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Pampers safety: FAQs

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Learn more about Pampers’ commitment to safety and our rigorous safety testing process for all of our products in the FAQs. Have an additional question not covered below? Feel free to contact us.

Q: How does Pampers test new products before they come into contact with a baby’s skin?

A: At Pampers there is nothing more important to us than your baby’s safety. You can absolutely count on us to provide you with safe, high quality products to help you protect and care for your baby as we would care for our own.  Our science-based process is key to our journey of safely improving the lives of babies and their families. 

As part of the first step, our safety process screens out all ingredients that could be considered unsafe in a baby or children’s product.  We define a safe level for every ingredient we use with the same scientific process used by regulatory agencies around the world (FDA, EPA, WHO, EU, etc). We conduct extensive consumer testing to allow moms to experience our products in real life situations and adhere to the highest industry standards for safety, performance and quality.  Our over 700 scientists and professionals work with leading health experts, such as pediatric dermatologists, to ensure our P&G and Pampers products meet all safety and regulatory requirements around the world.

Q: Do Pampers Baby wipes or diapers contain the ingredients methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone (also known as Neolone, Kathon, MI, MCI)?

A: No. Pampers Baby wipes and diapers do not contain methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone.

Q: Are Pampers Baby Wipes gentle for babies' sensitive skin?

A: Pampers Baby Wipes have been clinically tested to ensure they do not cause allergies or skin irritation. Pampers baby wipes are clinically proven to be mild even on sensitive skin. In fact, Pampers baby wipes are gentler to baby skin than a wash cloth and water.

Q: Are Pampers Baby wipes safe to use on my baby's face and hands?

A: While specifically designed for diaper change clean-up, moms can be assured that Pampers wipes are safe for use on other body parts, including the face, and can be used at every diaper change.

Q: I have heard some new stories about Baby Wipes causing itchy, scaly rash in some babies and children.

A: In early 2014 there were some scientific publications and news articles about baby wipes causing allergic rash in children. These stories are about baby wipes containing a specific ingredient, methylisothiazolinone. Please be reassured that Pampers baby wipes do not contain this ingredient. The preservatives in Pampers Baby wipes have been clinically tested and proven safe for use.  

Q: Are Pampers disposable diapers ingredients adequately tested to ensure they are safe for my baby? 

A: Your baby is our number one priority. Pampers carefully evaluates and tests the safety of our products and the materials that go into them using well-established safety assessment methods to ensure there is no harm to baby’s skin. The diaper ingredient and materials used in Pampers diapers have been clinically tested and do not cause skin irritation or skin sensitization.

Q: Are there any long term effects for a baby using a disposable diaper vs. another diaper?

A: Today’s disposable diapers have a decades-long history of safe use by many millions of babies. Studies have shown that disposable diapers may actually provide benefits for your baby by improving skin health.(Adam, Ralf. "Skin care of the diaper area." Pediatric dermatology 25.4 (2008): 427-433; Seymour, Jon L., et al. "Clinical effects of diaper types on the skin of normal infants and infants with atopic dermatitis." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 17.6 (1987): 988-997). In addition, modern disposable diapers have been proven to reduce excess skin wetness using superabsorbent gel that locks in urine and keeps moisture away from the baby’s skin helping  reduce the incidence of diaper rash.

Q: What do doctors say about Pampers Safety Testing?

A: Whenever we introduce something new, we seek the advice and consultation of pediatricians and dermatologists to ensure we create the best possible product for your baby's little bottom. Here's what diaper rash experts have to say about our latest Pampers innovations:

A doctor's expert opinion: Dr. Dewitt

Dr. Dewitt
I’ve reviewed the consumer and clinical data for Pampers diapers and wipes. I am comfortable that they have undergone rigorous safety testing and would not expect these products to cause or contribute to diaper rash.

Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP is the Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics and Weihl Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a consultant to Pampers.

A doctor's expert opinion: Dr. Shah

Dr. Shah
I’ve reviewed the consumer and clinical data and feel comfortable that  all Pampers diapers and wipes have undergone rigorous safety testing and are safe products. The testing that Pampers conducted before the products were sold to consumers did not show any evidence that use of these  products will result in the development of diaper rash or skin irritation. All babies and infants are at risk for the development of diaper rash or skin irritation before they are toilet-trained, and Pampers has taken great care to ensure that these products should not increase the risk of skin problems in the babies that wear them. I have full confidence in recommending that my patients continue to use Pampers diapers and wipes.

Kara M. Shah, MD, PhD is the Director, Division of Dermatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a consultant to Pampers.

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