Baby rashes stir clothing alert

10.30.08 '07 line of Carter's infant wear under scrutiny


The U.S. government has issued a warning after about 400 babies nationwide developed skin rashes from wearing certain Carter's knit items with a "tag-less" label, The Associated Press reports.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Carter's found there may be ingredients in the ink on the tag-less (heat-transferred) labels that are causing some sensitive-skin babies to have allergic reactions.

The advisory focuses on Carter's fall 2007 line, which includes about 110 million garments such as bodysuits, shirts and pajamas, Carter's said. If your child develops a rash on his or her back after wearing one of these tag-less items, the CPSC says you should stop using the garment. However, the agency stopped short of announcing a full recall.

Carter's said the targeted items—which were manufactured outside of the U.S.—could still be on shelves in stores. A Carter's spokeswoman declined to comment on the severity of the rashes or if any babies required hospitalization, The AP reported. Carter's online announcement acknowledged receiving the recent rash reports, but it said a company review found "no indication that the labels contain any known skin irritants or abrasive chemicals, or that such a rash is anything beyond a rare allergic reaction to an otherwise safe product."

Carter's set up a consumer phone number to answer questions: 888-282-4674; or for more information, you can visit the Carter's or CPSC websites.

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Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.