Boric acid and sodium borate. Boric acid and sodium borate are used in diaper creams and baby lotions, including Balmex and Desitin products. The CIR determined these ingredients should not be used on infant skin because “...in rare instances, the application of Boric Acid powder to a diaper rash has been reported to cause fatality” (CIR 2003). It may be that the baby products EWG identified (Table 1) contain very low concentrations of these ingredients. It does not seem likely that these products could be causing fatalities that have gone unreported and unnoticed by the government. Nevertheless, it may be desirable for the companies using these ingredients to reformulate, considering the panel's standing recommendations and the severity of the reported risks.
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