what’s lurking on your baby’s skin?
According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, talc is a danger to babies and adults alike. Talc is closely related to the dangerous carcinogen asbestos, which is known to cause lung and ovarian cancer. The CPC warns that “Talc is found in a wide variety of consumer products ranging from home and garden pesticides to antacids. However, the products most widely used and that pose the most serious health risks are body powders. Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder…”
Unfortunately, companies like Johnson and Johnson® still produce talc powders for infants.
“Talc is used on babies because it absorbs unpleasant moisture. Clearly, dusting with talcum powder endangers an infant’s lungs at the prospect of inhalation. Exposing children to this carcinogen is unnecessary and dangerous.”
Sadly, consumer culture has overloaded our senses and shown us that products fit for retail, are fit for baby’s “sensitive skin.” Resist those bottles lining the shelves at London Drugs! Even if they’re on sale. Things like bubbly shampoos and bath gels are laden with Sodium Laureth Sulfate, baby powder that are made primarily from fragranced carcinogenic powders and lotions that are chalk full of parabens. Some of us may not even know the dangers lurking in these products, but they are there, and they are surprisingly potent. Ingredients in Johnson and Johnson Head-to-Toe Baby Wash® include: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Citric Acid.
Frankly, I would rather not lather my baby from head to toe in unknown and scary chemicals, but stores still stock the gleaming pink, yellow and purple plastic bottles, hoping to sway expectant parents to purchase their well known wares.
Their baby lotion is a nasty paste of dangerous chemicals including: Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 61, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Red 33
Do the research and find out for yourself what is lurking in your baby’s care products. Click on any of the links to the ingredients to learn more.The bottom line is no chemical is a good chemical, so avoid them and save your money!
More and more green mamas are educating themselves, reading labels and making homemade products for the family. Or, they are simply cutting back and making life simple, living off of simple castile soaps for cleaning the house, scrubbing dirty hair, and washing baby’s sensitive skin (unscented of course!) Dr. Bronner’s, Kiss My Face Peace Soap and Mountain Sky Soap are just a few examples of fantastic companies that make castile soap.
As far as subbing baby powder, you can use white clay or arrowroot powder. Simply mix together 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder, with 8 drops lavender essential oil. Mix well with your fingers, and then sift into a container. Or, find a talc free natural baby powder. Free baby’s bum from harsh chemicals!