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Baby Wipes Are As Effective and Hydrating As Water, Study

Baby Wipes Are As Effective and Hydrating As Water, Study

The debate that water alone is safer than baby wipes to clean newborns is no longer valid, a new research suggests.

The study, conducted by the University of Manchester and published in BioMed Central’s open-access journal BMC Paediatrics, found that baby wipes are just as healthy and as hydrating as water to clean newborn, which suggests that current official guidance may need to be updated.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises mothers against using any product on babies’, especially newborns, skin and to use foamless soap if needed.

In this three years study, researchers compared water and cotton wool against Johnson’s Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes on 280 babies. Johnson’s wipes were as effective and as safe as water and hydrated babies’ skin just as well.

“Baby wipes can be much more convenient for parents, especially when on the go, but current NICE guidelines recommend using cotton wool and water.” said Tina Lavender, Professor of Midwifery at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and study lead.

“Our research, looking at one high street baby wipe, wanted to test whether the product was as safe and effective on newborn babies’ skins as water alone to see if midwives could help give parents more options than current guidelines provide.” She added.
It is worth mentioning that the despite the fact that this study was funded by Johnson and Johnson, the makers of Johnson’s Baby, it was conducted under independent, strict protocols such as peer review and blind testing.

Professor Lavender added: “Parents can now be confident that using this specific baby wipe, proven in the largest randomised clinical trial conducted in newborn cleansing, is equivalent to water alone. Our trial provides us with the strongest evidence available so far that we shouldn’t base our practice on tradition alone and that NICE needs to look at its current guidelines.

“For the first time, we now have a robust, adequately-powered study that can be used in practice, the results of which should be adopted by our national guidelines. These results should provide healthcare professionals with much needed evidence-based information, giving them the option to support the skin-care cleansing regime best suited to individual parents and their newborn

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