Most baby products found in stores can make your baby’s skin feel incredibly smooth and soft. However, some baby skin care products, utensils and other products may actually have potentially harmful ingredients that pose significant risks to your baby’s health. It can be a challenge to find the safest products for our babies and you need to sort through a wide range of information to get the knowledge to make those healthy and safe choices.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and anything we apply to it can be slowly absorbed to the internal system and bloodstream. Babies have thinner skin and they are not as capable when it comes to blocking potentially harmful substances. Babies also have a much higher metabolism, making exposure to certain toxins even more harmful. Let’s take a closer look at just what could be in your baby’s skin care products.
Non-organic skin products for babies may contain various chemical substances including:
1,4-dioxane: It’s a stabilizer and solvent, which is considered a potential carcinogen by EPA
Diethanolamine (DEA): DEA is a foaming agent and also a carcinogen. Its use has been phased out in various products, including personal care products. Variants of DEA include cocamide DEA, triethanolamine and lauramide. They can be absorbed easily through the skin, causing toxic accumulation over time.
Formaldehyde: It’s found in body washes, shampoos and soaps, as well as aerosol products and air fresheners. Formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen and may potentially cause damage to our DNA. Constant exposure to formaldehyde may cause loss of sleep, dizziness, chronic fatigue and emotional depression.
Fragrance: Artificial fragrance can cause various health issues, such as allergic reactions, headaches, vomiting, coughing, dizziness and rashes. They could also cause disruptions in hormonal balance and production, as well as triggering certain reproductive disorders.
Parabens: Parabens are synthetic preservatives that can be used on baby products and they have the ability to mimic the function of estrogen. If babies are exposed to parabens, they may suffer from rashes, skin irritation and endocrine function issues.
Phthalates: These are a common additive for many personal care products, including those for babies. They could disrupt endocrine performance and continuous exposure to phthalates may cause kidney damage and cancer.
Eating utensils for babies could also contain various synthetic chemicals that will contaminate food. When choosing food ingredients, parents should avoid industrially farmed products that may contain trace amount of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. On average, we may consume eight types of pesticides each day from regular foods. For babies, their bodies are not equipped with the ability to remove and breakdown toxins quickly. This makes choosing organic products that much more important for your baby.
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