A rather large baby wipe recall was announced last week by the Food and Drug Administration. It affects baby wipes purchased at Diapers.com, Family Dollar, Sam’s Clubs, Fred’s, Walgreens, and various internet baby sites.
The wipes have been found to contain the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, which can cause a lot of problems with immunocompromised patients, but may not be a problem to children with healthy immune systems.
The brand names included are Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s brand diapers, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and certain lots of Well Beginnings.
The bacteria can cause pneumonia in individuals with underlying lung disease or sickle-cell haemoglobinopathies according to Wikipedia.
While your child may not be affected negatively by the recall, if your child is in contact with children who might (such as at a daycare,) you might want to go ahead and go for the recall just so that there’s no chance of disease transmission via contact with surfaces that may have been in contact with an infected wipe (such as a changing table or daycare worker).
The recall was announced by the company on October 3rd, 2014 (voluntary withdrawal,) however the FDA announced the recall on the 25th, and it reached here today. Not the fastest recall I’ve run across, but better safe than sorry.