Recs for hand soap needed!

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Registered: 05-17-2004
Recs for hand soap needed!
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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 11:02am
The antibacterial soap that they have at Nick's daycare is tearing his hands to pieces. They are all red and itchy and I know it must be the soap. Does anyone have any good recommendations for a hypo-allergenic, natural soap that won't dry his hands out so badly? Daycare says I can bring a soap in for him. ***sighhhhhhh****








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Registered: 06-05-2006
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 11:25am

I am very sensitive to soaps and pretty much use Dove for everything.

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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 11:59am
Lucas has eczema and we've been round and round with soaps, detergents, lotions, etc. My recs would be Dove, Cetaphil or Burt's Bees. No dyes or fragrances. Antibacterial is hell on sensitive skin, so steer clear. As long as they wash his hands for 20 secs using good friction, he'll be fine without the antibacterial. The detergents in most soaps are also hard on skin. They strip away the fat between skin cells, drying the skin out and making it crack. Burt's Bees has little to no detergent (this is what we use). Dove and Cetaphil do, but they tend to be mild enough not to do much damage. If you really want to be a purist... soap, no detergents, you can order pure soaps online, but he'll probably do just fine with one of the really mild ones.

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Registered: 10-13-2004
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 1:58pm

I tend to get eczema on my hands and other spots, Andrea, and my dermatologist and FP doc have both said to use Dove.


As for liquid soaps, I can't use antibacterial, either. I get instant flare ups from it. I have found that the new Dial liquid soap with yogurt and aloe works for me. I bought it because I couldn't find Dove liquid anymore. No



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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 5:03pm

me too. awful eczema on my hands in particular. Much worse in dry climates or during winter. The hospital is very hard on my hands, ugh. I use Dove soap too, and desonide 2x/d does help when its very bad. I've used *every* lotion there is and as god as my witness that cheap Gold Bond works the best. Elliot has same problem, and I use the Gold Bond on him too. Its probably all the phthalates I try to avoid which are working LOL. Incidently, I use California Baby extra sensitive pump soap for the kids here, and it really rashes out Elliot too. Go figure.

And YES, antibacterial soaps are total HOGWASH! Don't use it!! Teach your kid to use soap and lather for the same duration it takes to sing "Happy Birthday". Like Anne said, removing bacteria and soil is a *mechanical* not chemical action. Say NO to antibacterials. I do not fear nuclear holocaust, it will be anitbacterials/antibiotics that take us all down LOL.


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Registered: 05-17-2004
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 8:58pm

Well, you are sooooooo right about the darned antibiotics!! I updated in my other post as to why antibiotics stink. ;=)

Thanks for the info about California Baby...I'd considered ordering some online. I probably won't now.









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Registered: 02-21-2007
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 2:43pm

Good old fashioned LYE soap!

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