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Feds: No cause yet linking Pampers' Dry Max to diaper rash

Posted September 2, 2010

I've been hearing around the blogosphere for some time now, and maybe you have too, about a possible link between some pretty horrible diaper rashes and Pampers' new Dry Max diapers.

Moms complained their babies were suffering from rashes that looked like chemical burns. A Facebook page urged Pampers to bring back the old diapers. You can read about some of the discussion and concerns in this post from the Chicago Tribune's Problem Solver blog. But so far, at least according to agencies in the United States and Canada, no link between Dry Max and diaper rashes have been found.

On Thursday,. the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced that they have reviewed reports and have not found any specific cause linking Dry Max diapers to diaper rash.

From April to August, the commission received nearly 4,700 incident reports about diaper rash, according to a press release. Nearly 85 percent of these complaints came in May and then dropped off significantly. Staff from the commission and Health Canada looked at the diapers, materials used, construction of the diaper and heat and moisture retention issues. Commission staff also looked at clinical and toxicological data, including data submitted by Pampers' maker Procter & Gamble.

"While the investigation thus far does not find a link between the diapers and the health complaints received, CPSC recognizes the serious concerns expressed by parents," the release says. "CPSC staff cannot rule out that there may exist a health concern for some babies, especially those babies that may be sensitive and develop rashes or other skin problems as a result of contact with the materials in this or other products."

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  • Mugu Sep 8, 2010

    parents nowadays are lazy, I think that is the cause of more rashes.

  • Lickad Sep 6, 2010

    This is the tip of the iceberg for the single mother epidemic that has been plaguing our country.

  • wildcat Sep 3, 2010

    Oh, it does not have to be name brand diapers either. Keep them change and dry and clean. There will be no rashes if you do.

  • wildcat Sep 3, 2010

    Keeping a baby/child changed will not give rashes. this comes from not frequently changing the baby/child.

  • lilbit27893 Sep 3, 2010

    Lickad... I am a single mom, I buy dry max because it keeps my son dry. it absorbs the urine very well. I DO NOT put them on him so he can go several voidings without changing him, infact, since he has a kidney disease i have to change him after he wets once due to the smell of his urine. It has nothing to to with a single mom thing.

  • psycho Sep 3, 2010

    Lettered Olive... re: the vaccines & autism issue. There are multiple studies showing NO connection, and one that did show a connection - and the guy who did THAT one lost his research position/professorship last year because it came out that he falsified/altered data to give him that answer. Some kids may be hypersensitive to insults to the immune system, which vaccines are, but then so are whooping cough, measles, pertussis, diptheria, polio... For years they said it was the mercury (thimerosal) in the vaccines that caused autism. They got rid of the mercury in all but a couple of vaccines but, lo and behold, the autism rate went UP after that, not down...

  • lettered olive Sep 3, 2010

    For some reason, reading this article made me think of the autism/vaccine debate. Those who make the diapers (or vaccines) as well as the government tested said diapers (vaccines) and found nothing wrong with them. Yet I am sure these parents are quite sure that the diaper (vaccine) caused their child's rash (autism). They are probably right, but no one will ever believe them because the research can't pick up on such small #'s. Interestingly in this case the CPSC is making some sense saying that SOME children may be more sensitive. Too bad our government won't do the same for the kids who may be too sensitive for vaccines. I guess it just depends on how much money they stand to lose...vaccines are certainly more expensive than a pack of diapers. LOL

    Anyway I digress. This is about diapers and rashes. Hope everyone is ok now.

  • Killian Sep 3, 2010

    Kewlmom -- Lickad is a troll. Just ignore it.

  • kewlmom Sep 3, 2010

    Lickad, your ignorance is amazing. I'm left speechless by it.