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Government safety officials are looking into a handful of reports of severe rashes caused by new types of Pampers diapers.
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workingdadof7

Columbus, OH

#1 May 6, 2010
Are they made in China also?
Rick B

Dublin, OH

#2 May 6, 2010
Who cares what the heck people on Facebook have friended...
Gerber Baby

Columbus, OH

#3 May 6, 2010
We need to get to the bottom of this.....
Tricia

Hilliard, OH

#4 May 6, 2010
the OLD pampers gave my kid rashes(though that WAS 16 years ago).. just switch to a different brand. or better yet, USE CLOTH.
Stacy with Pampers

New York, NY

#5 May 6, 2010
Hi there - this is Stacy with Pampers! I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a statement released today by Jodi Allen, Vice President for Pampers. For any immediate questions, feel free to reach out to us - Pampers has established a hotline for parents to deal specifically with the Dry Max concerns. It is 1-877-256-3265. Thanks!

"For a number of weeks, Pampers has been a subject of growing but completely false rumors fueled by social media that its new Dry Max diaper causes rashes and other skin irritations. These rumors are being perpetuated by a small number of parents, some of whom are unhappy that we replaced our older Cruisers and Swaddlers products while others support competitive products and the use of cloth diapers. Some have specifically sought to promote the myth that our product causes "chemical burns." We have comprehensively and thoroughly investigated these and other claims and have found no evidence whatsoever that the reported conditions were in any way caused by materials in our product. Independent physicians, highly respected in the field, have analyzed our data and have confirmed our conclusions. This week we have shared these findings, and other detailed safety information, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and we welcome its involvement in reviewing these claims and helping to educate parents on the true causes of diaper rash.

At Pampers, we want to reassure all parents that the materials used in the new diaper are not new -- they are the same type used in our previous products -- and do not and cannot cause so-called chemical burns or other serious skin conditions. We have encouraged these parents who have contacted us to speak with their own pediatricians about the true nature and cause of these problems.

To date, there have been in excess of two billion diaper changes using the new product, with only a handful of rash complaints, none of which were shown to be caused by the type of materials in our product. In fact, we have received fewer than two complaints about diaper rash for every one million diapers sold, which is average for our business and does not deviate from the number of calls we received prior to Dry Max. The majority of our consumers are telling us that they prefer the Dry Max product over the ones it replaced because it is 20% thinner than before.

Unfortunately, diaper rash is very common, and sometimes severe, regardless of the diaper used. At any given moment, more than 250,000 babies will experience a serious rash. Disposable diapers in fact have helped reduce the incidence of rash by more than 50 percent since they were first introduced in the 1960s because they pull wetness away from a baby's skin. It is very common for parents to correlate a change in our products with the sudden appearance of a rash. Pampers routinely sees a temporary increase in calls whenever we introduce a modification to our products.

We will continue to work hard to educate parents on the facts surrounding this story, as well as defend the integrity of our product from false and misleading information."
Wondering about science

Reynoldsburg, OH

#6 May 6, 2010
Did you test the Pampers on mice? Real scientists test human stuff on mice. You can't test this on chimps anymore even thought their butts are closer to human butts. Mice butts are all hairy. Chimps butts are not, at least I don't think they are. I will have to investigate this more but first I have to get a white lab coat since this could turn into science. Did the scientists have to take pictures? They will have to be careful who they show the pictures to if they did. There's lots of odd people out there and some might think the pictures were child pornography. Does Walmart sell lab coats? I know they sell cheese puffs which sound good right now. I will go see.
Toddler mom

Perrysburg, OH

#7 May 6, 2010
I appreciate the timeliness of this article. We have used Pampers exclusively since our daughter was born 20 months ago. Tuesday I purchased a new package to take to her sitter's. The sitter used them Wednesday morning for two diaper changes on my daughter. By noon my daughter had the worst diaper rash I've ever seen. She NEVER gets a rash. After bringing her home and using the older diapers we have here, along with lots and lots of Desitin, she was better by this morning. If this happens next week when she's there, I will be calling the CPSC.
realist

Columbus, OH

#8 May 7, 2010
Stacy with Pampers wrote:
Hi there - this is Stacy with Pampers! I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a statement released today by Jodi Allen, Vice President for Pampers.
At Pampers, we want to reassure all parents that the materials used in the new diaper are not new -- they are the same type used in our previous products -- and do not and cannot cause so-called chemical burns or other serious skin conditions. We have encouraged these parents who have contacted us to speak with their own pediatricians about the true nature and cause of these problems.
I don't think it is a matter of ordinary diaper rash. My granddaughter developed a severe rash but we know she is sensitive to various things; we can only use Tide detergent, for example, so we have not reported the rash to Pampers yet. We simply refuse to purchase Pampers and subject the baby to the possibility of recurrence. I doubt the pediatrician can tell my daughter the "true cause" of diaper rash since rashes have many causes. We are careful to introduce only one new product, food, etc at a time to my granddaughter and the new Papmers definitely were the culprit. I won't say it is your new materials, but SOMETHING in those Pampers tore up her butt, and yes, it nearly resembled chemical burns, the rash was so severe.

Please don't be snotty about parents who have reason to believe a certain product is causing problems. So, educate the public all you want but do not condescend to parents!! Your response is appalling. I am just sorry we didn't document the situation with photographs. Maybe this baby is allergic, but again, don't be snotty to parents and caregivers!

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