According to one study published in the journal Pediatrics, numerous brands of baby wipes contain harmful preservative that can cause painful rashes.
Eventhough wet wipes are very conveninet and useful disposable cloths for wiping babies’ bottoms and other body parts that get dirty, they should not be used because it was discovered that they contain a harmful substance that causes painful rashes, even in those that are touted as hypoallergenic. Mothers should be careful when purchasing baby wipes from baby brands that claim their wet wipes are hypoallergenic.
The chemical contained in them is called methylisothiazolinone.
The uthors of the study Dr. Mary Wu Chang and Radhika Nakrani looked at the cases of six children, ages 3-8, who suffered from constant rashes that could not be healed with the traditional treatments such as topical and oral antibiotics and steroids. All the parents confirmed that after they have uses wet wipes, the rashes appeared. Chang makde some tests which revealed that the children were allergic to the aforementioned chemical. Once the parents stopped using those wet wipes, the rashes dissapeared.
It was used in lower concentrations
Dr. Chang told the HealthDay:“This preservative is not new, but it was used as a combination preservative with other chemicals for many years. In order to reduce allergic reactions, it is now being used as a single preservative, but in higher concentrations, and now people are developing allergic rashes to the new formulation as well”.
During her research, Dr. Chang found out that in some products, this chemical has been increased from 3.7 parts per million to as much as 100 parts per million, since 2006 when the old combination of preservatives was phased out. The worst thing is that this chemical was not only found in wet wipes, but in many other personal care products such as lotions, shower gels, shampoos, sunscreen, etc. currently, this preservative is banned from cosmetics in Canada and Japan. Moreover, The European Union has already acted to place warning labels of the possible harmful effects.
Kimberly-Clark, one of the largest manufacturers of wet wipes, provided a statement that said that they have been evaluating alternative preservative over the past few years and as the beginning of this year, they will start producing new wet wipes that are methylisothiazolinone – free.
Because of this, make sure to read the labels on the baby wipes packages in order to avoid such problems and try to avoid buying personal care products and cosmeticas that contain this chemical.