Experts are warning against the use of baby wipes, find out why!
Baby wipes are a huge part of every parent’s life. In fact every household has a bag of wipes in some corner of the room or the other. Can you imagine life without baby wipes? Well!! Some people can certainly can as they found out the hard way of why you should never use baby wipes and why?
Experts are now warning people not to use baby wipes containing harmful chemicals because some of them can cause some horrible allergic reactions. I’m sure you’re wondering how come a baby wipe could be causing an allergic reaction especially when it’s supposed to clean up the mess your baby makes. But it is now being proved that these wipes are casing allergies in adults and children. Not just baby wipes but adult wipes too.
1 What is the ingredient causing rash from baby wipes
The main culprit is the preservative that is contained in the wipes called methylisothiazolinone. But you won’t find this word on the package as it is denoted only by the abbreviation MI. According to research, MI can cause a severe form of dermatitis in children which as you know is an itchy rash.
The image below is that of a participant of a study that showed the comparison of wipes which contained MI between those who did not. This is an eight year old child who sued wipes with MI and contracted the rash. As soon as he switched to a non MI wipe, the rash disappeared. The study followed up with a MI allergy test patch which confirmed the conclusion.
2 Rash caused by baby wipe ingredient MI proved by study
The study was published in the Journal pediatrics which recommends testing of a wipe if it caused allergy on extremities such as anal, face, buttocks and hands. Allergies from baby wipes have also been reported from Birmingham where this child was one victim of allergies from wipes. Although it wasn’t clear if the rash was caused by MI, still it was alarming that such rashes were being observed after sing baby wipes.
Several manafactuirers of baby wipes containing harmful chemicals have stopped using the preservative after observing the harmful effects of MI.
3 Always check the label before purchasing baby wipes
Dana Belfield from Australia shows how she acquired a sever rash after using wet wipes that contained MI. It was suggested by the South Australian government that approximately 15% of people tested in 2015 for allergies caused by MI indeed did have an allergic reaction.
Huggies and Jackson Reece have made several efforts to remove MI from the production process completely which is commendable. Always check the ingredient label on the package of baby wipes to see if the product contains MI.