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When choosing babycare products, ‘Best ever softness’, ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘dermatologically tested’ do not quite mean what they appear to. Your average babycare product contain a cocktail of chemicals that are disguised as parfum, 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?
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).
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. Check out www.newhuman.co.uk
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).
For a full download of the whole story visit: www.guardian.co.uk/chemicalworld.