Who doesn't love their baby wipes?! When my children were infants we were a wipe-full home... I had containers of wipes stashed everywhere... in our bathrooms, our bedrooms, my car, my purse.
Well after reading this you and I may think twice about the wipe that we have all come to adore!
Baby wipes may now be linked to food allergies according to a new study from Northwestern University. How does this make sense? Well the gist of it, (I think) is that baby wipes leaves soap residue on the infant's skin which disrupts the top skin layer which may lead to eczema and skin exposure to allergens (like dust or FOODS from those in contact with the infant).
In other words...
BABY WIPES > ECZEMA > FOOD ALLERGIES
As we all may or may now be aware of, there has always been a great connection between eczema and food allergies. As a matter of fact 35% of children with food allergies have a form of eczema.
According to lead study author Joan Cook-Mills, a professor of allergy-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineCook-Mills, "the good news is factors leading to food allergy can be modified in the home environment. Reduce baby’s skin exposure to the food allergens by washing your hands before handling the baby,” Cook-Mills said. “Limit use of infant wipes that leave soap on the skin. Rinse soap off with water like we used to do years ago." Read more about this incredible study and a big hoorah to Joan Cook-Mills, one talented and fierce female! here: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/april/food-allergy-is-linked-to-skin-exposure-and-genetics/.
I feel kinda silly. I have used wipes not only on all three of my children but also on my face. (Come to think of it, maybe that's why I was breaking out into rashes). I'm looking at the ingredients of a container I have right now and the list of ingredients doesn't look all that pretty.
Curious if this study applies to all baby wipes and if the ones claiming to be non-allergenic with plant based ingredients are exempt? My gut tells me that there is no such thing as an "all natural wipe" just like there is pretty much no such thing as an "all natural" type of food that comes packaged in a box (or packaging) and purchased off of a drug store shelf. So while many parents like myself are making great efforts to feed our children less processed foods and more REAL foods (that don't require an ingredient label)- should we be making the same effort with wipes? What are your thoughts?
Are you wiped out after reading this ;)
P.S. As always please consult with your physician or allergist when it comes to the medical care of your child.
Iris Shamus is a mother to three awesome kids & the founder/CEO of AllerMates. AllerMates was born in 2008 as a result of her food allergic and asthmatic son, Ben. Iris and/or AllerMates have been featured in many places including Fox News, the Doctors, Veria Living, MSNBC, The Today Show & the Huffington Post with helpful advice on keeping kids safe. Based in New York, Iris & her team design & ship their products, create informative content & obsess every day about safeguarding kids.