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

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says they haven't found a link between severe diaper rashes and Pampers' new Dry Max diaper.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

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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