Parents all over America are terrified after a new study revealed that a chemical found in baby wipes is causing children to get an “itchy, scaly and red rash” which is often being misdiagnosed as a more serious skin condition.
According to Daily Mail, an allergic reaction to the wipes is now believed to be causing the rash, which has been mistaken for eczema, impetigo and psoriasis in the past.
Dr Mary Wu Chang, a professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, revealed that she has seen six children develop the strange rash in the past two years. She co-authored the study, which was published this past Monday.
The study referenced an 8 year-old girl who came to Dr. Chang with a rash around her mouth and on her buttocks. She was treated with antibiotics, but the rash kept coming back again and again. When she reviewed the girl’s medical history, Dr. Chang realized she was suffering from an allergic reaction.
She then remembered a Belgian study which found that a patient was having an allergic reaction to methylisothiazolinone, a chemical often found in baby wipes and lotions. After laying off the wipes, the girl’s rash disappeared.
After seeing the same thing happen to five more children, Dr. Chang realized she needed to come forward to alert parents to this condition.
“I have three kids, so I know how hard it is to do the changes, especially when you’re traveling,” she said. “But maybe when you’re at home, it would be better to use a gentle cleanser and water. That way you minimize exposure.”