Protecting Baby Part I: Personal Care Products

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Toxins in Baby Shampoo

We all want to keep our kids safe from toxins, but what if something as simple as baby shampoo is increasing their toxic load?  The more toxins we are exposed to the increased likelihood of symptoms such as eczema, and neurological or behavioral issues. When I was pregnant with my first baby I knew that I wanted to go green. I did research reading books and looking for greener products. I learned that children, especially newborns are vulnerable to toxic chemicals because of their size. A babies skin surface area to body weight ratio is 3x greater than adults. Essentially this means more surface area for toxins to come into contact with the skin and be absorbed into the body. Since babies are at a critical stage of development, any toxins will be more damaging compared to a fully grown adult.

A study by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found cancer causing chemicals in popular baby products. Would you knowingly use baby shampoo that has the potential to cause cancer, autism or learning disabilities? Of course not! So why do so many baby products contain dangerous chemicals? The reality is that the FDA has no authority when it comes to regulating personal care products, and companies essentially approve the safety of their own products.

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Tips for Buying Safe Baby Shampoo

  • Do research on EWG skindeep website before buying baby shampoo, lotion, diaper rash cream etc.
  • Avoid anything with phthalates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances
  • Avoid these ingredients
    • Ingredients with the letters PEG at the beginning or ETH at the end.
    • Fragrance
    • Triclosan
    • Quaternium 15
    • Potassium Sorbate
    • Micronized Zinc Oxide (diaper rash creams)
  • Read the labels and don’t be duped. Baby shampoo claims like “tear free” and “gentle” doesn’t mean safe.

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