How would you feel if you’d just given birth and your baby tested positive for marijuana use — but you’ve never smoked a joint in your life (or not in a long time, anyway)?
Apparently certain soaps used to wash babies shortly after birth may be causing them to test positive for marijuana on newborn screenings, according to MSNBC.com.
The discovery was made after a North Carolina hospital found an increase in the number of babies testing positive for marijuana.
The infant urine samples that contained tiny amounts of Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash or Aveeno Wash Shampoo also tested positive for trace amounts of tested tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in marijuana.
“The amount of soap in the urine needed to produce a positive test result was tiny, less than 0.1 milliliters,” according to researchers who published a study on the findings in the June issue of the journal Clinical Biochemistry.
And despite the presence of THC, the soaps “do not produce a ‘high’ or any other effects of marijuana in infants.” Babies being exposed to such low levels of marijuana does not necessitate the involvement of social services.
“We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused of drug use and to help ensure that intervention efforts are directed to babies who are truly at risk of drug exposure,” said one of the study researchers, according to MSNBC.
Why the baby soap was testing positive in marijuana screenings is unknown, although the thought is that there are chemicals in the soap that change the way the test works or “the chemicals in the soap change the way the test works.” A more sensitive test came back negative for THC.
No matter the reason, wouldn’t you be kind of upset if your newborn tested positive for marijuana as a result of soap?
Photo credit: iStock
MORE ON BABBLE:
Yuck! worms found in Capri Sun juice packs
10 things a mother-in-law should NEVER utter to a daughter-in-law
7 things you should NEVER say to your child
20 mind-blowing vintage ads featuring children
15 weirdest, creepiest dolls you’ve ever seen