By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson
If you have a baby that sleeps in Carter’s, Cisco or Gerber tagless clothing (or know anyone that may), you must read this! ZRecommends was recently investigating the chemical burns (possibly from the dangerous chemical, phthalates) which is in the tagless ink concoction.
On October 24, CPSC and Carter’s released an official statement advising parents of rashes associated with heat transferred or “Tag-less” labels.
Here is a photo of the chemical burns on a nine month old baby. Seeing the photos makes us want to cry for this little girl. This horrible chemical burn came from sleeping in her Carter’s tagless pajamas.
If you are thinking, well, this must just be one of those rare cases of an extra sensitive baby, think again. Since ZRecs Blogspot has been respectfully investigating this concern, their findings have proved this NOT to be a rare instance at all.
Babies are more prone to the burns, probably because they are sleeping on this tag (which is in direct contact with their skin) for up to 12 hours at a time. That is a lot of exposure, especially for skin that has not even developed its full protective layers yet.
Advisory On Carter’s Fall 2007 Labels With Solid Background
Taken right from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s notice: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Carter’s, Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia are advising parents and caregivers that they have received reports that a small percentage of babies and infants have developed rashes on the upper back after wearing Carter’s clothing with heat-transferred or “tag-less,” labels.
This advisory applies to Carter’s Fall 2007 product line. The Fall 2007 line utilizes a label on the inside back of the garment that has a raised surface with a solid, rather than a stenciled, background. This advisory does not apply to previous and current product lines, which utilize labels with stenciled backgrounds.
Fall 2007 Label with solid background.
|Spring 2008 Label with stenciled background. (Photo from Carters.com)|
The garments, which were made in various countries, were sold at Carter’s own retail stores and at department and national chain stores.
What To Do If This Has Effected Your Child
If your child develops a rash on the upper back after wearing garments that have a “tag-less” label, you should stop using these garments. If the rash persists or worsens, you should contact your pediatrician.