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DERMATITIS DUE TO "ANTISEPTIC OILS"

JOSEPH H. LAPIN, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(1):89-91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010010090007.
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Six children under 3 months of age have been brought to me by mothers who had used "antiseptic baby oil" on the children's faces since discharge from the maternity ward. The torso and limbs had been bathed in soap and water; the face had been cleaned with nothing but the oil. The infants showed a patchy, erythematovesicular dermatitis, with occasional papules, which was obviously itching; the dermatitis was limited almost entirely to the cheeks and forehead. Omission of the "antiseptic baby oil" and application of bland ointments resulted in complete disappearance of the lesions within a few days. A patch test was carried out by applying small bandages soaked in "antiseptic baby oil", bandages soaked in olive oil and liquid petrolatum serving as controls. The bandages were left in situ for forty-eight hours; on removal the area in contact with the "antiseptic baby oil" showed an erythematous and vesicular lesion,

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