Baby wipes are a basic and essential item for parents. They are perfect for cleaning up a variety of messes. You can get a pack and throw them in the car. Baby wipes are perfect for cleaning sticky faces, hands, and toys on the go. But they are not as safe as we thought. NBC News reported about a study that showed baby wipes are not good for our children’s skin.
The test results showed that many children had red, itchy, and scaly skin from baby wipes. Dr. Mary Wu Chang works at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics, She is also the co-author of the study. She experimented with different children and got six reactions that intrigued her.
Dr. Chang remembered another report about a man in Belgium that had a severe reaction to a chemical preservative called methylisothiazolinone. This was the same chemical in the wipes that was responsible for the skin irritation seen in the children.
The chemical can be found in popular brands like Huggies, Cottonelle, and Johnson & Johnson – to name a few. Because of the concern about the skin reactions from methylisothiazolinone, companies are considering removing it from their products. The goal is to replace it with a more natural additive. Dr. Ellen Frankel, another dermatologist, confirmed that she will advise parents not to use baby wipes because of all the chemicals they contain.
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Be sure to check the ingredients listed on the next package of baby wipes you look at before you buy! Spread the word!