WASHINGTON — Government safety officials have not found a connection between a new kind of Pampers diapers and severe skin reactions reported by some parents groups.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said yesterday that it has reviewed 4,700 complaints, but found no specific cause linking diaper rash to Pampers with new Dry Max technology.
“We hope that today’s announcement will reassure the millions of moms and dads and child caregivers who place their trust in Pampers and Dry Max every day,’’ Jodi Allen, vice president for Pampers, said in a statement.
Procter & Gamble launched new versions of its Swaddlers and Cruisers diapers in the United States in March. The thinner diapers use the company’s Dry Max absorbent gel material to replace the paper pulp gel previously used. Parents groups blamed the change for severe skin problems.
In May, the consumer commission launched an investigation of Dry Max following complaints of babies and toddlers suffering severe and persistent diaper rashes and blisters that resemble chemical burns.
The commission said it reviewed the materials, construction, heat retention, and moisture retention properties of the Dry Max diapers, along with clinical and toxicological data.
It also analyzed scientific information provided by Canadian health officials.
The agency will continue to monitor the situation.