Mum’s warning: ‘Buying cheaper nappies just isn’t worth it’
REBEKAH'S baby girl was very fortunate to not get nappy rash for the first 12 months of her life.
But that very quickly changed two months ago when the 22-year-old single mum decided to change from Huggies to the Woolworths brand - Little Ones.
"I'm a single mum and had just been laid off in my job - so it was an affordability decision," Rebekah tells Kidspot.
In just two short days - the Sydney mum started to regret her decision after her daughter, Lily, broke out in a very nasty rash.
"I tried Sudocrem but that didn't work so I went to the doctor and he gave me steroid cream."
That didn't help at all as the rash became even more unbearable.
"She was screaming and her skin was peeling. It went all the way down to her middle of her thigh so she was waddling because it was so uncomfortable," her mum explains.
"When I would give her a bath she would become hysterical. I didn't know what to do - it was terrible."
At a complete loss of how to make her little girl better, Rebekah went back to her doctor who prescribed antibiotics for Lily.
"He said there must be something in the nappies that was burning her skin and that I must stop using them."
Rebekah went straight out and bought Huggies nappies again and just two days later Lily's burning and excruciating rash had significantly improved.
The day she stopped using the Little Ones nappies - Rebekah emailed Woolworths but didn't hear anything back so she called the next day.
"They said all they can do is give me a $50 voucher but I told them that I wanted to speak to someone more superior because that wasn't good enough."
It took multiple emails and phone calls over numerous weeks before Rebekah finally spoke to someone who offered her a $100 voucher.
"I was so annoyed that I had to chase them and then when this was all they could offer - I was really angry that they haven't taken them off the market," she says.
"I've seen other mums online experience the same thing with the same nappies."
The furious mother says Lily's reaction was not even close to a "normal nappy rash".
"I've been around kids my whole life and I've never seen a rash like that from nappies."
She has decided to speak out to warn other parents about not taking the budget option.
"People need to be aware about using cheap products. Being a single mum, I try to provide as much as I can for Lily but not when it comes to health - I refuse to now - it scarred me for life."
Kidspot has contacted Woolworths for comment.
However, not all Huggies customers are happy with their products either despite forking out the extra cash.
A first-time mum took to Huggies Facebook page just 24 hours ago to complain that her son, who is now walking, reacted almost immediately when switching to Huggies nappy pants.
"I put him in one and put him to bed as usual and he woke up 2hours later screaming, kicking his arms and legs completely in pain. I tried everything to settle him but he was still so upset so I gave him a shower and as I took the nappy off he had a massive red patch - I could feel the heat from the mark and I could tell it was a burn."
Huggies responded saying that they would investigate the situation.
"The health and safety of your baby is our number one priority, please rest assured all components in Huggies Nappies have been tested to ensure that they are safe and will not cause irritation."
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.