Get Down and Dirty With Diaper Creme

12 Apr

You are standing in the baby care aisle, looking at the selection of baby care products…
do you:
a.pick up anything and just toss it in the cart
b.choose what your friend uses?
c.choose something your mom used on you?
d.choose what the hospital gave you a sample of, they are the hospital, what they gave you must be safe, right?
e.squint at the microscopic print and try to figure out what all those crazy words are on the back of the product and feel confused?

I found some key important points in an article by Jennifer Taggart,Smart Mama, of Smart, that will hopefully be a wake up call.

We hear lots of talk about avoiding certain ingredients in personal care products. Hormone disrupting phthalates, cancer causing 1,4-dioxane as a result of ethoxylation, formaldehyde releasing Quat-15. But figuring out which products are okay when shopping is difficult and frustrating. Then you add in the misleading nature of beauty product labels and, well, most of us just give up and buy what we have always bought.

A nursery staple is diaper cream. Whether you go disposable or reusable cloth, you’ll use diaper cream.

When you are slathering on diaper cream, keep in mind that an infant’s skin is thinner than an adult’s skin, so chemicals can more easily penetrate. Also, an infant has 2 and ½ times the skin surface area as an adult when compared to his internal mass, which basically means an infant gets a greater exposure to toxic chemicals in body care products on a body weight basis than an adult.

So, what is in Desitin – Original Formula? The ingredients in Desitin are: Zinc oxide 40%, BHA, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc.

So what do you think, safe or not? Let’s just talk about a couple of the ingredients.

(1) BHA. BHA is associated with cancer and hormone disruption in laboratory animals.It has been banned from cosmetics in the EU because of skin dipigmentation.

(2) Fragrance. Synthetic fragrance contains phthalates, hormone disrupting chemicals. A study published in Pediatrics showed the presence of phthalate metabolites in the urine of infants and that exposure is widespread, 81% of the infants tested have 7 phthalates above detection limits.

(3) Methylparaben. Methylparaben is one of the parabens, the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. Parabens are hormone disruptors. And, although they have been found in breast cancer tumors, no direct link has been established between parabens and breast cancer development. A small percentage of the population is also allergic to parabens, resulting in contact dermatitis reactions.

Another popular choice is Desitin Creamy. Desitin Creamy has a different formulation. Its ingredients are: Zinc Oxide 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Borate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vitamin E, White Petrolatum, White Wax.

So what about Desitin Creamy?

(1) Fragrance. As mentioned previously, synthetic fragrance contains phthalates, hormone disrupting chemicals.

(2) Methylparaben. One of the problematic parabens as discussed above.

(3) Sodium borate. The cosmetics industry’s own safety panel states that sodium borate “should not be used on infant skin or injured skin.” (CIR, p. 228).

So what can you do? Look for diaper creams free of synthetic fragrance, BHA, parabens and sodium borate.

this is why it was so important for us to create a line of safe products!


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