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According to new research, traditional store bought baby wipes may be causing allergic reactions in some children, including itchy, scaly, red rashes. The discovery, announced in a study published recently in Pediatrics, is small in scope, but it did show that six children seen at the UConn Health Center presented with what appeared to be rashes caused by baby wipes. Study coauthor Dr. Mary Wu Chang, thinks the issue may be more far reaching than thought, noting that rashes caused by baby wipes may be mistaken for other problems such as eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis — food for thought if your child has been diagnosed with any of those ailments but is not improving with treatment. The first little girl seen at the clinic had an angry red rash around her mouth (photo here) and on her buttocks and had been treated with antibiotics and steroids, which failed to work, leaving her doctors to think an ongoing product could be the issue. After asking her mom what products were being used in the home, doctors nailed down baby wipes as the rash culprit, especially after Chang remembered a study about a chemical preservative known as methylisothiazolinone (MI) that’s found in baby wipes. Chang tested the girl for an MI allergy, which came back positive, so Chang recommended her mother quit using the wipes, after which the rash cleared up. Following this episode, Chang ran into 5 other cases of kids who were also allergic to baby wipes.
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As a parent, it’s wise to know that not only are chemicals in products such as baby wipes increasing as time goes on, those products may not even be clearly labeled as containing chemicals that may pose a danger. In fact, Dr. Robin Gehris tells NBC News that she’s seen more kids recently who have reactions to wipes, noting, “It’s possible that this is because manufacturers have bumped up the amount of MI used in wipes 25-fold.” Yikes. Honestly, you don’t need chemicals to keep kiddos clean. You’d be amazed at what a little warm water and a bit of basic soap can accomplish. If you’d like to ditch possibly toxic baby wipes, check out our EASY how to make reusable cloth baby wipes article. You’ll save money, be greener, and most importantly, your tot won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals.