Posted: Sep 2, 2010 12:59 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Government safety officials have not found a
connection between a new kind of Pampers diapers and the severe
skin reactions reported by some parents' groups.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that it has
reviewed 4,700 complaints, but found no specific cause linking
Pampers diapers with new Dry Max technology to diaper rash.
"We hope that today's announcement will reassure the millions
of moms and dads and child caregivers who place their trust in
Pampers and Dry Max every day," Jodi Allen, vice president for
Pampers, said in a statement.
Procter & Gamble launched new versions of its Swaddlers and
Cruisers diapers in the U.S. in March. The thinner diapers use the
company's Dry Max to replace the paper pulp previously used.
Parents' groups blamed the change for severe skin problems.
In May, the CPSC launched an investigation of Dry Max ...lowing
complaints of babies and toddlers suffering severe and persistent
diaper rashes and blisters that resemble chemical burns.
They agency said it reviewed the materials, construction, heat
retention and moisture retention properties of the Dry Max diapers,
along with clinical and toxicological data. CPSC also analyzed
scientific information provided by Canadian health officials.
While it found nothing specific about the Dry Max diapers that
causes rashes, CPSC said that most babies do get diaper rash at
least once. If a rash occurs, the agency recommends changing diaper
brands and consulting a pediatrician.
The agency will continue to monitor the situation and encourages
parents and caregivers to send additional reports of rashes,
especially after visiting a doctor.
A Facebook group asking Procter & Gamble to bring back the older
versions of its diapers has grown to more than 11,000 members.