Baby wipes recall: What every mom needs to know

The baby wipes you are using could be carrying harmful bacteria for your child or baby. A company named Nutek Disposables Inc. has confirmed a national baby wipe recall after some of their products were tested positive with a potentially harmful bacteria known as burkholderia cepacia. Get all of the information you need to know to make sure your family is safe.


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What is burkholderia cepacia? According to the CDC, this is a common "complex" bacterium that lives in soil and water environments. It's considered a "complex bacteria" since there are over 15 different species of burkholderia cepacia.  It doesn't pose a serious threat to healthy adults, but babies and children with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases are more likely to be at risk of respiratory infections when exposed. Other symptoms include fever, coughing, contestation, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Brand names and stores affected by the recall: The distributor that launched the baby wipe recall confirmed that baby wipes sold in nationwide Walgreens and Sam's Club stores could be contaminated. The brands include: Cuties, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.

How many cases have been reported? As of earlier this month, several complaints have been filed of consumers complaining about rash, irritation, fever and respiratory issues, but it wasn't clear whether these cases had anything to do with exposure to this particular bacteria.

What should you do? Make sure to keep good hygiene and encourage your family to wash their hands with soap and water several times a day. Be aware of what kind of product you're using on your baby or child. If you believe you have a recalled product, the company encourages people to return it or call 1-855-646-4351. Call your doctor if you believe your baby has been exposed to the bacteria. If infected, there are antibiotics that can help treat the illness. 

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