At the end of 2013, Johnson’s and Johnson’s reformulated their “No More Tears” baby shampoo to remove formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, two harmful chemicals that have been linked to the development of neurological disorders and cancer. Even though, in my opinion, this is a step in the right direction, there are still plenty of chemicals in this shampoo and other baby bath products that can be harmful to your children.
Synthetic Chemicals Threaten the Safety of Baby Products
Children are our future, our most precious asset so, by rights, they should only be exposed to the safest baby products. Unfortunately, billion-dollar corporations are much more concerned with cutting corners and costs than making sure our children and protected.
Several years ago, a close friend of mine almost lost her 6-month-old daughter to an allergic reaction to a dye contained in a baby lotion. Since that terrible incident, I started doing some serious research on all of the ingredients in the baby bath products I was using on my own kids.
I couldn’t believe what I found. I was outraged at the incredible amount of synthetic chemicals in these pink, purple, and yellow bottles with cute little cartoon characters on them. Once I realized what was in them, I thought a skull and crossbones would have been more fitting.
Here is just some of the chemicals lurking in your child’s products:
- Parabens – Linked to the development of breast cancer
- Phthalates – Linked to breast development in boys, cancer
- BHA – Linked to hyperactivity in children, cancer
- Oxybenzone – Linked to the development of skin cancer
- Triclosan – Linked to antibiotic resistance
- Boric Acid – A deadly poison used to kill roaches and ants
- Toluene – Linked to neurological and learning impairment
- Triethanolamine – Linked to skin rashes and reddening
- Dyes – Linked to hyperactivity and cancer
- Fragrances – Linked to upper respiratory allergies and cancer
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone – Linked to nervous system disorders
- Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – Linked to behavioral problems
- Benzyl Alcohol – Linked to skin rashes, asthma, and anaphylaxis
It takes only 26 seconds for your child’s skin to absorb these chemicals and for them to begin their silent work on his immune, nervous, and digestive system.
This is why it’s so important to carefully read the labels on any of the baby products you use and choose only organic. We’ve been using unscented castile soap for several months now and it works well as a shampoo and body wash. Coconut oil makes an amazing natural moisturizer that helps treat diaper rash, heat rash, and baby acne.
Harmful chemicals aren’t limited to your child’s bathing and personal care products, they’re are plenty of them in the make-up and skin lotions you use everyday as well.
Recently, I complied a list of the most harmful chemicals and put them into my free e-Book, “Dying to Be Beautiful – Top 10 Killer Ingredients in Your Beauty Products”.
Download your copy today and share it with your family and friends!