Is it safe to use baby wipes?

It is very common for newborn babies to pooping every three hours and it looks like an endless activity. New parents have to change the diapers frequently at least eight times a day. While changing diapers, of course, parents use baby wipes to clean babies. As baby wipes are easy to use, most of the parents use them to clean the face, hands, and other areas of babies. When using them, parents getting some doubt related to the baby wipes as, whether it is safe to use?

Common concerns about a baby wipe:

Irritation:

There are two most common concerns with good baby wipes such as potential irritancy and contact allergy. New-born baby’s skin is much more delicate and sensitive, so parents should handle them carefully and gently. Repetitive use of wipes in the same area of the baby’s skin many cause irritation. The easiest way to avoid such irritation of the baby’s skin, one can use the ointment as suggested by Pediatricians. When you change the diaper, you can use apply the ointment as it soothes the baby’s skin. But don’t buy the ointments made from zinc. Though Pediatricians and Dermatologists accept that the baby wipes are safe to use with newborns, still it depends on how parents use on babies. If you are not comfortable with the use of baby wipes, you can switch to a warm towel to pat, wipe or clean the dirty areas of the baby’s body.

Contact Allergy:

Contact allergy is another common issue faced by parents with the use of baby wipes. Contact allergy usually happens when one uses the baby wipes again and again over the same area. It depends on the baby’s immune system, as it will reflect the allergy to the skin. Some ingredients used in baby wipes seem to be the reasons for contact allergies. Such ingredients mean the preservatives that are added to the skin for killing harmful bacteria, fungus, and other germs. Though preservatives are crucial to prevent germs, they might be the reason for contact allergies. According to the 2014 study in Pediatrics, a preservative named methylisothiazolinone (MI) was found to be the reason for contact allergies. But this is a rare cause due to the baby’s poor immune system and sensitive skin.

So, how to treat the irritancy and contact allergy symptoms of babies? One can reduce the symptoms by reducing the exposure of such ingredients to the babies. It depends on how frequently you use them, so reduce the exposure of wipes and take care of your babies.