Formaldehyde Allergic Reactions
In Children
Sharon E. Jacob, MD; and Tace Steele, BA
Formaldehyde is a well-known dermatitis, headache, or symptoms of reactions that occur to peanuts and latex, for example, it is known that an allergic reaction doesn’t occur at the fi rst expo- at which they express the allergic reac-tion. Through metabolism, aspartame is Sharon E. Jacob, MD, is Director, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL. Tace Steele, BA, is with the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami, Miami, FL. Address correspondence to: Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Director, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Univer- sity of Miami, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, 1295 NW 14th St, Miami FL 33125; fax 305-243-6191; or email: [email protected]. gy don’t recount a specifi c exposure that The authors disclosed no relevant fi nancial relationships. PEDIATRIC ANNALS 36:1 | JANUARY 2007
Examples of Products Containing Formaldehyde or FRPs
Product Type
With Formaldehyde/FRPs
Without Formaldehyde/FRPs
Avon Kids 2-in-1 Super Gentle Shampoo for Normal Hair, Dhs Regular Shampoo, Person & Covey; Free & Clear Avon; Dove Shampoo, Extra Volume, Unilever; Johnson’s Shampoo, Pharmaceutical Specialities; Head & Shoul- Baby Shampoo/Softwash Baby Shampoo, Kissably Baby ders Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo, Smooth & Silky, Conditioner
Avon Kids Super Gentle Conditioner/Detangler, Avon; Dove Advance Techniques Daily Results Conditioner, Avon; conditioner, Intense Moisture, Unilever; Nizoral A-D Non- Dhs Conditioning Rinse, Person & Covey; Free & Clear Medicated Daily Conditioner, Janssen Pharmaceutica Avon Kids Super Gentle 2-in-1 Soft Styling Gel, all hair Advance Techniques for Men Styling Gel, Avon; Clinique types, Avon; Dove Shape & Lift Volumizing Gel, Unilever; Iso Light Control Styling Gel, Estee Lauder; Free & Clear Multiplicity Discipline Smoothing Gel, Innovative Styling Hair Spray, Firm Hold, Pharmaceutical Specialities Baby Wipes
Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, Unscented, Kimberly- Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe Clark; Huggies Newborn Baby Wipes, Fragrance Free, Vera & Vitamin E, Seventh Generation; Tushies Baby Kimberly-Clark; Pampers One-Ups! Baby Wipes, with Aloe, Wipes with Aloe Vera; Lansinoh Clean & Condition Vitamins
Flintstones Children’s Complete Multivitamin, Chewable L’il Critters Gummy Vites Kids Multivitamin, Northwest Tablets, Bayer; Centrum Kids Complete Vitamins, Chewable General Products; GNC Multiples Multibite Plus Miner- Tablets, Wyeth; One-A-Day Kids Scooby-Doo! Multivitamin als & Calcium Multivitamin For Kids, Chewable Orange Tablets; Poly-Vi-Sol Multivitamin Supplement Drops for Infants and Children, 0 to 3 Years, Mead Johnson test results, 2001-2002 study period. Der- 4. Shackelford KE, Belsito DV. The etiology of aller- gic-appearing foot dermatitis: a 5-year retrospec-tive study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002;47(5):715- 5. Garrett MH, Hooper MA, Hooper BM, Rayment PR, Abramson MJ. Increased risk of allergy in children due to formaldehyde exposure in homes. Names of Formaldehyde-
Releasing Preservatives
lergy in children is a problem that is po- 6. Van den Eeden SK, Koepsell TD, Longstreth WT, (FRPs)in Personal Hygiene
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7. Rumchev KB, Spickett JT, Bulsara MK, Phillips REFERENCES
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