Pampers Recall Due to Chemical Burns is False Rumor
Pampers diapers have been the subject of a false rumor, being spread by social media and inaccurate websites, and Proctor and Gamble have released a press release in hopes of clearing up the myths.
Jodi Allen, Vice President for Pampers, has said that the rumors involve their new “Dry Max” diaper that is replacing their older Cruisers and Swaddlers products. She states that some parents have been unhappy with the changes and have sought to promote the myth that the newest product causes chemical burns, rashes and other skin irritations.
Pampers has thoroughly investigated reports and have found no evidence that the diapers are causing problems. They have also consulted with independent physicians which confirmed the company’s conclusions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission have also been apprised of the situation and of the evidence collected by Proctor and Gamble.
The Dry Max diaper does not contain any new or untested material. Dry Max Technology is used to make diapers thinner while retaining the ability to “lock wetness in” for up to 12 hours. The new design is also said to be environmentally friendly, as it uses 10% less material.
Ms. Allen says that, to date, there have been in excess of two billion diapers sold and only a handful of rash complaints, which is common among any brand of diapers. The use of disposable diapers is said to have decreased the incidence of rash by more than 50% since introduced in the 1960’s.
Diaper rash is a bright red rash beneath the area of an infant’s diaper. It does not usually spread out beyond the edges of the diaper, so if this occurs, the condition is probably not “diaper rash”. It is most common in children between the ages of 4 and 15 months. The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep the area clean and dry.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also offers the following tips to prevent and treat diaper rash:
• Change your baby's diaper often, and as soon as possible after the baby urinates or passes stool.
• Use water and a soft cloth or cotton ball to gently clean the diaper area with every diaper change. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area. Avoid using wipes with alcohol or fragrance.
• Pat the area dry or allow to air-dry.
• Do not use cornstarch or talcum powder. The cornstarch can make the rash worse, and talc can get into the baby’s lungs.
• Put diapers on loosely. Diapers that are too tight don't allow enough air and may rub and irritate the baby's waist or thighs
• Ask your doctor if a diaper rash cream would be helpful. Zinc oxide or petroleum jelly-based products help keep moisture away from baby's skin when applied to completely clean, dry skin
• Lay your baby on a towel without a diaper on whenever possible. The more time the baby can be kept out of a diaper, the better
• Always wash your hands after changing a diaper
Pampers and Proctor and Gamble says that they will continue to work hard to educate parents on the facts surrounding this story, as well as defend the integrity of our product from false and misleading information."