Parents and caregivers need to be careful when choosing baby care products. There are many hidden dangers of baby care products. It doesn’t matter if your child is part of the Psychic Kids group or is a regular one, all children should avoid the dangers of baby care products.
Dangers of Baby Care Products: Beware of marketing claims
When choosing baby care products, ‘Best ever softness’, ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘dermatologically tested’ do not quite mean what they appear to. Your average baby care product contain a cocktail of chemicals that are disguised as perfume, preservatives and colours. Look at labels on baby wipes, shampoo, nappy cream, bubble-bath’s, talcum powder and anything else going on your child’s skin. Babies skin and blood brain barrier are very thin compared to adults, so more chemicals can build up and lead to serious health disorders. Warm water is enough to clean a baby, so why do we need to chance it with these products?
Dangers of Baby Care Products: Substances to Watch Out For
Sodium Laurel Sulphate
Sodium Laurel Sulphate is found in products such as Johnson’s ‘No More Tears’ baby shampoo, Avent’s ‘Baby Body and Hair Wash’ and Boot’s ‘Sleep Baby’ and ‘Child Bath Bubbles’. It is a commercial detergent and is safe in very low doses if washed off the skin, but can trigger eczema if in prolonged contact with the skin in high concentrations (28).
Talcum powder can irritate the lungs and cause breathing problems if inhaled in large quantities. Past studies has shown a link between long-term genital use and ovarian cancer, but talc is not considered to be toxic in any way by the regulatory bodies (ibid).
Perfume can contain any of 200 different synthetic chemicals, so look out for that on labels.
Propylene glycol is prevalent in numerous baby products and has been linked to depressing the central nervous system – the nerves that make up the brain and spinal cord. It is an irritant and easily absorbed by the skin (especially babies skin) and has been linked to fatalities in premature babies (29).
Parabens are also worth watching out for. This family of compounds are mainly used as preservatives and are skin and eye irritants.They have also been found to mimic the female hormone oestrogen and have even been found in human breast tumors. This has led to suggestions that parabens are linked to breast cancer (ibid).
A company called Neways produce a range of safe and effective alternatives that are totally non-toxic and affordable. These include baby lotion, baby talc, bubble bath, hair detangler and hair & body wash. They do not contain any artificial fragrances, preservatives or harmful ingredients.
Substances to Watch Out For During Pregnancy
Vitamin A or Retinol
Vitamin A or Retinol is found in many cosmetic products and should be avoided. Too much of this in the blood-stream can interfere with the development of the foetus and can lead to malformations. Vitamin A supplements should also be left well alone (unless otherwise advised).
Suncreams can also be toxic. Dr.Martin Schlumpf, an environmental toxicoligist from the University of Zurich have been studying the ingredients of suncreams. Nine out of ten compounds in the creams mimicked oestrogen and some were found that were related to camphor (30).
Birch and Wintergreen essential oils contain the chemical methyl salicylate and is best avoided. Women with a record of early miscarriage may want to avoid clary sage.
Very hot baths are not a good idea. They can cause a number of problems.