ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A parent never wants to see their child suffer, especially if they don’t know the cause. That’s why New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is currently investigating Huggies products. Agents believe the popular brand may be responsible for mysterious rashes and health issues in children across the state.
First-time mother Christine told KOB that her four-month-old son developed a rash nearly three weeks ago.
“Last week especially, there were some pretty big sores, and after a few days of diaper rash cream, they started peeling,” she said.
When she thought they could finally go, she said her son’s condition peaked on Monday evening.
“Totally red, totally raw,” she said. “It looked really bad, and he was in a lot of pain.”
The young mum said that at first she thought the rashes were caused by the diaper cream she was using.
“I’ve tried three different types of diaper rash creams, tried changing wipes,” she said. “We did – kind of just let him air out on a waterproof pad, hot baths.”
She also gave him Baby Tylenol to help manage the pain. Then she heard about the press release the New Mexico attorney general issued Monday morning — a warning specifically for Huggies diapers, which Christine has been using since the birth of her son.
“We have issued a risk advisory to parents,” AG Balderas said. “We have had victims in New Mexico confirming that they suspect this is due to this diaper design, and I can also confirm that other states are investigating and suing potentially faulty product designs with this company in particular.”
He added that some babies were even taken to the emergency room.
“We are monitoring and trying to make sure that as many parents and families as possible are aware of this risk, number one,” Balderas said. “Number two, we have an active investigation, in which we will be asking experts to contact the manufacturer and distributor of this Huggies diaper and get more information and answers.”
Christine said she started using a new brand of nappies and her son’s rash started to disappear after just one night. But even though he feels better, he still suffers from discomfort and a low fever.
Consumers who have information that may assist the Attorney General in this investigation are encouraged to file a consumer complaint online at www.nmag.gov/file-a-complaint.aspx or by calling toll-free consumer advocate at 1-844-255-9210, prompt 5.