how do i get rid of rash from laundry detergent

Rose - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My baby has very sensitive skin. She's definately sensitive towards Johnsons Baby and Aveeno, I use Euricin and Aqauphor on her. For her laundy I use Dreft. My mother suggested I start using regular detergent for her clothes because I was 'keeping' her sensitive. Well I listened to her and now my baby broke out in rash all over! Its red and really dry. I know it has to be itchy. I tried using the usual lotions on her but its gotten worse. Does anyone know of a solution?

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Amy - posted on 06/26/2009

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How to help get rid of the rash, not sure how I can help but to help relieve it if it seems to be bothering your daughter, one thing that helped my son to mellow out when he had and when he has bad rashes are warm baths. I'd keep with the Dreft or Armor Hammor has a baby detergent brand that I used with my son after I switched from Dreft b/c he's like me, sensitive skin to everything. Just trust your instinct next time, you know your daughters skin better than anyone else involved. Thats one thing I had to learn the hardway as well, just trust your instincts when it comes to that kind of stuff.

Brittney - posted on 02/01/2014

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We use All free & clear...more affordable as dreft and just as gentle on my daughter's sensitive skin. A few of her things accidentally went through my laundry and we're suffering a similar rash, though not an itchy one, thankfully.

Melissa - posted on 06/26/2009

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Use the Aquaphor to get rid of the rash, it'll take a few days to go away. Definitly continue to use the dreft, a baby's skin will continue to stay sensitive well until adult hood, so stick with what has been good to use on your daughters stuff.

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Denikka - posted on 02/01/2014

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Oatmeal baths are my best suggestion. Take a sock, fill it with regular oatmeal and run the water through it. That should help with the itching and redness.
I would also suggest running the clothes through a cycle or two with regular white vinegar. That seems to really strip away any remaining residue that can be affecting her :)
Good luck Brittney :)

Jillian - posted on 06/26/2009

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I have reactions to everything and assumed my little boy would be the same so i've allways used non bio persil with the gel tops and wash all our clothes in the same as ours so if his skin rubs against your own he doesn't get any reactions from the change in products somtimes the creams can make the rashs worse till you find the right one

Christy - posted on 06/26/2009

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My daughter has a similar problem.She is allergic to everything it seems like. I cant use Johnson and Johnson,Aveeno,or Gerber soaps or lotions. Her Ped. prescribed her a cream that works wonders. I have to use it three times a day but it keeps its away. I have tried many different things and nothing else worked to rid the rash. I even tried letting it go away on its own....just got worse. She has red spots on several parts of her body. The cream is the only thing that keeps it clear. I dont know if UR child has the same thing as mine but I would consult UR ped. about it just incase. Sensitive skin..psoriasis....runs in my family too though. Good luck and I hope something helps.

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using baby detergent is not going to keep your child sensitive...she needs time to build up her immunity to certain things, esp the biological components in regular washing detergent. my son broke out in a rash once when his clothes was accidently washed in regular detergent and it took almost a week for his skin to go back to normal, if she is itching her skin you should try some camomille lotion, but it should clear up by itself.

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When Eleanor was 1 1/2 months old she had this problem and my cousins child is going through it now at 8 months. Dreft has LOTs of perfume in it. That is why it smells so nice:) Unfortunately it can also cause a rash even if you have been using it for a long time. My doctor had us switch to a perfume/dye free detergent, avoid using body sprays, perfumes, and cologne and use a perscription ointment to get rid of the rash. I did all of that except use the perscribed ointment. The bottle said that I shouldnt use it on the face and eyes and that is where most of the rash was (and her belly/chest) Instead I used a fragrence free lotion and baby wash. Aveeno makes one and my doctor recomended Cetiphil. THey worked really well and in less then a month she was rash free.

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When Eleanor was 1 1/2 months old she had this problem and my cousins child is going through it now at 8 months. Dreft has LOTs of perfume in it. That is why it smells so nice:) Unfortunately it can also cause a rash even if you have been using it for a long time. My doctor had us switch to a perfume/dye free detergent, avoid using body sprays, perfumes, and cologne and use a perscription ointment to get rid of the rash. I did all of that except use the perscribed ointment. The bottle said that I shouldnt use it on the face and eyes and that is where most of the rash was (and her belly/chest) Instead I used a fragrence free lotion and baby wash. Aveeno makes one and my doctor recomended Cetiphil. THey worked really well and in less then a month she was rash free.

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