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Baby wipe study uncovers allergy in babies

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Your baby's diaper rash may actually be an "allergic reaction" to the wipes you are using. That's according to researchers at the University of Connecticut.

What you may think is eczema or psoriasis may actually be a reaction to a chemical preservative.

When it comes to seven week old Addison, and keeping her clean on a walk in West Hartford Center, mom says wipes are a lifesaver. "I use them every day, all day for sometimes a public bath if needed. Sometimes you can't get to a shower and don't know what I'd do without them," said Kelly Tobin.

But for many moms, the wipes can lead to some nasty skin reactions.

Dermatologist Dr. Mary Chang says she has treated children beyond diaper age with rashes at UConn Health Center. She found they were allergic to a chemical preservative in wipes called M-I.

Put away the wipes and the reaction goes away. So what should parents do? "The smartest thing to do would probably be minimizing the use of wipes, maybe just use it when you're traveling or when you're outside of the home, and when you're home just use a gentle cleanser and paper towels or a washcloth, the old fashioned way," Dr. Chang said. 

Wipes-maker Kimberly-Clark says not only is it aware of Dr. Chang's study, it will introduce wet wipes that are MI-free this month.

On the label of a package of wipes, the preservative is listed methylisothiazolinone. Many wipes use it. But not all wipes do, so Dr. Chang says, all you have to do is read the label.

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