Why Baby Wipes Are Really Not That Great

Before wiping your sweet baby’s face with the oft-used and convenient baby wipes, you might want to read the shocking results of a 2014 study. It shows that some baby wipes might not be so safe after all.

Many parents rely on this wholesome product that promises to wipe away dirt and grime from curious hands and feet, not to mention sticky mouths and cheeks. And while they do work, it might do more harm than good according to the study.

However, Dr. Mary Wu Chang, author of the study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has revealed that some baby wipes, particularly those manufactured by Kimberly-Clark, contains a preservative that causes rashes and irritation on the skin.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) found in these baby wipes causes allergic contact dermatitis; a condition where redness and swelling occurs from touching an allergen. This may cause the skin to peel or liquid to ooze out from the skin.

There were reports of crusting and blistering around the mouth, cheeks, hands and buttocks area and this one preservative was to blame. Two baby wipes were said to contain this allergen, Cottonelle and Huggies brands from Kimberly-Clark.

The study points at these two brands but we might need to check our usual brands if they have this preservative to make sure our little ones are kept safe from harm.

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