Complaints of severe diaper rash from Pampers “Dry Max” diapers, which are a newer and thinner type of the popular diapers, has sparked a federal investigation into whether problems with the diapers are causing chemical burns on babies.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began a probe this week after a growing number of parents expressed concern over potential side effects of Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers diapers employing “Dry Max” technology. The new diapers, released in March, are thinner than previous versions.
CPSC officials say they have received a handful of reports from parents who say their children suffered persistent and severe rashes after wearing the diapers, including blisters similar to those caused by chemical burns.
Officials at Proctor & Gamble have dismissed concerns over Pampers problems, calling the claims that the diapers cause severe rashes “completely false.” The company says that the severe Pampers diaper rash complaints are being perpetuated by a small group of parents who are angry at the changes they made to their diapers. The company says the spread of the rumors have been helped by the use of social media.
“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,” said Pampers Vice President Jodi Allen in a press release issued on Thursday. “Independent physicians, highly respected in the field, have analyzed our data and have confirmed our conclusions.”
Allen said Proctor & Gamble has received less than two complaints for every one million diapers sold, which she says is typical for a diaper. Allen said that the company has turned over all of its findings with the CPSC.
The commission is urging parents who have experienced problems to contact them immediately. Parents can contact the CPSC at https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.