A recent viral Facebook video has sent parents scrambling to check their packets of Cucumber Huggies Wipes for glass shards.
Despite the viral video, it seems that the information is incorrect; there is no glass on or in the wipes. The most likely cause of the issue may be a change in the chemical recipe used to create the wipes.
Huggies has released a statement indicating that infrequently, the combination of fibers and chemicals in their wipes can cause a reaction which creates the shiny particulates seen by some parents. Read the statement.
Huggies make their wipes out of a stretchy non-woven fabric called Coform. The coform is made of plastic and cellulose which gives it the shine seen in the wipes.
According to the Huggies Website, “Coform is made by combining microscopic and continuous plastic fibres with wood pulp (cellulose) fibres that provide gentle care to baby’s skin.”
Huggies wipes contain a range of chemicals including Soium Methylparaben (which has a crystal like appearance). These fibers, chemicals and scent beads can sometimes be seen by the naked eye as the common small sparkles or particulates on the wipes. If you attempt to remove them with a fingernail, you’ll notice that they’re part of the fabric of the wipe.
Huggies wipes are not natural, containing a wide range of chemicals that can cause sensitivity issues, but they are no more dangerous to your child than they were before. However, many parents have found that these wipes and similar synthetic wipes and diapers can cause rashes and reactions in sensitive skin, due the range of chemicals used in their manufacture. For this reason, many parents now use cloth wipes as a safer alternative.
Huggies do change their recipe from time to time, so if you believe your child has reacted differently to the wipes, a recent change is the most likely cause, not shining shards on the wipes.
If your child is ever suffering a reaction to any synthetic product, it’s always best to change brands and consult a doctor as soon as possible.
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