A recent study published by the journal Pediatrics has linked a preservative found in many brands of baby wipes to itchy, scaly and painful rashes. What’s more surprising is that this preservative was found in some wipes that claimed to be hypoallergenic. The chemical is methylisothiazolinone (or MI) and it’s the first time it has been reported to cause allergic contact dermatitis in children in the US. According to the study, published by Dr Mary Wu Chang, the amount of MI in some products has increased from 3.7 (parts per million) ppm to as much as 100 ppm, which happens to be the maximum allowed by the FDA. MI is in other products such as shampoo, lotion, sunblock and shower gels. MI is actually banned from cosmetics in Canada. Not surprisingly, the company that had the MI in their wipes stated they will be introducing new wet wipes that are MI-free across its entire range of products in the US.
If your little one has a rash, it is best to start with your doctor. It can be hard to determine what caused the rash but by understanding your daily routines, your diet if you are breastfeeding, the type of formula you are using, and the product ingredients you use daily with your baby, you can start to uncover answers to help you and your doctor find a solution to the rash.
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