Just like diapers, baby wipes are an issue of contention between a baby's mother and grandmother!
Old school parenting says that these wipes are loaded with chemicals and are not good to use on your baby's sensitive skin. New mommies, on the other hand, are very impressed with the convenience that these wipes offer. They make it easy to clean the baby's bum after some business has been conducted in the nappy. So much so, that a lot of babies find their faces, hands etc also cleaned with the wet baby wipes.
So which one is correct?
Experts say that wet wipes indeed have many chemicals on them and it is possible for them to irritate your baby's skin. This is why you should never use a wipe if your baby has a diaper rash.
It has now been revealed by researchers that use of wipes also makes a baby more prone to infections. This happens because the wipes contain a little soap that breaks down the skin's protective layers which you can't see. The exposed skin is now more prone to catch infections!
Solution? Don't let this scare you into thinking that wipes are evil. The usefulness of wipes cannot be contested. So what you can do is reduce the use. Restrict use of wipes to those ocassions when you are not at home and when at home, use water to clean your baby's bottom.