How Huggies “Natural Care” Wipes Burned My Son’s Skin

I have very sensitive skin. I know many of our friends and family probably thought I was being a bit nuts when everything on our baby registry was organic and for sensitive skin, but I knew there was a good chance that our baby would end up with sensitive skin like mine. So far, we have been very lucky that he hasn’t had too many strong reactions to anything we have used on him. Normally, we always use Earth’s Best Organic Chlorine Free Wipes for diaper changes (found here), and we have never had any problems. Recently, my husband noticed that we were running low on wipes in the diaper bag and picked up something at the grocery store. Since they didn’t carry Earth’s Best at that grocery store, he figured Huggies “Natural Care” wipes would be an okay option (they claim to be natural after all).

After using them a couple of times, I suddenly noticed a horrible rash all over our son’s crotch and thighs, everywhere I had used the wipes during a diaper change. It was diaper rash to the extreme, except it extended far beyond the reach of the diaper (we had a couple of pretty messy diaper changes that involved lots of wiping). By the next day, the rash had become raw and scabby. Whatever chemicals were in the wipes had literally burnt off his skin. Yesterday was absolutely awful…I wanted to get a picture of how bad it was, but that was impossible with the way he was wriggling and screaming from the afternoon all the way until bed time.

I am a huge proponent of natural health care and remedies, and have been making my own herbal remedies for us and our pets for years now. I am going to start a new series of blog posts about my recent journey into expanding my herbal remedy arsenal for our family’s health care. I happened to have just received my new shipment of dōTERRA essential oils yesterday, so I immediately started adding a few of the oils into the lineup to treat E’s raw, irritated skin. Within 24 hours, he is doing so much better. His skin has started healing up a lot. There is still a little bit of scabby area left, but yesterday his entire inner thigh looked raw like the small raw bit in the photo below.

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This is the arsenal of supplies that I have been using on his skin:
California Baby Calendula Cream (this is what I usually use if he has any diaper rash), Burts Bees Res-Q Ointment (has comfrey as the main ingredient, which is great for soothing and healing all kinds of bumps, scrapes, bug bites, etc.), fresh aloe vera, dōTERRA Lavender essential oil (for soothing the skin), dōTERRA Melaluca essential oil (for its cleansing and antibiotic properties), and dōTERRA Frankincense essential oil (for its healing properties).
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I have used lavender essential oil for many things over the years, but I started getting disgusted by the chemical processes most companies use to extract the essential oils. Most essential oils that you find in stores are actually extracted through chemical processes instead of steam or pressure extraction. Instead of getting a concentrated version of a plant with healing abilities, you end up with a concentrated amount of toxins. I discovered dōTERRA essential oils, and have become enthralled with the company the more I learn about them. They only use organic herbs and produce for their essential oils, and the oils are never extracted by chemical means. You know that you are getting the purest form of the plant essence available. I am really excited to start documenting our family’s journey with using dōTERRA essential oils, as well as some new fresh medicinal herbs that I recently added to my herb garden. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Some of the issues we have been tackling lately with herbal remedies (and will be coming to the blog soon) include extreme teething (getting the first set of molars), bug bites and prevention, digestive problems with one of our dogs and one of our cats, my journey with finding natural remedies for my severe and chronic muscle, bone, ligament, and arthritis pain, and other issues as well. For more information on dōTERRA, click here.

*Update: After I published this post, a friend sent me this news article link. Sadly, this is quite a common reaction to wipes in general. Be sure to check the ingredients on the wipes you use or make your own! The Earth’s Best wipes that we use thankfully do not have the chemicals that the article mentioned, which is why our son never had this problem before.

Baby E 6 Week Update

Our baby boy “E”, has been much happier the past few days. Every day it seems like he is feeling a little better without the dairy/soy in my diet and therefore in his. He still has some pretty fussy periods at night, but he has been so much happier overall.

He is growing up so quickly! He outgrew the size “tiny” cloth diapers this week and moved up to size small. Not that he was really ever “tiny” to begin with (he was over 9 pounds at birth!), but it still made me a little sad. My little guy is getting so big so quickly! My husband and I are in love with this little outfit shown below. He looks like such a strong little guy in it. 🙂

Another thing of note this week is that he outsmarted the Velcro close swaddle blankets. I could tell even before he was born that he was not going to like to be swaddled because he was constantly pushing out against my uterus, trying to find more room. Swaddling him with blankets only worked for the first couple of days. By about the third day in the hospital, he figured out how to get out of those in no time. We started putting him in the Velcro close swaddle blankets for bed time, and he never seemed to like them. One morning this week, we looked over to see him with his arms and legs all out of the swaddle, with just the Velcro part left around his waist. We have since given up on trying to swaddle him at bed time, and let him wear big boy footie pajamas to bed now. 🙂

Other than us and my parents, E has not met too many people yet except for when we have gone to all of our doctors’ appointments. Apparently he is already working on his flirting skills with the ladies and has taken a liking to nurses. He charms all of the nurses at all of our appointments. At one of our appointments this week, we walked past two nurses and they made a “what a cute baby!” comment. He heard them say that, turned his head toward them and gave them a big huge smile. What a little charmer! 🙂

All of our furry kids love E a lot, but his “sister” (seen below) has a special devotion to E. She seems to think of him as her own baby and rarely leaves his side. If he is napping and starts to wake up, she runs to come and get me. It is so cute how she is always watching out for him!

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This last one was his very upset face after our dogs chased away the birds E was watching in our back yard. 🙂

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New Cat Dress

I love animals.  I love clothes.  I especially love clothes with animal prints on them (as dorky as that may be), like my owl print top, my horses print dress, and my cats and roses dress.  I really love my new dress with the little cat prints on it!  I also love my”new” vintage Chanel slingbacks. 🙂

My favorite part of these pictures…Our dog Shombay finally learned how to give me air kisses, just like he sees our cats doing. 🙂

Dress:  H&M
Sweater:  Lara (South Bay Galleria)
Tights:  Target
Shoes:  vintage Chanel
Purse:  vintage

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