June 20, 2012

Baby shampoo mislabels babies as potheads

This is another "you've got to be kidding me!" moment.  Apparently bathing your baby in certain shampoos can end up leaving your little tike with a dirty drug test.

I'm serious.

And these shampoos aren't some obscure brands.  I'm talking about Johnson and Johnson and Aveeno.

A study out of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found a high rate of babies in its nursery were testing positive for THC, which is the get-you-high ingredient in marijuana.

So after doing a number of tests, researchers discovered that baby shampoo was causing the false positive tests.

It is still unclear why this is happening.  It could be a combination of factors.  But researchers believe soaps or shampoos containing polyquatrnium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine (memorize these...there will be a test later) could be causing the problem.

There are several states that consider any prenatal exposure to illegal drugs a form of child abuse.  And if a couple admits previous drug use before pregnancy, hospitals may consider them high-risk and test their newborn.

Can you imagine?  You smoke a doobie here and there, but quit when you find out your pregnant.  Then as they hand you your newly-washed newborn, they also call CPS on your ass because your baby tested positive for pot!

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