There’s a new recall that parents are being made aware of. Saje Natural Wellness is warning customers not to use Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash, 8.5 fl. oz. and 1.7 fl. oz. (found in the Wee and Well Gentle Baby Care Kit) as it may contain the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The company has over 70 stores in North America and according to reports, the product was bottled at a contracted natural health products facility in Kelowna, British Columbia in Canada.
According to Today's Parent, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen. This means that it exploits some break in the host defenses to initiate an infection. In fact, Pseudomonas aeruginosa "is the epitome of an opportunistic pathogen of humans" according to health experts. The bacterium almost never infects uncompromised tissues, yet there is hardly any tissue that it cannot infect if the tissue defenses are compromised.
So far, three cases of skin irritations have been reported in the United States and none in Canada. Pseudomonas aeruginosa can also lead to blood infections, particularly in individuals with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include a skin rash, redness, irritation, an earache, fever, chills, confusion or shock. It can also cause urinary infections.
The recall includes both the 50 mL and 250 mL formats of the Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash, as well as the product that is found in Saje’s Wee and Well Gentle Baby Care Kit. All lots have been recalled. A company called Natures Formulae is contracted by Saje to manufacture and package the company’s many products. Natures Formulae advertises that “natural is our niche.”
So far only the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall alert, although Health Canada is expected to do so soon, too In the meantime, there are several steps that you can take on your end. You can return the product at the place of purchase, or arrange for a pre-paid return via regular mail. Either call 1-877-275-7253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The product is distributed in the United States through Saje retail locations in California, New Jersey, and New York.
Meanwhile, if you notice any unusual signs or symptoms in your child, seek immediate help or contact your pediatrician or a health professional right away. So far there have not been any additional reported reactions to the baby wash in the United States.