No Pampers recall yet; Dry Max diapers under scrutiny

An infant suffering from a bout of diaper rash. Will this suffering cause a Pampers recall?

Diaper rash can be a serious issue for babies. (Photo: ThinkStock)

Proctor & Gamble is reeling, much like many other American companies during today’s stock market crash, and spirits will sag further yet if there is a Pampers recall. Parents don’t care quite as much about whether somebody on Wall Street made a typo when recording a big Proctor & Gamble trade (sending investors scrambling for emergency cash loans) as they do about whether Pampers Dry Max diapers are causing diaper rash.

A Pampers recall may be in the works

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating Proctor & Gamble’s Pampers Dry Max Diapers. Apparently, there have been some parental complaints that Dry Max has been causing not only diaper rashes, but chemical burns around children’s pelvic areas. Pampers has dismissed the Dry Max investigation so far, claiming that “It’s one severe rash complaint for every 6 million diaper changes.” At this writing, there is no Pampers recall in effect. However, consumers who are concerned about the safety of Dry Max diapers are urged to contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission toll-free at (800) 638-2772.

A mom’s tale of Pampers woe

Caroline of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is one of a long list of moms who have had recent problems with Pampers diapers. She had been using Pampers for a couple of years without trouble, until her 22-month-old and 5-month-old began to show heavy rashes. After going through numerous creams and near total personality transformations in her kids (pain does that to a person), Caroline was fed up. Once the rashes took a turn for the worse and became what she describes as “huge, scabby blisters,” she discovered that many other parents had logged complaints online about Pampers diapers. Caroline returned what she had to Sam’s Club and exchanged for a different brand. Many parents took similar precautions according to the Consumer Affairs website, which leads to speculation as to whether there are scores more parents whose children are suffering under what could very easily warrant a Pampers recall.

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