Kids can obviously be a handful. Even the nicest children have their moments of misbehavior (though their excuses are hilarious, even if they're not fooling anyone). One thing is true: Being a parent means cleaning up messes.
A new study revealed that some kids might develop itchy, scaly, red rashes when using baby wipes. Before this study, no reports of allergic reactions to moist wipes have surfaced in the U.S., but researchers believe this may be because the rashes were blamed on other conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis.
Dr. Mary Wu Chang, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, observed six children who developed mysterious rashes. One girl had a severe rash around her mouth and bottom. She received treatment, which alleviated it slightly, but the rash always returned.
Given the location of the rashes, and remembering a previous report on a Belgian man having a severe reaction to a preservative named methylisothiazolinone, Dr. Chang tested to see if the baby wipes this girl was using contained this component. And they did.
Dr. Chang found similar reactions to this chemical in other children and warns parents to be careful when selecting baby wipes. Another dermatologist, Dr. Ellen Frankel, agrees, saying parents should "take caution using baby wipes. They have a lot of chemicals in there, and can irritate skin that's already damaged sitting in urine, or feces, or sitting in a diaper that's just got an inclusive surface on it."
Though prepackaged moist wipes are the most convenient way of cleaning your child, if you're concerned about what might be in them, you can create your own. There are instructions for making your own natural do-it-yourself wipes.
Whatever you decide, always keep a close eye on your child when using wipes to see if they may develop an allergic reaction to them. Also be sure to keep a close eye in case they develop a taste for them.