture or dryness(like super mild petechiae)  Slathering him up in lotion for sensitive skin seems to help and so does taking a bath.  We have used products for eczema and they work but so do most products without dyes, scents etc(which tend to be for eczema anyway).  Learning from Clare's experience here that lanolin and wool make eczema worse makes me doubt this more.  I can put lanolin lotion all over him with no issues ever.  In fact, Grandma Els is one product that will almost instantly bring the redness down. 

DH has contact dermatitis that is set off by animal hair, plants and some textures--I'm betting DS's issues are more along this line. 

Anyhoo---
It seems to be an issue for DS when he is wearing some of his wool interlock.  He gets the redness around the leg cuffs of his soakers and (very rarely) around the waistband.  This only seems to happen when he has soaked his diaper pretty well(like naps or car rides).  He has no problem in his knit soakers or in interlock longies/shorties.  Could it possibly just be the tightness of the cuffs paired with dampness?  Any ideas?

ETA: Strangely enough, the current offending soakers are the ones that were washed in unscented wool wash vs. lavender and the eucalyptus washed soakers.  Confused   



A couple of thoughts... first what you said about eczema being made worse by wool and lanolin is only true for some.  Both of my boys have eczema (worse with my ODS) and both of them can wear wool AND seem to do better the more heavily the wool is lanolized (I only use unscented wool washes and pure lanolin).  I also use lanolin to treat rashes and it helps them both.  From everything I've learned over the years, there seem to be many different different causes and treatments of eczema - often complete opposite things from person to person.

I've recently been having issues with my YDS getting a rash on his leg near the diaper area.  I wondered at first if it was the wool, but have figured out that it's not by process of elimination.  The issue for us appears to be a wet diaper rubbing on his skin (worse if it's a serged fitted, but even a pinned flat will do it ).  My current answer is padfolded flats in PUL covers since the wet part of the diaper never touches the area where he gets the rash.  He still wears a fastened flat with an interlock soaker overnight and he will have some irritation in the morning, but as long as I change to a diaper that doesn't touch that area it goes away quickly.  So for now, he's wearing wool shorties over PUL covers Embarrassed

Hope you figure out what's causing it for your LO!
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Originally posted by mrscakes mrscakes wrote:


A couple of thoughts... first what you said about eczema being made worse by wool and lanolin is only true for some.  Both of my boys have eczema (worse with my ODS) and both of them can wear wool AND seem to do better the more heavily the wool is lanolized (I only use unscented wool washes and pure lanolin).  I also use lanolin to treat rashes and it helps them both.  From everything I've learned over the years, there seem to be many different different causes and treatments of eczema - often complete opposite things from person to person.

I've recently been having issues with my YDS getting a rash on his leg near the diaper area.  I wondered at first if it was the wool, but have figured out that it's not by process of elimination.  The issue for us appears to be a wet diaper rubbing on his skin (worse if it's a serged fitted, but even a pinned flat will do it ).  My current answer is padfolded flats in PUL covers since the wet part of the diaper never touches the area where he gets the rash.  He still wears a fastened flat with an interlock soaker overnight and he will have some irritation in the morning, but as long as I change to a diaper that doesn't touch that area it goes away quickly.  So for now, he's wearing wool shorties over PUL covers Embarrassed

Hope you figure out what's causing it for your LO!


I hadn't thought about that.  It it possible that the wet diaper edges are causing the problem.  We use GMD workhorses with our wool and the redness is always worse at the edges of the diaper(but it does spread to the area of the cover cuffs/waist).  When we use PUL it is with pad folded flats and PFs so we don't have any problems.  I'll have to look into that too.  A combination of the wet diaper and the tighter cuffs may be the whole problem, not just wool.  Thanks Mama!
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Yeah, all their skin is different and wool won't irritate all kiddos with eczema. I probably wouldn't have suspected the wool unless the dermatologist said 3 times for me to avoid wool and lanolin. Though, the problem was staring me right in the face.

Jessica, I hope you can find a solution for your LO. And one that doesn't mean ditching the super cute soakers or Workhorses!
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Maybe you could try something stretchy like a disana or size up. I know I've been chaffed like that when hiking with wet shorts rubbing my skin. I hope you figure it out
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Does the interlock has something else in it like polyester or nylon? Maybe they have latex in the elastic? Sorry you're dealing with this, skin problems are such a bugger to figure out!
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