Anytime a recall is issued on a baby product, parents become understandably worried and scramble to make sure they haven’t been using that particular product. Recalls may happen all the time to a wide range of different baby products, but the important aspect of accounting for them is to stay as up-to-date as possible to avoid making a bad purchase. Recently, a handful of baby wipes brands were recalled after finding bacteria in some lots of the products and numerous customer complaints. Here’s what you need to know:
The brands that have been recalled are as follows:
- Member’s Mark
- Simply Right
- Sunny Smiles
- Tender Touch
- Well Beginnings
When, Where, and Why
The wipes were apparently distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014. They were shipped to Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and Diapers.com. Shortly after this, there were complaints of odor and discoloration and another report of irritation. This alerted the company to a potential problem, which caused the discovery of B. cepacia bacteria in a microbial test of the wipes. At first, there was a limited recall but as of now, the company has recalled all of their baby wipes products as a precautionary measure.
Need for Concern?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bacteria doesn’t pose a serious risk to healthy people, but could potentially be harmful to those with weakened immune systems. This especially can apply to newborns who haven’t developed strong immune systems yet, or children with cystic fibrosis or other diseases that weaken their ability to fight bacteria. The best measures you can take if you or your child has been exposed to these possibly contaminated wipes is to monitor the situation very carefully and seek medical help if any signs of sickness arise.
Luckily, with how quickly information has the ability to travel in today’s world, finding out about recalls on baby products is easier than it’s ever been. There are tons of valuable online resources that list completely up-to-date recalls on any and all baby products to make sure all parents are informed of potential risks and hazards to children. Recalls.gov is very helpful as it pools product recall information from six different federal agencies for you to view. Also, signing up for notices on various sites like these, as well as registering your new baby products, will be sure to keep you as well informed as possible if a recall should occur.
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