Pampers Safety: FAQs

Learn more about Pampers' commitment to safety and our rigorous safety testing process for all of our products in the FAQs. Have an additional question not covered below? Feel free to contact us.

Q: How does Pampers test new products before they come into contact with a baby's skin?

A: At Pampers, there is nothing more important to us than your baby's safety. You can absolutely count on us to provide you with safe, high-quality products to help you protect and care for your baby as we would care for our own.

Our science-based process is key to our journey of safely improving the lives of babies and their families.

As part of the first step, our safety process screens out all ingredients that could be considered unsafe in a baby or children's product. We define a safe level for every ingredient we use with the same scientific process used by regulatory agencies around the world (FDA, EPA, WHO, EU, etc.).

We conduct extensive consumer testing to allow mums to experience our products in real-life situations and adhere to the highest industry standards for safety, performance and quality. Over 700 scientists and professionals work with leading health experts - such as paediatric dermatologists - to ensure our P&G and Pampers products meet all safety and regulatory requirements around the world.

Q: Do Pampers Baby wipes or nappies contain the ingredients methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone (also known as Neolone, Kathon, MI, MCI)?

A: No. Pampers Baby Wipes and nappies do not contain methylisothiazolinone or methylchloroisothiazolinone.

Q: Are Pampers Baby Wipes gentle for babies' sensitive skin?

A: Pampers Baby Wipes have been clinically tested to ensure they do not cause allergies or skin irritation and are clinically proven to be mild even on sensitive skin. In fact, Pampers Baby Wipes are gentler to baby skin than a cotton wool and water.

Q: Are Pampers Baby wipes safe to use on my baby's face and hands?

A: While specifically designed for nappy change cleanup, mums can be assured that Pampers wipes are safe for use on other body parts - including the face - and can be used at every nappy change.

Q: I have heard some new stories about Baby Wipes causing itchy, scaly rash in some babies and children.

A: In early 2014 there were some scientific publications and news articles about baby wipes causing allergic rash in children. These stories are about baby wipes containing a specific ingredient, methylisothiazolinone. Please be reassured that Pampers Baby Wipes do not contain this ingredient. The preservatives in Pampers Baby Wipes have been clinically tested and proven safe for use.

Q: Are Pampers disposable nappies' ingredients adequately tested to ensure they are safe for my baby?

A: Your baby is our No. 1 priority. Pampers carefully evaluates and tests the safety of our products and materials that go into them using well-established safety assessment methods to ensure there is no harm to baby's skin.

The ingredients and materials used in Pampers nappies have been clinically tested and do not cause skin irritation or skin sensitization.

Q: Are there any long term effects for a baby using a disposable nappy vs. another nappy?

A: Today's disposable nappies have a decades-long history of safe use by many millions of babies. Studies have shown that disposable nappies may actually provide benefits for your baby by improving skin health.* In addition, modern disposable nappies have been proven to reduce excess skin wetness using super absorbent gel that locks in urine and keeps moisture away from the baby's skin helping reduce the incidence of nappy rash.

*(Adam, Ralf. "Skincare of the nappy area." Pediatric dermatology 25.4 (2008): 427-433; Seymour, Jon L., et al. "Clinical effects of nappy types on the skin of normal infants and infants with atopic dermatitis." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 17.6 (1987): 988-997).

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