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Statement on the potential risk of baby wipes contributing to the development of food allergies in children.

There has been some recent media interest around a recent study which suggests the potential risk of baby wipes contributing to the development of food allergies in children. While Allergy UK welcomes all new research into the field of allergy it is important to take into consideration the context of the findings and how they translate to the UK population.

This recent research was carried out on neonatal mice who were exposed to food and dust allergens and was carried out in The United States. We note that the wipes used in the research are not related to any brand sold in the UK.

Water-based only baby wipes are an alternative to other types of baby wipes which may contain different ingredients that could cause problems for those with sensitive skin. The products section of our website includes water based wipes with the Allergy UK Seal of Approval or the Allergy UK Friendly Product Award.

If you have any concerns about the use of baby wipes or need any further information, please call our Helpline on 01322 619 898 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  One of advisors will be glad to help.

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