After thousands of parents started coming forward with complaints, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation into the Dry Max technology used in Pampers new Swaddlers and Cruisers diapers.
The diapers have been on the market for only about four weeks. Pampers, owned by Proctor and Gamble, says the new technology makes the diapers the thinnest and driest on the market. The company says the diapers were tested on more than 20,000 babies - making it the most tested diaper in the company's history.
But many parents are claiming the diapers are causing their babies to have severe diaper rashes, blisters, burns, and bleeding. A Facebook crusade was launched against the new Pampers. So far, more than 2,000 people have joined in the conversation. On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Pampers posted a note on the Facebook site to refute the claims. Within only one hour, there were more than 400 responses.
Tina Mendez and Chazsity Medina, both of San Antonio, say their babies had bleeding blisters caused by the diapers.
A Pampers spokesperson out of New York gave a phone interview to KENS 5. Bryan McCleary told us, "Our heart goes out to any baby and mom who are experiencing diaper rash." But he said the claims aren't possibly true. "The materials in Pampers do not cause chemical burns and there's no evidence from the people who called us or the research we've done that a single baby has experienced a skin safety issue as a result of Pampers with Dry Max."
McCleary also sent KENS 5 an interview that the Pampers company conducted with a pediatrician from New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. The doctor said that it wasn't possible the diapers caused chemical burns, and the research does not support it. You can see her comments in their entirety by clicking on the links below.
Pampers says anyone with any questions on the diapers should call 1-800-PAMPERS.