Baby wipes behind dermatitis flare ups

Baby wipes containing the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) are likely to be behind a spate of new cases of allergic contact dermatitis, a Melbourne dermatologist cautions.

But she says it’s ‘nappy-changing’ parents who are presenting with dermatitis rather than their children, although she she believes that many babies with apparent nappy rash are being incorrectly diagnosed.

Dr Jennifer Cahill, a dermatologist with the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc said MI, found in baby wipes but also used in a range of cosmetic and personal