A Report on Phthalates in Baby Products
Canada's CTV news ran a report this week on a number of baby shampoos, lotions, and powders containing a man-made chemical called Phthalates, after a U.S. study was conducted. This chemical may be found in certain fragrances and plastics, such as baby bottles.
Says CTV on the study, "U.S. researchers tested the urine of 163 infants aged two to 28 months, 24 hours after they were shampooed with the baby shampoos, wiped with baby wipes, and had baby lotions, powders and diaper creams applied. (The name brands of the baby products the parents used were not recorded by the study authors.)
All of the urine samples contained at least one phthalate, and 80 per cent of the samples had measurable amounts of at least seven types of phthalates."
As several baby products contain fragrance, the possibility of hidden Phthalates is high. One fragrance can be composed of hundreds of chemicals, so there may actually be several other toxins lurking in one bottle of bubble bath.
Do your baby a favour and read the label! Avoid chemicals such as Phthalates, synthetic Fragrances (use pure essential oils in place of 'Fragrance'), Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (a foaming agent found in toothpaste, shampoo, bubble bath, soap) as these chemicals have been linked to eczema, allergies, and possible reproductive problems.
For CTV's report, read on...
Find out more on the products in your baby's room by entering the product or company name at SafeCosmetics.org