J & J \'s Aveeno bath treatments are contaminated!

Posted on: Wed, 09/17/2003 - 1:11am
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Aveeno daily moisturizing bath treatment is not labeled properly. Their medical dept. stated that it may contain wheat gluten and peanut products. They can't assure customers that their raw materials are not contaminated. Several calls over the last year show a lack of consistancy regarding their message. We already know that J & J's baby shampoo contains sweet almond oil in their fragrance. And the Aveeno line also has products that contain Soy. Most of my calls have shown that they do not use dedicated lines. I am so angry about their lack of concern regarding labeling and protecting our families. Our kids have been bathing in Aveeno bath treatments for 3 years for ezcema. Even their physicians are shocked. We are considering a lawsuit. Anyone interested?

Posted on: Wed, 09/17/2003 - 8:48am
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Posted on: Wed, 09/17/2003 - 1:49pm
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We also had used the aveeno lotion on our PA son. I threw it away after learning that the baby shampoo had almond oil in it and there were no dedicated lines. It did nothing to improve his ezcema.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 10:41pm
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Geez. Who knew? My whole life Aveeno Oatmeal baths were the solution to my rashes. Eek.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 11:34pm
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I don't know if anyone else is like me or not, but I'll post how I am/was and see if it makes sense to anyone else.
When I first found out my son was PA, I didn't educate myself really well. End result, he almost died.
Then, I developed a comfort zone (actually, I had after his first anaphylactic reaction) pretty much the same as the one I have now).
But when I first thought PA, I thought foods. And my expectation and actually my thinking at that time was that it was "the law" for food manufacturers to label properly. I even posted here about it when I was new and I'm pretty sure that you'll find posts where I say it's the law in Canada to label properly. But it isn't. And I remember it was redtruck that pointed that out to me. Thank heaven he did so I couldn't perpetuate that falsehood.
I see my American friends each and every day on this board struggling with labeling issues for FOOD items. There are a lot of major manufacturers out there that still out labeling properly even though their Canadian counterpart (i.e., owned by the American company) is labeling properly.
I had been a member here for quite some time before I realized that there were other things, besides foods, that could harm our children. I know it was before the Tide/Bounce/Fleecy *issue* broke, but it was still quite some time after I became a member that I realized I now had to check cosmetic labels as well.
(I also really love the ajas_folks thread on hidden or unexpected sources of peanuts under Main Discussion - that was a real eye opener)
And you know what I've found, even in Canada, most of the ingredients are NOT labeled on toiletries. I am ALWAYS pleasantly surprised when they are. I was just thinking about this within the last couple of days because another member had asked about conditioner for her child and I had posted that right now we were using Alberta Balsam. I looked on the label two nights ago and no ingredients listed. So, I may have given that woman bad information. All I know is that my family has been using it okay.
I think it's overwhelming for some of us to think that we have to call every manufacturer of every lotion and potion we use as well. I know that I used vanilla Rialto moisturizer and I gave it to my MIL because it had sweet almond oil in it. I know that another member here had recommended L'Oreal Kids shampoo to someone and I had found out that it had almond oil in it. I know that somewhere in my head I would have been able to say that Aveeno wasn't okay, but probably solely because of the almond oil, not because of the PA factor.
It is frustrating. Especially when I firmly believe that if 10 of us called and asked 10 CSR's the same 10 questions we would ALL be given different answers to our questions.
Yes, they *should* be labeling properly. Can you bring a lawsuit against them for not labeling properly? I don't know. Has anyone ever brought a lawsuit against a FOOD company that has not been labeling properly (i.e., Pillsbury before they were bought by General Mills)?
Find a safe alternative that you feel comfortable using and you feel *good* using.
Certainly, sue them if you feel the need (I would if it was an *issue* for me).
I think what I'm trying to say is don't let your head explode. I can only say this from experience because mine often does [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] and none of us are the better for it usually. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 4:32am
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Wait a second...are you talking about the Colloidal Oatmeal bath? I use that on both of my sons all the time. Are you saying it contains peanuts and they don't label? Am I understanding that correctly? Is that legal? Does FAAN know about that? You should start by asking FAAN to put it in one of their alerts.

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 1:12pm
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Yes! J&J makes two colloidal bath treatment powders. The daily moisturizing bath treatment does contain possible peanut, soy, wheat and gluten. The medical dept. could not say why these products are not labeled properly. Since they have so many vendors, they can't guarantee that the elements are allergen free. This is so frustrating. They are finally admitting that the baby shampoo contains almond oil. Think of all the children who are exposed at such an early age? Makes me want to vomit. I will call FAAN tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.

Posted on: Mon, 09/22/2003 - 11:47pm
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I called Wallgreens yesterday about their brand of colloidal oatmeal bath. I only asked about the 100% colloidal oatmeal since that is what I use on my boys. Amy called me back and said there are no peanut and/or tree nut products in their bath at all.

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2003 - 4:26am
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Thanks for the info on Walgreens. I will try their brand. I spoke to customer relations at FAAN today. I told them about my conversations with J & J and will follow up with an emailed version. This is information that they would follow up on.

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2003 - 6:00am
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we too have used aveeno for my dtrs excezma and it did nothing to improve it either. i work at pediactric office and we get aveeno samples all the time and i am now warning parents of pa kids not to use it. i cant belive it!! why do they feel its necessary to put the stuff in products is beyond me.>>jordan's mom

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2003 - 10:32am
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OMG! I have been using thier products, and wondering why the exczema is still so bad! Almond oil in the shampoo, is that why ds has exczema on his scalp? Yes - count me in for a lawsuit!
UPDATE: I just called J&J and they said there is no almond oil in the baby shampoo, or lotion. How did you find out that it does contain almond?
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