Harmed By Contaminated Baby Wipes?
Have you or someone you love been harmed by contaminated baby wipes?
Scope of B. cepacia Contamination
Nutek Disposables, Inc., a baby wipe manufacturer, issued a recall on lot numbers from ten different brands it makes because of the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products. Parents do everything they can to care for their children, so it’s especially distressing to think that something as simple as a diaper change could harm or sicken a child. The brands affected were manufactured under the brand names:
- Member’s Mark
- Simply Right
- Sunny Smiles
- Tender Touch
- Well Beginnings
The contaminated wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and Diapers.com. The extent of the contamination is unclear, so get the full list here. The affected baby wipes were reported to be discolored and odorous. Even though the company has withdrawn all its baby wipe products, your baby may still be harmed by product you already purchased.
What’s the Risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, B. cepacia is the name for a group of bacteria found in soil and water that are not usually dangerous to healthy people. However, when these germs have had time to grow inside a moist, warm package of baby wipes that then get applied to delicate skin, this could pose a serious problem. The CDC indicates that people with “weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.” People have reported rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastrointestinal issues, and serious respiratory infections related to use of contaminated baby wipes.
Perhaps the biggest issue with a B. cepacia bacterial infection is that these strains are often resistant to common antibiotics. That means they’re tougher to kill once they take a foothold in or on the body and more aggressive drugs have to be used.
What Should You Do?
Did you buy one of these baby wipes?
If you or someone you know has been injured by contaminated baby wipes, do not call the manufacturer. After you receive medical advice from your doctor, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA., because our trial attorneys have a proven track record of representing clients in product liability cases.
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