One would think that manufactures would take special care when producing baby products, but that isn’t the case. Harmful chemicals are still used in the production of goods we use in and on our babies every day. Here are some of the most important toxins to watch out for.
1. Talc is a powdered mineral in many cosmetic powders. It’s used to keep things dry, but it’s a well-known lung irritant. It might also be carcinogenic. Many baby powders these days are talc-free, but some aren’t. Be sure you aren’t using a powder intended for adults on your baby.
2. Proplyene glycol is a penetration enhancer, which means it helps other substances get through your pores. You’ll find this in most baby wipes. It is an allergen that irritates the skin and increases the risk of cancer.
3. Parabens is a group of compounds used in personal care products as preservatives. These neurotoxins are linked to hormone disruption and reproductive toxicity. They also irritate the skin.
4. BPA is an industrial chemical used to soften plastics so they can be molded. It isn’t used in modern baby bottles anymore, but it can be found in basically anything else made from plastic. It disrupts the endocrine and reproductive systems.
5. Mineral oil (often found in baby oil) is a byproduct of petroleum processing. It’s used to lubricate, but it actually acts as a plastic-y wrap on the skin and trapped toxins and chemicals from coming out. It’s best to stick to more natural solutions, like olive, almond or coconut oil.
6. Triclosan is a carcinogen in anything labeled “antibacterial.” It’s a hormone disrupter that can cause serious long-term developmental problems. Also, by creating perfectly sterile environments, we handcuff our bodies’ ability to develop natural immunities to everyday bacteria. Avoid antibacterial baby soaps, washes, lotions and shampoos.
7. Fragrance is a broad category of chemicals. Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose what’s in their fragrances, so we’ll never know. They are used to hide the odors of other nasty chemicals. Generally, they come from petroleum and coal-based synthetic chemicals. They cause respiratory, eye, skin, and brain damage. You’ll find them baby wipes, shampoos, lotions, soap, and baby powder.
8. 1,4-Dioxane is an known carcinogen that gets absorbed through the skin. Many baby soaps have 1,4-dioxane in them, even though it’s not listed in the ingredients. That’s because its use isn’t intentional; it’s a by-product of other chemicals.
9. Surfacants are what give soaps and toothpastes that foamy texture. These disrupt the endocrine and reproductive system. They’re also suspected carcinogens and gene mutagens.
10. Camphor is a poisonous substances used in vapor rubs. If ingested, it can cause seizures, muscles twitches, confusion and irritability. It’s limited by the FDA, but still very deadly.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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