Hong Kong’s Consumer Council has warned parents to be careful in choosing baby wipes as some products contain chemicals that could cause severe skin rash in infants.
The consumer watchdog said it recently tested 44 baby wipe products and found that some products contained preservatives such as Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and Paraben which could irritate baby skin, Ming Pao Daily News reported Tuesday.
Nine of the 44 brands tested were found to have MIT, while 13 others contained Paraben, both of which could cause rashes and affect hormonal balance. Another preservative, Phenoxyethanol, was found in 18 samples.
Michael Hui, the council’s publicity and community relations committee chairman, said parents should exercise caution when choosing baby wipes as some products do not meet safety standards.
Many baby wipe products contained various preservatives to curb bacteria and micro organism growth. However, many products which claimed to be alcohol-free and fragrance-free were found to contain preservative Paraben or other allergens.
Parents should avoid using baby wipes on an infant’s eyes and mouth if the product’s content is not available. They should consult a dermatologist when in doubt, the council said.
It may be better if only plain water and cotton wipes are used for daily cleaning on a baby’s bottom. Baby wipes should only be considered if water is not available, the watchdog said.
A baby wipe manufacturer was quoted as saying that it rolled out products using new formulas this May, making sure that the products do no contain preservatives such as Paraben. Other manufacturers said cosmetics regulations had been followed during research and development.
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