What to do if your child reacts to wipes
13 February 2012 | Admin
You probably know but one of the reasons that I started Cheeky Wipes is because I have really sensitive skin and have had eczema since I was a child. Thankfully now it is limited to the occasional flare-up (especially if I'm stressed or anxious. Or pregnant....)
When my eldest son was born, disposable wipes were really irritating my hands, leaving them sore and cracked. I started using reusable cloth wipes so that I could control what I was putting into the wipes. Over time, I developed a system for making reusable wipes easy, both at hoe and out and about.
Cheeky Wipes was born shortly after that in 2008! All three of our fresh wipes essential oil blends can be used diluted as cleansing wipes, Lavender & Chamomile, Mandarin and Rose & Rose Geranium.
If your baby has a reaction to wipes or any skincare product you should:
- Immediately wash the affected area with clean water (pop them in the bath if it's easier)
- Apply Sudo-Cream or similar if necessary until the redness dies down
- Stop using that particular product immediately
If your child reacts to Cheeky Wipes, it could be one of two things. They could be allergic to the oil, or the oil may not have been distributed well throughout the wipes. To do this, when you make your oil and water solution up and insert your wipes, it's important to give them a good squish, so that the oil is evenly distributed by hand.
Why do we use essential oils in Cheeky Wipes?
Well aside from smelling fabulous and leaving your baby smelling great, the essential oils also have other skin healing properties. Plus they're all anti-septic and anti-bacterial to some extent.
Lastly, they also act as a preservative, helping to keep your wipes smelling fresh. You can certainly use Cheeky Wipes without the fresh wipes oil, but we'd only recommend soaking as many as you would use in a day (10 at a time) as otherwise they might go musty.
What if my baby is allergic to essential oil?
It's really unusual to be allergic or have a reaction to any of the oils, but it can happen. It is possible to be allergic to Lavender (and I know it can give some people migraines) however you would probably be aware of this pretty quickly as it is contained in so many baby products for it's soothing properties.
Use your Cheeky Wipes with water only for a few weeks and then you can re-introduce the oil – we usually recommend trying the mandarin version as a good alternative.