So...last time I focused on the air our children are breathing in. This time I am going to focus on the products we use ON our children, such as lotions, body wash, shampoo, massage oil, etc.
Our children are the most precious gifts in the world ever given to us and it is up to us to keep them safe and healthy! There are a lot of things we have to worry about as mothers, but we shouldn't let what we put on their skin be one of them!
Here is another example - in a recent study involving infants and toddlers, 81% had signs of phthalates in their wet diapers after having had some type of personal care product applied to their skin. Some experts suggest that phthlates, which is also used as softeners in plastic toys and have recently been banned from children's toys by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, can potentially have negative impacts on the respiratory system, liver, and kidneys! Why are companies allowed to put toy softeners in my baby products???!!! Ughh...it is so frustrating to me - as it should be to every mother!
Parabens (Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben): These are used as preservatives in many of the baby products - lotions, washes, wipes, etc. They can cause allergic reactions, are irritating to skin/eyes, and have been shown to be harmful to human sperm. They are also a concern for reproductive problems and breast cancer. They are readily absorbed through the skin and have been detected in breast tissue and tumors.
1,4-dioxane: is harmful even in trace amounts. It is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation used to make petroleum based cosmetic ingredients gentler to the skin.
Formaldehyde: this is a probable human carcinogen and is associated with gene damage, mutations, and developmental problems.
PEGs: Polyethylene glycols should not be used on damaged skin due to concerns over kidney toxicity. It is also associated with cancer of the blood and lymph systems. PEGs are found in cleaning products and lotions.
Colorings: FD&C Yellow #5 is an allergen and has been associated with hyperactivity in children. It is added to some bubble baths and baby washes.
So what can we do to fight these companies who are killing our children one bath at a time? Well, for starters..start to be choosy about what products you use. Read the labels on all the baby products you have in the house right now. Avoid or throw any products away that have any of the ingredients listed above. Luckily, people and companies are starting to recognize these bad ingredients and are creating healthy alternative products for our children - so there are options out there! I will help you out by listing some of my favorite alternative brands for different baby products.
Baby bath/wash: Shaklee, California Baby, Avalon, Yes to Carrots
Baby oil/lotion/diaper rash ointment: Shaklee, Earth Mama Angel Baby
Baby shampoo/conditioner: Shaklee, Yes to Carrots, Aubrey Organics
Diapers: Earth's Best, Seventh Generation, Tushies
Baby Wipes: Tushies, Seventh Generation, Earth's Best
Want to do something else to help keep your children and the future children of this world safe? Here are some other suggestions:
- Simplify: Select products with fewer ingredients and no sythetic fragrance or dyes, and use fewer products overall
- Tell manufacturers that safety is important to you - write major companies that do include these harmful ingredients and tell them that safety for your children is important to you!