The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) have recently issued statements saying their investigations have yet to identify a specific cause linking diaper rash and Pampers diapers with Dry Max™. The agencies reviewed consumer incident reports from parents who claimed the diapers caused their babies’ and toddlers’ persistent diaper rashes and blisters resembling chemical burns. Procter & Gamble began selling the diapers in March 2010 with updated technology that replaced the paper pulp previously used with an “absorbent gelling material.” The diaper rash claims were previously discussed in the May 13, 2010, issue of this Report.  

According to agency press releases, CPSC reviewed about 4,700 incident reports from April through August 2010, with nearly 85 percent of them received in May. HC received about 125 reports since May. The agencies evaluated the diapers’ materials, construction, heat and moisture retention, and clinical and toxicological data submitted by Procter & Gamble. While no specific cause linked the diapers to diaper rash, the agencies acknowledged the “serious concerns expressed by parents” and said they will continue to evaluate consumer complaints and provide parents updated information as warranted.  

Pampers Vice President Jodi Allen said in a statement that the company welcomed the “thorough review” and that the evaluation “will reassure the millions of moms and dads and child caregivers who placed their trust in Pampers and Dry Max every day.” See CPSC, HC and Pampers Press Releases, September 2, 2010.