One mother, Jennifer Renee, is taking it upon herself to spread the word about an allegedly unsafe bath bomb, marketed toward kids. It’s the latest product from popular toy company, Hatchimals, whose new bath bomb releases a toy into the bath. Hatchimals has attracted attention before for its interactive toy eggs not opening and even saying curse words.
In a post shared on Facebook more than 130,000 times, Renee wrote: “PSA! Do NOT buy this for your children! Followed directions on [the] package and placed in her bathtub. Thought it would be fun for her because there was a toy inside. After being in the water 30-45 seconds she stated her skin was hurting, upon looking she has received a chemical burn from a KIDS BATH BOMB. (no she was not holding it and she has used multiple different kinds of bath bombs and never had this reaction) Just a warning people.”
She later updated her original post: “She has had these before and all different brands. I called the company and the batch number being investigated and is likely going to be recalled as numerous reports have been made (not all the burning reaction she got). It is so easy for a person working in a factory to overdo the ingredients in a batch and just ignore it. Went to the doctor this morning and it was in fact a chemical burn not a reaction. I am posting this just in hopes people will monitor closely. Everyone loves bath bombs. Lesson learned. All natural ones from now on.”
A chemical burn essentially refers to a reaction in the skin caused by either an allergy or direct irritation. “The most common culprits include dyes, fragrances, and preservatives,” says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “These can affect anyone, but are most risky in patients with a history of sensitive skin, dry skin, or eczema.”
Children can be more at risk for these types of reactions, as their skin is relatively thinner than that of an adult’s, he says. Although a reaction may occur only once, if someone is experiencing multiple rashes, they may need to undergo a special allergy testing, called a patch test, to help prevent future flare-ups, says Zeichner.
Hatchimals parent company, Spin Master, issued the following statement: “Spin Master was made aware of the situation via a Facebook post and we are in the process of looking into the matter with the licensee company to whom Spin Master licensed the Hatchimals brand. We are saddened to learn about a young girl’s injuries. That said, it would be premature to comment further on the situation until we learn more. We are working closely with the product’s licensee manufacturer and distributor to determine whether there are any product issues.”
For its part, Hatchimals did not respond to request for comment, but did tell fact-checking site Snopes that the reported risks were “unproven.”
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