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Safety Guide to Children's Personal Care Products (long)

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Thanos~Angel Posted: 12-21-2007 1:31 PM
Marc's school sent this home this week. I thought I'd share, since it can be a big concern for most of us Mama's out there. It's also not to say you have to use these products, just if you do the things to watch for:



TOP 4 TIPS:
1. Use fewer products and use them less frequently
2. Don’t trust the claims. Check ingredients
3. Buy fragrance free products
4. Visit www.cosmeticsdatabase.com or www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/parentsguide

INGREDIENTS TO ALWAYS AVOID

2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL (or Bronopol)
allergen that forms cancer-causing chemicals

BHA
causes skin depigmentation

DMDM HYDANTOIN
allergen that forms cancer-causing chemicals

OXYBENZONE
allergen; damages cells and DNA with free radicals

TRICLOSAN
May disrupt growth hormones from the thyroid

BORIC ACID and SODIUM BORATE
Unsafe for infants according to industry experts

DIBUTYL PHTHALATE, TOLUENE
Found in nail polish; hormone disruption, cancer concerns

AVOID WHEN POSSIBLE

FRAGRANCE
Allergen; neurotoxic, hormone disruption concerns

FLUORIDE
Teeth stains; neurotoxic when swallowed

CETEARETH and PEG compounds
Can contain cancer-causing chemicals

PARABENS
Hormone disruption, cancer concerns

TRIETHANOLAMINE
Allergen that forms cancer-causing chemicals

DYES
Some cause cancer and are banned outside the US

METHYLCHLORISOTHIAZOLINONE & MTHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE
Allergens with neurotoxicity concerns

IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE
Chemical similar to neurotoxic pesticides

BENZYL ALCOHOL and ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
skin irritation and neurotoxicity concerns

PRODUCT TIPS

Shampoo and Conditioner: Avoid DMDM hydantoin, fragrance, and ceteareth and PEG compounds.

Some Better Picks
Burt’s Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo bar with Oat Protein and Pro Vitamin B5
California Baby Shampoo and Bodywash Super Sensitive
Jason Natural Cosmetics Aloe Vera 84% Hair Smoothing Conditioner

Body Wash and Liquid Soap: Avoid triclosan, DMDM hydantoin, and fragrance. Plain bar soap over body wash is recommended.

Some Better Picks
California Baby shampoo and bodywash super sensitive
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Was with Natural Collodial Oatmeal, Fragrance Free
Huggies Baby Wash, Extra Sensitive, Fragrance Free

Toothpaste: The ADA recommends fluoride-free toothpastes for children under 2. Also avoid triclosan and PEG compounds

Some Better Picks
Tom’s of Maine Natural Homeopathic-Style Whitening Toothpaste, Apricot
Weleda Calendula Toothpaste
Colgate Toothpaste, Regular

Sunscreen: Infants under 6 months of age should not be in the sun. For older babies and children, use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, re-apply often. Avoid oxybenzone, DMDM hydantoin, and triethanolmine

Some Better Picks
Blue Lizard Australian Suncream, SPF 30, Sensitive
California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance
Coppertone Endless Summer Ultrasheer Sunscreen Stick

Baby Wipes: Avoid 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (or Broponol), DMDM hydantoin, and fragrance

Some Better Picks
Seventh Generation Unscented Baby Wipes with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E
Pampers Baby Wipes Unscented
Tushies baby Wipes with Aloe vera, Unscented

Lotion and moisturizer: Avoid harsher soaps to keep child’s skin from drying out, as well as DMDM hydantoin, fragrance and ceteareth and PEG compounds

Some Better Picks
Aveeno Daily Baby Moisturizing Lotion
California Baby Botanical Moisturizing Cream
Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream

Diaper Cream: Avoid BHA, boric acid, sodium borate, and fragrance

Some Better Picks
Aquaphor Hydrophor Baby Diaper Rash Ointment
Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash
Balmex Extra Protective Clear Ointment

Baby Powder: Do not use powders. Lung Damage results when babies inhale the cloud of tiny particles released during application. Also avoid DMDM hydantoin, sodium borate and fragrance

Play Make Up: Make sure children use safer products, apply them appropriately, sparingly and infrequently.

To find more picks of safer products visit the web address at the top of the post.

Hope this helps someone

Ang

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Ang Heart Shawn 10-22-1999

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Thanos~Angel replied on 04-16-2008 11:58 AM
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Ang Heart Shawn 10-22-1999

Marc David 6 (8-17-03)
~ 25w6d preemie (918 grams or 2lbs) ~
Ian Kurt 3 years (7-6-06) ~ 32w preemie (5lbs 1oz) Non-Verbal with 15 words ~
our {\O/} 10-23-00

Bahamut The Ball Python* 1 year old and 41 inches long

Tifa the Guinea Pig* 1 year~
"Dear Mr President"
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