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By Sean Lee
WWJ Health Reporter

DETROIT (WWJ) – Health researchers are out with a new warning  about a popular product parents and millions of other Americans use.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics says baby wipes may cause some kids and adults to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes.

Until now, there haven’t been any reports of allergic reactions to moist wipes in kids in the U-S, but researchers say that may be because reactions have been mistaken for other conditions, like eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis.

University of Connecticut researchers treated an 8-year-old girl with antibiotics and steroids for a red rash on her face and body.

The study’s author determined an allergic reaction to a chemical added to keep the wipes moist – methylisothiazolinone, or M.I., was causing the rash.

The rash cleared up as soon as the girl’s mom stopped using the wipes.

[More on this from WebMD, HERE].

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