Baby lotions and shampoos could expose babies to dangerous parabens

BabyA new study has revealed that through personal care products (PCPs) such as lotions and shampoos, infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women.
Kurunthachalam Kannan and Ying Guo point out that the substances called phthalates and parabens are used in a wide range of products, from medical devices to children’s toys, as well as PCPs. Phthalates hold in moisture; parabens are used as preservatives.
Research suggests a link between these substances and health issues in animals and people, such as sperm damage, breast cancer and an increased risk for asthma. (Read: 5,500 British babies born addicted to drugs!)
In previous studies, Kannan’s team found that food and indoor dust contributed to phthalate exposure to varying degrees, but paraben exposure was low. Now it was time for them to look at a third route of possible exposure — the use of PCPs.
They collected 170 samples of makeup, lotions, shampoos and other products, including 20 items for babies, and tested them for nine phthalates and six parabens. Both substances were found in PCPs. (Read: Massaging your baby: Not the best idea say doctors!)
In baby products, phthalate concentrations were low, but parabens were common. When the researchers calculated possible exposure levels, they estimated that the potential daily skin exposure to parabens by infants and toddlers could be as much as two to three times higher than that for adult women. health tip: Always read the labels before buying products for your baby. If they contain anything which contains the word parabens or phthalate, they are better avoided. You might assume that ‘herbal’ products may not contain these harmful chemicals. But do read the labels in such cases too. Look for brands which have the words ‘Paraben-free’ written on them.