Baby Wipes Warning

by Julie

baby wipes in plastic container

Baby wipes are so convenient for the bottom, the hands, the face, you name it, but new reports are revealing that wipes may be to blame for rashes.

UConn Health Center had six patients visit their hospital with unknown rashes that were later linked to a chemical in baby wipes. The article states that one way to determine whether your child’s facial rash is caused by wipes is to see if it matches the rash on their bottom.

If you want to avoid this problem all together, use a wet paper towel to wipe their face and even their bottom. Billy and I did this when Will was a newborn and it adds a couple of minutes onto the whole process, but it does protect their precious skin. My friend, Stef, a dermatologist, recommends Viva Paper Towels because they are the softest on the skin.

Will has very sensitive, dry skin, and I have tried just about every possible remedy to get rid of his red bumps. Maybe, wipes are to blame? I have finally narrowed it down to three products that seem to be helping:

1) Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash

Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash

2) CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for the body

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

3) Aquaphor for the face

Aquaphor for baby

Does your child get mysterious rashes? Do you think wipes are to blame? What remedies have you found most effective?

P.S Yesterday at play group, my friends are I were using baby wipes to clean our kid’s running noses and messy faces. Oops!