Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 28

We've been doing well with the Cloth Wipes Challenge and I'm loving the new wipes I made.  They are out of bamboo french terry -- soft, absorbant, and they work well.  Downside -- Izzy's tempermental buttocks decided to break out in a rash. Can't blame it on disposable/unnatural/evil corporation anything this time.  I think it might be the tea tree oil.  Will try less or none of it in the next batch of wipes wash.

In other news, we're trying out the tea tree oil on John's head.  He has seborrheic dermatitis AKA cradle cap (infants) and really bad dandruff (adults).  In adults it is thought to be due in part to a naturally occurring yeast/fungus on the scalp.  Tea tree oil (an antifungal) was listed as a natural treatment for seborrheic dermatitis in adults so we thought we would give it a try.  After making a 5% solution I massaged it in to John's freshly washed scalp and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  He said it "burned... in a good way".  Like lifting weights?  He rinsed his hair afterwards and the angry, flaky red patches looked angrier, redder, but less flaky (hence why I think Izzy is reacting to it).  We'll see how it does after a few weeks.  He had been using Selsen Blue, but doesn't like the smell of the sulfur used in the formula that worked and said it stopped working after a while.

Fun fact, another treatment for seborrheic dermatitis in adults is UV radiation -- hence why John never has a problem with his scalp when he shaves his head!  Definitely a low maintenance easy treatment for dandruff if you don't mind a bald head.

As for infants, I'd shy away from the tea tree oil -- John got some in his eyes and said it burned... in a bad way.  Try a tooth brush and some regular shampoo or olive oil.  Both our kids had/have cradle cap and that is what has worked for us.  In all, it doesn't seem to bother them too much -- it doesn't seem to itch like John's does.

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