Chemical Used in Some Baby Wipes is Causing Itchy Rashes on Children


Some baby wipes may cause some kids to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes if those baby wipes contain a chemical preservative known as methylisothiazolinone.

Chemical in Baby Wipes Causing Rashes
A scientific study was conducted & announced recently by Pediatrics that showed six children at the UConn Health Center with what appeared to be rashes caused by the baby wipes with methylisothiazolinone.

Babies diagnosed with problems such as eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis may be having issues from the wipes you are using if they contain this chemical.

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Until now, there haven’t been any reports of allergic reactions to moist wipes in kids in the United States, researchers noted in the study published Monday in Pediatrics. But that may be because reactions have been mistaken for other conditions, such as eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis.

“I think it may be more common than people realize,” said study coauthor Dr. Mary Wu Chang, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Chang reported on six children who had developed mysterious rashes and came to the UConn Health Center for help.

The first, an 8-year-old girl, showed up with an angry red rash around her mouth and on her buttocks. She had initially been treated with antibiotics and steroids. Each time she was treated she improved somewhat, but the rash always came back.

When Chang looked at the child’s medical history she started to wonder if the girl might be having an allergic reaction. “What made me think of the wipes was that the rash was on her face and on her buttocks,” Chang said. “So I asked the mother what she was using to clean her.”

The mother told Chang she used baby wipes and then the researcher remembered a report she’d recently read about a Belgian man who had had a reaction to a chemical preservative known as methylisothiazolinone (MI) that’s found in baby wipes and other products. (read more)

For more information on bad baby products, view baby product recalls.

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