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Posted on: Tue, 02/08/2000 - 10:31am
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

Hello again. Someone from Huggies got back to me today. The Pull-ups are made mostly of polypropylene and polyethylene, as well as polyacrytate and polyurethane. She also mentioned elastic and adhesive. She did not, however, say anything about dyes. I noticed that there is a blue lining on the inside of the pants, the part closest to the skin, and the suspected culprit!! I wrote back to her, asking for clarification on this. Thanks for the allergist advice!!
[This message has been edited by Tammy James (edited February 08, 2000).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/08/2000 - 1:50pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

This thread seems to have gotten a little off the original subject--my question is to Nicole Smith--did you ever find anything out as to what your son reacted to? My son is only allergic to peanuts and has also eaten Kellogg's Nutrigrain Bars numerous times. He hadn't eaten one in awhile and asked for one for breakfast this morning. I opened a brand new box and he ate one with a glass of milk. Within the hour, I noticed his eye looked a little red and he had some hives starting under his eye--his first sign of a reaction. Our home is completely peanut free so it had been a long time since he'd had a reaction. I had remembered reading your post a few days ago and immediately called Kellogg's myself and they also reassured me that the nutrigrain bars are manufactured in a peanut-free plant and contain no peanuts. She apologized for his reaction and said she'd send him a Tony the Tiger stuffed animal. That's kind of off the subject, but I just gave him Benadryl because I was sure he hadn't eaten peanuts. The Benadryl cleared the hives within a matter of minutes. He had been fine all day until early evening when the hives reappeared under the same eye. I gave him Benadryl again and within a matter of minutes they were gone. I'm going to call the allergist tomorrow, but in the meantime I was wondering if you had found anything out. Thanks.
[This message has been edited by DMB (edited February 08, 2000).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/09/2000 - 2:53am
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

DMB, I apologize if I posted under what you felt was the incorrect thread. Our situation began as "severe hives from an unknown source" so I thought this was the appropriate place. Again, I'm sorry if I was wrong.
To those of you following our on-going saga, we just got back from the pediatrician's office and I will vent about that later. Huggies got back to me about the dye. It's not a dye that causes the coloring, it's a pigment, just the natural color of that product. I don't know if my digging for an answer is helping or not?!?

Posted on: Wed, 02/09/2000 - 5:29am
Marietta Carter's picture
Joined: 08/10/1999 - 09:00

I tried to post a reply earlier and had some problems. (Christine, if you're reading, it looks like you might have had same problem - I can't read your msg either ! ) I'm concerned that 2 different people have experienced allergic reactions to the Nutrigrain bars. I think someone should contact FAN and have them contact Kelloggs. I've been really worried lately about genetically engineered foods after reading about a soybean that was injected with a Brazil nut gene and which thereby acquired the allergenic properties of the Brazil nut. I think the soybean was pulled off the market, but I'm concerned this kind of thing will happen again. There are no FDA rqmts to label genetically eng food. I'm not sure this has anything to do with these cases but I really think FAN should be looking into this.

Posted on: Sun, 02/20/2000 - 11:37am
kar's picture
Joined: 02/05/2000 - 09:00

Tammy James - You asked if your digging about huggies was helpful. I'd love to hear what you find out. When my son was an infant three years ago, he got a rash from Huggies Ultrathin diapers. I have not used them since. This happened long before I knew about the rest of his allergies, and I simply chalked it up to a sensitive skin. In the last year, he has gotten hives from an unknown source three times. In each case, he had taken a berry flavored decongestant. I am convinced that it's dye from over the counter cough & cold medicine. It seems to be the blue or berry flavored dye that affects him. Thanks for sharing any information you find!

Posted on: Sun, 02/20/2000 - 10:12pm
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

We visited our new allergist last week. She seems to be going on our lead that it was from the training pants. So far I've contacted Huggies about the pigment used in the blue lining, but have received no response. I'm afraid I touched on a subject 'they' are not comfortable with - a life-threatening situation involving them (even though I mean them no harm in any way!). I also e-mailed Fruit of the Loom concerning their screened underwear; also, no response so far. Our allergist is also doing detective work on this. I'm hoping she can get further than we have. Sorry I don't have better info at this point, but I'll post whatever the end result turns out to be. Have you seen any more reactions with your son that may have involved dyes in clothing? Did his reaction ever become worse than a rash, and was the 'rash' just like any other rash in appearance? My son's 'rash' was suspicious looking from the start. (Hindsight is 20/20!)

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2000 - 6:06am
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

Me again. A rep. from Kimberly-Clarke contacted me today. She was extremely nice and patient with my somewhat 'frazzled' explanation about my son's reaction. She said she would be in contact directly with our allergist and discuss the pigment and fragrance used in the Pull-ups. I assured her I was asking about the coloring only so we would know what to avoid in the future, not to place blame or for any other reason. She says they have heard of skin reactions before, but never an anaphylactic one. She was very open to hearing about our son's PA (even though this reaction was NOT from food at all) and how allergies can develop over time. I was very glad to finally hear from her, and that the company is willing to follow-up and learn about our situation. I'll keep you posted as things come up.

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2000 - 6:28am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

To DMB who asked what we've learned from Kellogg's and Nutrigrain bars - so far nothing!
For some reason their lab hasn't gotten back the results from testing the remaining bars in the box of Nutrigrain Apple Cinammon Bars. The lab work apparently isn't supposed to take this long, but my original contact in Consumer Affairs is out of the office until Friday, Feb 25th.
I'll update again when I have more information.

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2000 - 11:49pm
Hope's picture
Joined: 07/29/1999 - 09:00

I have read this thread with interest...my PA daughter has enjoyed Nutrigrain bars many times without reaction. When the thread progressed to the Huggies reaction, I got even more interested.
About 3 years ago I had a reaction to 'Always' napkins...it was awful (as you can imagine). I do not personally have any allergies. My physician informed me that the chemical they use on the Always pads for the 'dry weave' causes an allergic reaction in approximately 20% of the women who use them. She suggested I switch brands...I did and the problem is gone. I started to wonder... do pull-ups or diapers use a similar chemical to keep baby dry?

Posted on: Wed, 02/23/2000 - 11:08am
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

Do you know whether you child is allergic to dogs or cats or both? My son is allergic to dogs and cats and I am allergic to cats, and we both react with hives around the eyes as well as itchy eyes when we are around either of these animals. Just a thought.


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