A couple of days ago I was surfing the web looking at products for children without BPA when I came across a report by Z Recommends. Apparently this is not an uncommon reaction. Its not really a rash so much as a chemical burn. Some tags contain phthalates while others have formaldehyde. While we are glad that this means she is probably not allergic to latex, it is extremely frustrating that companies use chemicals known to cause reactions with some children in their products. Carter's brand (especially the Fall 2007 & Spring 2008 lines) gets the brunt of the blame (it does cause the worst reaction we've had), but Avery and other children are also having reactions to Circo; Gerber; Just One Year and Child of Mine (divisions of Carter's, but with different tags); and to a lesser degree BabyGap, Old Navy, and Vitamins.
To be fair, Carter's does refund all their clothing if your child has had a reaction. They have also reformulated their tags for the Fall 2008 line. We have some of the new line, but I'm not sure I want to experiment with my child. At the same time, I want to help other children avoid similar problems. I think I'll try them out, but watch like a hawk and remove the clothes at the first sign of any problem. Keep your fingers crossed . . .
The blue shirt in the middle is one of Carter's old tags (meaning burn on Avery's back within half an hour). The green one up top is the new, redesigned tag (wish us luck!).