Don’t Buy Baby Products with These Ingredients

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What’s not to love about a baby’s gentle, smooth, and soft skin? As a parent, you would want to keep it that way!

Babies’ skin will be sensitive to whatever it comes into contact with. As a result, dry skin in babies is not surprising.

Because there are a ton of baby products on the market, it’s hard to tell which are good or bad for your baby.

In general, you want to get products that are all-natural and free of dyes.

Check out this article for a full list of ingredients to avoid when buying baby products.

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What Causes Dry Skin in Babies?

Babies and adults alike will experience dry skin often. With exposure to cold temperatures or dry air, the skin will need some added moisture.

Dehydration, allergies, and other skin conditions from exposure to certain chemicals can also cause dry skin.

Because a newborn baby’s skin is more delicate than an adult’s, it is prone to becoming parched more often.

Having dry skin is not as harmful as you might think. It tends to clear up in a few days even without treatment.

But of course, as a parent, ensuring your little bundle of joy is always healthy should be your top priority!

We have no doubt you will do anything to keep your baby from having dry skin and other health concerns!

Ingredients to Avoid in Baby Products

We highly encourage taking extra time to check the labels when shopping for your baby.

Sure, that shampoo might seem so sweet and pleasing. But take caution as it may contain chemicals harmful to your child!

Here are ingredients you should be mindful of:

Fragrances

Everyone loves a good-smelling baby!

And because of that, companies have added fragrances or perfumes to a ton of baby products.

However, whether they are natural or synthetic, fragrances are known to cause allergic reactions, rashes, or worse, breathing problems in a lot of instances.

When checking the labels on soaps and moisturizers, look out for words like “fragrance”, “perfume”, “parfum”, “essential oil blend”, and “aroma”.

Sometimes, they may even be hard to detect. Ingredient names like “amyl cinnamal”, “toluene”, or “aldehydes” are also referred to as synthetic fragrances.

To be sure, stick to baby products marketed as “fragrance-free” or made for “babies with sensitive skin”.

Synthetic Dyes

A lot of studies have proven synthetic dyes to possibly cause behavioral changes in children.

With that, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tightly regulated the use of color additives and synthetic dyes not just in baby products, but in all cosmetic and food products too.

However, there are a few dyes that do not need approval from the FDA. Natural dyes derived from minerals, plants, and animal sources pose no significant threat to a baby’s health.

Parabens

Parabens are used in many cosmetic and food products to increase their shelf-life. They can be commonly found in soaps and shampoos.

Because parabens are easily absorbed by the skin, they can quickly cause skin irritation, especially in young children with sensitive skin.

Studies have even suggested that long-term exposure to parabens can cause hormonal imbalances and metabolic problems. So it is best to avoid them at an early age.

Make sure to check the labels and avoid chemicals like methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, and ethylparaben.

Choose baby products that use plant-based preservatives like caprylyl glycol and gluconolactone. These should do just fine! 

Phthalates

Phthalate is a chemical you can find everywhere. These are petroleum by-products used in a lot of plastic, packaging, and artificial fragrance additives.

Wide exposure to phthalates has been linked to many reproductive health issues.

So when buying baby bottles and toys for your child, make sure they are clearly labeled as “phthalate free”.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is an ingredient used in a lot of personal care and cleaning products including liquid baby soaps and baby wipes.

They may keep bacteria away but they can also cause skin irritation and allergic reactions to people with sensitive skin, especially babies.

Formaldehyde is tagged as a carcinogen and can cause severe respiratory and nervous system damage. Even more worrisome, a lot of chemicals, although not listed as formaldehyde, can also release formaldehyde.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is commonly found in moisturizers and sunscreens.

They are widely used for their skin-softening properties but on the downside, can also cause irritation and allergies.

Sulfates

Sulfates are commonly known as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

They can be found in several bath and cleaning products because they work wonders at removing dirt and oil.

Sulfates are not necessarily harmful, but they can still cause some irritation. If your baby starts to itch after bath time, or if you notice redness and dryness in their skin, chances are, your baby needs to switch to a sulfate-free soap.

You will find plenty of sulfate-free products for sure. But if you don’t, just make sure their concentrations are not greater than 2%.

Higher concentrations of sulfates can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritations.

Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is found in chemical sunscreens for its great effectiveness against UV rays and easy application on the skin.

However, it can also cause allergic reactions and hormonal imbalances.

Other harmful ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, benzophenone, homosalate, methoxycinnamate, octinoxate, octisalate, and PABA.

Choose a mineral sunscreen for your babies. They are safer for the skin and the ocean!

Final Words

It would break our hearts to see a baby cry from the pain and trouble caused by harmful chemicals!

Responsible mommies and daddies, check the label before purchase.

And if you are unsure, consult with a dermatologist or pediatrician.

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