Most people are not aware that baby care products such as shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals (including fragrance) that have been linked with negative side effects. I have seen many skin problems erupt on little babies due to the harmful ingredients in some products.
The chemicals, called phthalates, are found in many ordinary products including toys, baby care and hair products, cosmetics and even vinyl flooring. They are used to stabilize fragrances and make plastics flexible.
In one study of baby care products, phthalates were found in elevated levels in the urine of babies who'd been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products.
Unfortunately, these chemicals often don't appear on product labels since retail products aren't required to list individual ingredients of fragrances, which are a common phthalate source.
In a another study, over 150 babies between the ages 2 to 28 months were examined. The researchers measured levels of several phthalates from baby care products including lotions, powders, diaper creams and baby wipes by examining the urine from their diapers. All urine samples had detectable levels of at least one phthalate, and most had levels of several more.
The highest levels were linked with shampoos, lotions and powders, and were most prevalent in babies younger than 8 months.
Another useless ingredient is MINERAL OIL which is primarily used as a cheap filler in so many products. Since it coats the skin and clogs the pores and does not, therefore allow
moisture in, it can cause acne, irritation, dandruff
and skin dryness.
Very sadly, many children's and baby care bath products contain chemicals that can trigger allergies and also greatly irritate the nasal and respiratory passages.
In conclusion, I feel there is an obvious need for laws that force the baby care industry to reveal all of the chemicals contained in their products. The bottom line is that these chemicals that are commonly being used on our children can potentially cause health problems.
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