Posted by Mother-ease Inc. on January 19, 2004 at 12:40:41:
In Reply to: polyester allergy? posted by laura q. on January 17, 2004 at 14:06:15:
: my son has this incredible rash. we have tried everything! including switching detergent, switching our washing routine, turning up our hot water tank temp., and fleece liners. the doctor has given us preion ointments, and we've tried over the counter skin creams. all with no relief. his rash is an awful red, swollen area all over where his dipe touches. plus his skin keeps peeling and he has blisters that bleed. it occured to me today that he only started getting a rash a few days after we switched to motherease(we were using prefolds). could he be allergic to polyester? has anyone heard of this type of rash? any help would be appreciated.
Polyester is a nonallergenic fibre so it shouldn't cause an allergic reaction.
Also, our terry fabric is specially knit with only 100% cotton yarns touching your baby's skin. The polyester is knit into the base of the fabric to make the fabric more durable.
Perhaps the rash is contact dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the skin caused by contact with various substances. The most common cause of contact dermatitis is detergent left on washed clothes. An extra rinse adding 1/2 cup of vinegar will help remove soap residues and lower the ph balance.
New fabric starches may cause a reaction if they are not completely washed out before the diaper is used. We recommend that the diapers be washed a few times in hot water with a regular strength detergent before they are used for the first time.