Baby Product Safety

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Baby Product Safety - WARNING MOM'S  -   phthalates, triclosan, dioxane, sodium polyacrylate, BPA and so many more dangerous chemicals are found in your babies body care and baby products.

Also, pregnant and nursing Moms need to be aware of what they're exposed to....what you take, your baby takes!

Learn here what you can do to keep your baby free from chemicals and toxins.

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Unfortunately we have to be aware of baby product safety, there's more hidden in baby products than you would ever imagine!

Let's take a closer  look at baby product safety and a few baby products you should avoid.......

Phthalates - A common and dangerous chemical we have not taken a close look at is, Phthalates.

This is a chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products and can be found in baby toys, plastic teethers and other baby products including their plastic bowl and plates. 

The chemical phthalates softens plastic so is usually found in plastic teethers, not what you want your baby chewing on.  You may be able to find a label that claims it's phthalate-free but if not, look for cloth or wooden teethers.

Research has found exposure to Phthalates tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics and may cause reproductive problems for boys and early puberty in girls.

Phthalates and other dangerous chemicals are found in air fresheners that we commonly use in our homes.  Childhood asthma has sky-rocketed since more air fresheners have been used in homes. (see Home Air Pollution)   

As if this isn’t bad enough, phthalates is also used in the coatings of anti-depressants that Doctors are prescribing to pregnant women.

Drug companies are pushing to have expectant mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy to prevent post-partum depression.  Read this link to also learn what antidepressant can do to the unborn child:

So from the womb, to breast feeding, to playing with their toys, there is yet another dangerous exposure that can have dire health effects.

Dioxane - Product test by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde, both linked to cancer in dozens of baby bath products.  None of these products (Sesame Street brands, Johnson's Baby Shampoo,etc) list these dangers on the label.  Dioxane and Sodium Polyacrylate is also found in diapers.   (keep on reading, we'll get to that!!)

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Plastic Bottles - As long as we’re talking about baby product safety and harmful chemicals to the endocrine and reproduction system, let me remind you of plastic bottles.

I think we’re all familiar with the concerns that were raised regarding plastic bottles a few years ago but to those that may not have read about it or have forgotten, BPA, DEHP and PET are all man-made chemicals classified as endocrine disrupters, which alter the function of the endocrine system by mimicking the role of the body's natural hormones.

Study shows DEHP can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system, particularly the developing testes of prenatal and neonatal males.

The home remedy here is get rid of these dangerous bottles, changing to either glass or bottles made of polyethylene or polypropylene. (you can always call the company when in doubt)

Disposable Diapers - Yes, add this to the list of baby product safety, it's another convenience we would assume is safe but of course, too good to be true!!!

Chemicals in we go!

Dioxins - Most disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine, resulting in a byproduct called dioxins that leach into the diapers as well as the environment.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals known to science and are listed by the EPA as highly carcinogenic chemicals.

According to the World Health Organization, exposure to Dioxins may cause skin reactions and altered liver function.  as well as impairments to the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and reproductive functions. (Mom, it's in your sanitary napkins too!!)

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Sodium Polyacrylate - Is a super absorbent chemical compound that is used in the fillers of many disposable diapers.

It is composed of cellulose processed from trees that is mixed with crystals of polyacrylate.

This chemicals absorbs fluids and creates surface tension in the lining of the diaper to bind fluids and prevent leakage.

Sodium polyacrylate is often visible as small gel-like crystals on the skin of babies and is thought to be linked to skin irritations and respiratory problems.

This chemical was removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns, yet your baby is exposed to it daily!

As it has only been used in diapers for the last two decades, there is not yet research on the long-term health effects of sodium polyacrylate on babies. 

I do think if we're going to be concerned about baby product safety, this is a biggie!

dioxins in disposable diapers

Tributyl-tin (TBT) - Many disposable diapers contain a chemical called tributyl-tin (TBT).

According to the EPA, this toxic pollutant is extremely harmful to aquatic (water) life and causes endocrine (hormonal) disruptions in aquatic organisms.

TBT is a polluting chemical that does not degrade but remains in the environment and in our food chain.

TBT is also an ingredient used in biocides to kill infecting organisms.

Additionally, according to research published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, tributyl-tin can trigger genes that promote the growth of fat cells, causing obesity in humans.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - Disposable diapers frequently contain these chemicals, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and dipentene.

According to the EPA, VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system as well as cancers.

Other Chemicals - Often used in disposable diapers also includes, fragrances, plastics and petroleums.

Adhesive chemicals are used in the sticky tabs to close the diapers and dyes are used to color and make the patterns and labels that mark diapers. Perfumes and fragrances are used to mask odors.

As you probably have guessed, the home remedy is.....cloth diapers or find a natural disposable brand that is free from all chemicals.

In addition to looking at baby product safety, we've talked about the huge increase in the use of toxic cosmetics and cleaning products.

We've talked about pesticides not only in our food but in many other products such as antibacterial soap. The harm these pesticides cause to both our bodies and the environment is huge!!

We talked about the dangers of microwave ovens , GMO's and what it does to our food.

We talked about indoor air pollution and their dangers with Phthlates and how it's also in toys and other baby products.

Now we've added plastic bottles and diapers to the list as well. (If you missed any of those subjects, click on those links as they all have info that directly affect your little ones)

If we consider the daily exposure of ALL these products to our little ones.....WOW!!!

We don't have to look very far for explanations regarding the vast, physical, emotional and even mental struggles on the rise in our youth.

The following is an article that was in the Arizona Republic Newspaper 2/16/2014.....

Everyday chemicals are damaging the brains of unborn and young children, leading to conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexcia and lost IQ points, according to two prominent doctors.

In an article published Friday in the journal Lancet Neurology, the two argue that chemicals should be tested better before being allowed on the market, and they called for a global prevention strategy.

This is the second time Grandjean and Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, have sounded an alarm about the behavioral and brain effects of chemical exposures.

In 2006, they said that five chemicals - lead, methylmercury, arsenic, PCBs and toluene - should be considered toxic to the developing brain.  The doctors did not conduct new studies on these substances, but now they've added six more:  Manganese, Fluoride, Chlorpyrifos, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), Tetrachloroethylene (PERC), Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

We could look at medications and immunizations as well in consideration of baby product safety but I have to draw the line here.

I'm sure although we haven't covered everything but we've looked at a lot of opportunities to start substituting dangerous baby products for healthy ones.

My goal is to show you how important this is and best of all, doable!!

Follow up from here with  Mommy Help along with Homemade Cleaners and Skin Care Recipes and again, if you haven't read all the Dangerous Items, please do so as they all relate to raising a healthy family. You and your little ones are the reason I have done this site.

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