5 Nov 2013 - Article No: 1787
Huggies Snug and Dry nappies causing chemical burns warning - Internet/Facebook Rumour
**ATTENTION*** DIAPER USING PARENTS!!!***Do NOT use HUGGIES SNUG AND DRY DIAPERS!!! This past Friday night my 21 month old son Parker was treated in the emergency room for 2nd degree Chemical burns on his leg. This was caused by the diaper breaking and the gel on the inside of the diaper being trapped in his pants on his leg while he napped! I am in the process of filing formal complaints with Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau! These departments have informed me Parker is not the only case of this!!! PLEASE SHARE this for all to see and maybe prevent another innocent baby from being harmed!
collected November 2013
Messages are circulating Facebook that urge readers to be aware of Huggies Snug and Dry nappies because the absorbent gel found inside the nappy can cause chemical burns when exposed to a child’s skin.
It is worth mentioning that similar messages warning of burns or severe rash have circulated for years, but it was Pampers nappies that was often being quoted as the nappy in question (specifically Pampers Cruisers or Pampers Dry Max)
So popular were the rumours that it led to an evaluation of the products by the CPSC who concluded that there were no health or safety risks but warned parents to be aware of child-specific reactions to nappies.
And in 2013 it appears Huggies Snug and Dry nappies are the target to social media rumours. At this point the messages remain unsubstantiated, and it is currently unclear how the child in the image attached to the message obtained the burn injuries pictured.
Occasionally children do have bad reactions to nappies, such as bad rash or burn like marks on their skin, but this is generally not brand specific – one can find equally severe examples for almost every type of leading nappy provider, and we were unable to find an unusually high number of complaints about Huggies Snug and Dry nappies when compared to other alternatives – if Huggies did have a dangerous chemical located inside one would naturally expect to see a plethora of similar complaints surface on the Internet.
Additionally many mothers and other online spectators have expressed scepticism that the gel inside a nappy could cause such dramatic burn-like injuries, or that this may be the result of an unusual allergic reaction as opposed to a genuinely dangerous chemical.
With that said we simply do not know how the child in the image obtained the injuries but Huggies have suggested that the complaint is genuine, and that they are aware of the issue, and according to online social media posts have said that they are investigating the incident directly with the mother to identify a cause.
Hello Huggies Parents,
As some of you may have heard, a concern about one of our diapers causing irritation was raised recently on Facebook. We take any concerns about our diapers very seriously, and we are working directly with this mom to learn more about what happened and how we can help. Nothing is more important than the safety of the little ones who use our products.
Families put their trust in Huggies diapers every day, and all of our Huggies diapers have been thoroughly evaluated to ensure they are safe. As parents ourselves, we know you may have additional questions or concerns. Please dont hesitate to contact us..
Ultimately parents have to be aware that specific children can have different reactions to specific types of nappies, and whilst Huggies are investigating this issue to root out the actual cause it does not appear to be a trending problem caused by this brand of nappy.
The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.
For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.
We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.
Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here.