Baby products - baby health
Slogans on baby products
We all want what is best and healthier for our children. but do we really know the compositions of these "special baby," soft, "sensitive skin" products so skillfully presented by the advertisements ?
Are the tests on baby products sufficient ?
Children inhale more air than adults, their skin is about five times thinner than ours and is significantly more permeable : in general, what is on the skin goes into the body of the child in a certain form.
According to information on the baby toiletries of womens environmental network (wen,) "up to six months, infants do not have a blood-brain barrier to prevent blood-borne toxins from entering the brain: low-level exposure that would have little or no effect on an adult brain can have a significant effect on a baby's brain."
Most of us assume that the toiletries we put on our babies and children every day, in the form of powders, wipes, lotions or shampoos, have been thoroughly tested, are in compliance with the regulations and totally harmless.
This is technically correct: all ingredients used in baby products are subject to the ue regulations. But some toxicologists, and many environmental groups, think that testing for baby products is inadequate.
Our children are exposed to a "Cocktail" of chemicals
Many "baby hygiene" products contain a complex mixture of chemicals to make foam, slide, ... , as well as various perfumes and preservatives.
The dr chris flower, director general of the association of cosmetqiues, toilet and perfumery (ctpa,) says: "The manufacturer must ensure that any product is completely safe and, as a consumer, you can be absolutely certain that there is nothing to fear with these products." the dr vyvyan howard, toxicologist specialized in foetal and infant growth at the university "Since the day they are designed, our children are exposed to a "coffee" of chemicals, most of which did not exist at the time of our grandmothers. there are some 70,000 chemical substances currently in commercial use, and about 1,000 new substances each year. to test only these 1000 chemicals by combination of three, we would need at least 166000 experiments, ignoring the need to study variable doses. "
In other words, we really don't know what all these chemicals will do in the body of our children and even less their association.
Are they really dangerous to the health of our babies ?
Scientists fear that some of these chemicals will accumulate in our children's body.
According to the dr howard, "most children have measurable levels of at least 300 groups of chemicals in their bodies. These products are present in food, household products or chemical gardening, cosmetics and even air they breathe."This process can even begin in the uterus: "most of these chemical substances pass placenta or can be transmitted to the newborn via breast milk."
But are these products really dangerous to the health of our babies ? No one knows for sure.
Phthalates in baby products
Phthalates, for example, are found in many baby toiletries, in toys and even laminated logos on children's clothing. Greenpeace states that phthalates may not be indicated in the ingredients of baby products because they are contained in the term "perfum". Phthalates have recently been banned in some baby teeth toys and studies suggest a link between phthalates and early puberty in girls.
A recent American study indicates that 1% of girls have one or two signs of early puberty at the age of three. "it doesn't mean you have to stop your baby lotion or give the breast for up to three years, but," says Dr.Howard, "the younger we are, the greater the risk of being exposed to a change in the hormone system or endocrine modulators.".
Children and babies are the most vulnerable
Greenpeace activists believe that this is a sufficient reason to refrain from putting these ingredients in your baby's bath every night. "we should certainly be wary of any chemical that has been deemed intrinsically dangerous, which enters the bodies of our children and remains there," says mark strutt of greenpeace.
it also argues that current testing and regulatory methods are insufficient: "the effects on children and fetus are often ignored, which are most vulnerable to the impacts of chemicals. We put pressure on governments to take action on chemicals that can interfere with the development of children.".
Greenpeace is also concerned about chemicals in disposable layers: "They contain mixtures of chemicals in the form of glue, gel, dye, perfume and bleaching products that are not subject to any regulation or government control. sodium polyacrylate, removed from hygienic buffers in 1985 due to its connection to "toxic shock syndrome", is still used in disposable layers.
Eczema and baby products
Increasing use of unnecessary products under the name "hygiene" could certainly do more harm than good to the skin of our children. hot water, for example, is all that is necessary to keep most babies clean.
The dr. michael cork, consultant in dermatology at the Sheffield Children's Hospital, recently released a document showing that our consumption of baby products such as foaming baths, lotions, oils, talcs, towels and even baby scents, has greatly increased in recent decades. up to 20% of British children are now affected by eczema at a certain stage of their lives, compared to less than 5% in the 1950s.
According to the dr. cork: "there is a strong accumulation of evidence suggesting that the increase in eczema and the increased use of these products are linked.".
Detergents in baby baths
Some powerful detergents enter the composition of shampoos or baby bath. These same products can also be used in engine degreasing, car wash shampoos and floor cleaners. all this seems shocking when it comes to skin care, but the cork dr. explains: "It is not necessarily the individual elements that are problematic. The question is to know the concentration of each ingredient, and especially the way the product is used.
An ingredient can be perfectly tolerated if rinsed immediately, but can cause allergies if left on the skin. Moreover, some detergents may break the skin's natural protection barrier. so other irritants and allergens - like mites - can penetrate."
Hypoallergenic baby bath !
The dr. cork thinks the main problem is not the ingredients, but the labeling is insufficient. quantities are not given and words such as "hypoallergenic" are insane: "this means that ingredients are less likely to cause an allergic reaction to another molecule.
the dr. cork concludes that, "if we removed some ingredients from shampoos and baby and child baths, we could prevent a large number of children from being affected by eczema.".
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Translation of an article from the newspaper the guardian
Original file /www.guardian.co.uk/chemicalworld/