By- Varda Agrawal
I am a mother of an almost 3 year old little Champ & also expecting another little angel soon…
Being a mother adds a whole lot of responsibilities & gives a different perspective towards life.
When you become a mother, you become very conscious about little things happening to your baby. When it comes to buying things for the kids, you chose very cautiously… it may be baby food, clothing, toys, toiletries etc.
Well, in my case being a Pharmacist by education & profession (till I had baby), I already had the habit of going through labels displayed on the containers of baby food, shampoos, and so on …
Due to this habit of mine, I came to know, that almost all the baby products available in the market, contain some or other ingredients which may prove to be hazardous, to the baby’s health.
And today I list such hazardous ingredients, which are included in the baby products for all you fellow Moms, with the hope to help you get into the habit of checking labels, & choosing the right product for your kids
1. 1,4 Dioxane—
Products with synthetic ethoxylated ingredients, including those with myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, any other “eth,” or PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol, in their names. May also have traces of formaldehyde, nitrosamines, phthalates and other contaminants
Included in the baby products:- Bath products
Effect:- Breast Cancer, Tumours, Reproductive Toxicity, Hormone Disruption and Skin Irritation.
Included in the baby products:- Soaps, Baby Shampoos, Lotion, Baby wipes
3. PEG —
Effect:- Carcinogenic reduces the skin’s natural moisture, increases the appearance of aging and leaves it vulnerable to bacteria.
Included in the baby products:- Lotion, Creams & Shampoos
4. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) —
Effect:- It is a irritant which can be extremely harsh on the delicate skin of a baby/child. It affects optimal development of the eyes. It can damage the immune system. It also causes separation of skin layers and inflammation of skin.
Included in the Baby Products:- Soaps, Shampoos, Toothpastes
5. Mineral Oil— By product of petroleum processing
Effect:- It may cause skin irritation.
Included in the baby products:- Baby oils
6. Fragrance—Mixture of various scent chemicals.
Effect:- Exposure to fragrance leads to asthma. Neurological, skin, respiratory and eye damage.
Included in the Baby Products:- Body powder, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, diapers.
Effect:- Respiratory toxicity & Cancer.
Included In The Baby Products:- Baby Powder
Effect:- Damage to kidneys/liver, birth defects, decreased sperm count and early breast development in girls.
Included in the Baby Products:- Fragrances often contain Phthalates
9. Preservatives – Benzoic Acid
Effect:- Carcinogen associated with Leukemia and other blood cancers.
Included in The Baby products:- Baby shampoo and baby lotions.
10. Octinoxate —
Effect:- Endocrine Disruptors , also causes endometriosis and reproductive problems.
Included in the Baby Products:- Sunscreen Lotion / cream
So the next time you look for baby care products look out for these toxins and for certified toxin free products.
This little effort and alertness towards such harmful ingredients in baby products will surely help us in the long run in our journey of parenting.