Recently, hospitals have noticed that a record number of babies are testing positive for having THC in their systems. However, it seems as though it is baby bath soap, not marijuana, that is to blame for the false-positive tests.
The journal Clinical Biochemistry has released information that shows that baby soaps, shampoos, and washes are contaminating the urine in some babies’ drug tests. While the soaps themselves do not have marijuana in the formula, there is something in the soap that is causing a false-positive test result.
Very small amounts of the soaps, even .1 milliters or less, were shown to cause the false-positive THC results in urine tests.
Now that this has been discovered, it is important that hospitals conduct blood-based drug screenings for babies, as urine tests have been shown to be inaccurate at times.
Drug screenings for babies are common when a mother has a history of drug use. The tests are done to ensure that the mother is being responsible and did not put the baby at harm during or shortly after the pregnancy. The false-positives could lead to babies being wrongfully taken from their parents by the Department of Child Services. So far, no cases of a child being taken away as a result of a false-positive due to baby oap has been reported.
Soaps that were shown to produce false-positive THC results were Aveno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, and Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath. However, many other products could lead to the same problem during testing.
CVS told Fox News that, “CVS Night-Time Baby Bath does not contain THC. This is an issue with the type of testing being used, not our product.”