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Dr. Mary Wu Chang, associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, talks about a study that showed baby wipes can cause rashes in children. She is joined by Elizabeth Norman, whose daughter, Hannah, was highlighted in the study after she had a mysterious skin rash for years.

Details of the study:

  • Six children developed mysterious rashes and came to UConn Health Center for help.
  • One of them was Hannah, Liz Norman’s daughter, who had a red rash around her mouth and buttocks. She initially was treated with antibiotics and steroids. Every time she was treated, she improved but the rash always came back.
  • Chang suspected an allergic reaction and she had recently read a report about a man who had a reaction to a chemical preservative found in wipes and other products.
  • The preservative is called methylisothiazolinone (MI).
  • Chang tested Hannah to see if she was allergic to MI and the test came back positive.
  • Liz stopped using the wipes and the rashes cleared up.
  • Over the next two years, five other children showed up at UConn Health Center with the same type of rashes and all cleared up after parents stopped using the wipes.

For more information, visit www.dermatology.uchc.edu.

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