Pampers Dry-Max: a follow-up

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Remember the hysteria last May?  Many vocal parents were convinced that Pampers Dry-Max diapers were causing their babies’ rashes.  I blogged on it.

Well, on September 4, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada published a statement regarding the alleged link between Pampers Dry-Max diapers and baby-bum rashes.  You might be thinking, “Finally!!  Pampers will pay for the pain and anguish they’ve caused my poor baby.  ’Cuz it certainly ain’t MY fault.”  Not so fast.  The report states,

To date, the review has not identified any specific cause linking Dry Max diapers to diaper rash.

OK, they haven’t found a link YET!  What have they done so far?  They received nearly 4700 consumer complaints, “reviewed clinical and toxicological data found in published, peer-reviewed medical literature”, “critically reviewed data submitted by Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the results of a human cumulative irritation patch study conducted by P&G”, and reviewed “chemistry, toxicology and pediatric medicine information provided by Health Canada”.  I’d say that’s pretty comprehensive.  And since they are a rational, evidence-based organization, they list the technical caveat,

CPSC staff cannot rule out that there may exist a health concern for some babies

We haven’t been putting Pampers on our son since May.  OK, we did switch brands because of this scare.  But, finding that the slightly cheaper diapers work just as well, we’ve stuck with them.  Sorry Pampers… this unjustified bad press cost you our business.  But I, for one, believe your diapers are safe.

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