Diapers leave bruise-like stains on baby's skin

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - Wendy Redford first noticed what appeared to be bruises on her son Kyle's inner thighs last month after the 2-year-old caught a stomach bug.

“Wasn't really much more than that other than we were just going through a lot of diapers really quick through the weekend,” Wendy said.

At first, she says she didn't think too much about it.

But even though Kyle was feeling better, the discoloration got worse.

“It did continue to get darker and more noticeable and scarier looking,” she said.

Wendy couldn't figure out why it was happening, so she looked up the symptoms online.

The web showed it could be anything from car seat straps to a blood disorder to leukemia.

Wendy says that’s what really worried her.

“Finally, I stumbled upon an article that suggested Huggies and how, it talked about how they recently changed their diapers,” she said.

Wendy says she did notice a change in the look of the Huggies Snug-and-Dry diapers she uses.
You can see the newer version has a lot more blue on it.

It didn't take long for Wendy to figure out her story was just like others she found online.

Turns out, she says the ink from the new diapers stained her son's skin making it look like a bad bruise.

“It's blue-ish but it’s also like a yellow-ish green-ish like it really looks like a bruise,” Wendy said.

3 On Your Side contacted Huggies.

In a statement, manufacturer Kimberly-Clark writes:

“We understand the concern this mother recently experienced regarding the transferring of ink from the graphics on our Huggies Snug & Dry diapers onto her baby’s skin, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with her directly concerning her questions.

We recently made updates to the graphics on our Huggies Snug & Dry diapers that includes more vibrant colors and character designs. While unusual, it appears the ink used in these character graphics transferred to the baby’s skin.  We are now in the process of modifying our graphics to minimize this from happening in the future.

That said, the ink used in our Huggies Snug & Dry diapers is safe and has been thoroughly tested and can be, as this mother discovered, removed by rubbing the area of the skin with warm water and soap. We extend our deepest apologies to this mother for any distress or inconvenience she and her baby experienced.”

Huggies also tells us the ink is supposed to give parents more of a visual cue when babies wet.
Wendy says that's unnecessary.

“I don't need the blue dye to tell me it's effective,” she said.

Wendy hopes Huggies will go back to the way they were.

Meantime, wants to spare other parents the worry she went through.

“Really, I just want other people to know so that they don't have to get scared about it,” she said.