Baby wipes are a handy thing to have around the house. They’re mainly for wiping a baby’s bum, but let’s be honest, they’re great for other things too!
However, it turns out that baby wipes aren’t as safe as we originally thought.
But according to Dr. Mary Wu Chang, an associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, baby wipes aren’t as safe as we originally think.
In 2014, Dr. Mary Wu Chang treated six children, all of whom had mysterious rashes on their mouths and/or their bums.
Many children have actually been found to be very sensitive to a chemical found in most baby wipes known as methylisothiazolinone (MI). When Dr. Chang treated the rash covered children at her the hospital where she works, all of the children tested positive for an MI allergy.
Local news crews around the nation picked up the story.
However, Dr. Robin Gehris is worried that people aren’t taking the news of the hidden dangers of baby wipes seriously.
‘I think this is a really important issue. But when you tell a patient they shouldn’t use moist wipes they act like you have two heads. It’s hard for people to imagine when something called hypoallergenic [could contain] things that could cause a problem.’
What can do to protect our children from a potential allergic reaction to MI?
Well, there are a number of ways you can do it. The main way is to make your own MI-free baby wipes at home. Not only will you be helping your baby, you’ll be saving some money too!
All you have to do is lightly soak a roll of kitchen paper or toilet paper in a mixture of baby wash, baby oil, and some water. It’s really that simple!