Marijuana and Baby Shampoo?

Photo: Courtesy of diapers.comPhoto: Courtesy of diapers.comAlexandra Owens, Allure magazine

Baby shampoos are probably the least scandalous beauty product on the market. But while such products might promise "no more tears," they also apparently offer unexpected controversy. Popular baby cleansers and shampoos such as Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo trigger positive marijuana tests, according to a study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Before you picture a baby smoking the world's tiniest joint or craving some non-solid munchies, scientists note that marijuana isn't the secret ingredient responsible. Chemicals like polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine in these products are what triggered the false positives. And despite the results, the babies tested exhibited no symptoms of the drug-reminding me of when Elaine eats poppyseed bagels and tests positive for opium on Seinfeld.

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However, using these shampoos can still have unforeseen, if sober, consequences: a positive marijuana result in a baby can lead to an investigation from child welfare. "We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused," Dr. Carl Seashore, a study co-author said. And when 0.1 milliliters or less is enough to cause a positive result, it's understandable why parents would be concerned.


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