News | Published January 22, 2014

A preservative in baby wipes may cause rashes

I have always had kids come to our practice that seem to be very sensitive to baby wipes, even the ones that say “ultra-gentle for sensitive skin.”

A new study published in Pediatrics found that baby wipes may be causing some kids to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes. This allergic reaction is most likely from a chemical preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MI) that’s found in baby wipes. Kids with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis may also get rashes from baby wipes.

If your child is having chronic rashes in the places you use baby wipes, such as the mouth or buttocks, and the rashes don’t respond to treatment, try using a warm washcloth with mild soap instead of wipes. If the rashes don’t go away after you stop using baby wipes, talk to your doctor to determine the cause.