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the eric update - day 432: everything is more enticing when you have to stand on your tippy toes to get at it!

wow! not only is odin really pretty much almost probably just about standing and forcing us to batten Down The Hatches with his extreme interest in what's in the cupboards, but today we discovered that he's also getting tall enough to spy what might be on the edge of the last safe zone in the house - the top of the kitchen table.

of course, the vast expanse of unexplored space ( at least from this angle, he usually gets a good view of it from his highchair ) is all the more interesting because it requires one to stand precariously on one's tippy toes just to get a look at what hidden treasures might reveal themselves to just within reach, which is this case is a bottle of tea tree oil ( thankfully with it's cap securely tightened ).

we use tea tree oil like other households might use duct tape or maybe butter and it's currently being recruited in the The Great Butt Rash War.

i have no idea if it actually helps alleviate the symptoms, but hey, i guess it can't hurt. who knew the aussies had an academic tea tree research group?

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9/09/2005 07:20:00 PM 3 comments

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hey, if your let'n him go commando you need some sawdust and wood floors. there is some stuff called lansinoh or calendula lotion works well. really would like to know how to hear from you! mfromohio

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 PM  

I've fought a few diaper rash wars and haven't had great results with tea tree oil. My understanding is that it's good at helping things absorb better, whereas with diaper rash it's mostly about creating a barrier between the butt and the diaper.

It's wicked expensive, but Triple Paste (I get mine from www.anyotc.com)combined with Caldesene powder got us through the worst. I know powder gets a bad rap (deservedly so), but when the rash is bad it's really great at keeping the bum dry which is essential to curing that rash.

By Anonymous Lee, at 9:41 AM  

lee: "I've fought a few diaper rash wars and haven't had great results with tea tree oil. My understanding is that it's good at helping things absorb better, whereas with diaper rash it's mostly about creating a barrier between the butt and the diaper."

interesting. i wouldn't rely on tea tree oil as the only treatment for diaper rash, but i hadn't heard about it making things absorb better. we were thinking more about its mild antimicrobial/fungal properties and wiped a little on right before airing it out.

mfromohio: "really would like to know how to hear from you!"

how to hear from us? i guess that'd require picking up the phone and dialing - sooooooooooooon, really :-)

By Blogger e3, at 11:41 AM  

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