Whoa! Some Baby Shampoos and Washes Test Positive For Marijuana

ByElena Donovan Mauer
Contributing Writer
Published
Jun 2012
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Did you know your baby could fail a drug test? Researchers at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill noticed that a high number of babies in their nursery tested high for cannabis (aka THC) in drug tests and theorized that shampoos and washes may be triggering the positive results. Turns out, after they tested a few brands, they do!

Freaked out? Don’t be. According to Time Healthland, the shampoos and washes don’t actually have marijuana in them. Rather, certain other ingredients in the washes, including polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine, mess with the test, triggering a false positive. Baby won’t get intoxicated or exhibit symptoms of marijuana exposure because of her shampoo (sigh of relief).

The whole point of the study was to see if children in child welfare cases could test positive for THC since their parents could be wrongly accused of exposing them to drugs. _Time_says products that showed positive results include Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo.

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