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Posted on: Wed, 03/26/2003 - 8:27am
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I called Minnetonka Brands, Inc. to find out if they could tell me if the fragrance in their Elmo bubble bath contains a peanut derivative. The rep was very helpful at the beginning and said she'd check with their chemist and get back to me. Her response was quick--the same day. She said that there was no PN to their knowledge. However, they would suggest that I test it by placing my dd's "hand in the soapy solution for 5-15 minutes to see if there is a reaction." Has anyone ever heard this stupid advice before? I realize that companies are not always educated about peanut allergies, but come on!

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Posted on: Wed, 03/26/2003 - 10:04pm
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I don't know if if was from any nut oils in it but my son did break out in a rash after we used Elmo bubble bath. However, he also reacted to Baby Magic and Johnsons and Johnson (with dry itchy skin). We switched to [url="http://www.babyspa.com"]www.babyspa.com[/url] on the suggestion of another board member and it has been wonderful!
Good Luck!
Jaime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/26/2003 - 10:43pm
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Thank you. I'm going to the site right now.

Posted on: Wed, 03/26/2003 - 11:50pm
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That advice is outrageous!!!! I cannot believe they would give out "medical" advice like that. I have never heard of such a thing. What idiots, is all I can think. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] My kids use the Elmo bath without a problem, by the way. Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 03/26/2003 - 11:54pm
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Oh, I just thought of something else. My dd was having some problems with pain when she urinated. We took her in to check for a UTI. She didn't have one, but the doctor said that girls her age - she's 8 - shouldn't be using bubble bath. She hadn't used any in years, but had recently begun using it when she took baths with her little brother, which they LOVE to do. You may want to ask your pediatrician about bubble bath, in general, for girls. HTH, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 03/27/2003 - 12:02am
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When my dd was about two, we were using some Sesame Street bubble bath. There were 3 to a package. I think they were Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster. Anyhow, after she had used it a lot with no problem, one night while in the tub, she started coughing, wheezing, and having trouble breathing. We ended up in the ER. This was before she was known to be pa. At the time she was only milk allergic. No one could ever figure out the reason, but maybe it had to do with something in the bubble bath.

Posted on: Thu, 03/27/2003 - 12:33am
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I was allergic to all bubble baths except Mr. Bubble. I am not PA, but my two kids are and they have never had a problem with Mr. Bubble. I haven't tried Elmo's.
I can vouch, first hand, however that the Doctors advice to not use bubble baths with young girls is valid. The reaction in the private area for sensitive skin is much like a UTI and can be completely avoided by not using bubble baths at all.
Actually, I generally avoid all soaps as I am extremely sensitive and get eczema. The Pure & Natural soap, however, has never made me react!
~Melanie

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 1:47am
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AJSMAMA - Have you ordered from BabySpa.com lately? I can never get their website up and don't have a phone number. If you have a number, can you please post it? Thanks.

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 1:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nicole1401:
[b] She said that there was no PN to their knowledge. However, they would suggest that I test it by placing my dd's "hand in the soapy solution for 5-15 minutes to see if there is a reaction." [/b]
no PN to their knowledge, is a common answer. The fragrance companies want everything kept *top secret*. I guess it's a highly competitve business.
Sometimes companies will contact the company that they purchase their fragrances from to confirm whether a particular allergen is in it, but not always. And there's no guarantee the fragrance company will give them an answer anyway.

Posted on: Sun, 01/11/2004 - 2:00am
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We rarely do bubble baths in our house and it is for the urinary tract infection reason.
However, I find a lot of cosmetic companies aren't able to tell you for sure what is in their fragrances, etc. I know this happened when I contacted Oil of Olay after receiving samples of their facial wipes. I posted about it here.
To me, even though they want to keep their ingredients a "big secret", I think if it's going to contact something that could possibly be deadly to someone, we should be able to find out.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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